27 septembre 2018

A fine, rare and superb blue and white jar, mark and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735)

Lot 132. A fine, rare and superb blue and white jar, mark and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735); 25.2 cm, 9 7/8  in. Estimate 4,000,000 — 6,000,000 HKD (509,600 - 764,400 USD). Lot Sold 9,720,000 HKD (1,239,883 USD). Photo: Sotheby's. the tall ovoid body rising from a short foot, elegantly sweeping up to a gently sloping shoulder and a waisted neck with flared rim, the body superbly painted with four vertical leafy sprays of alternating lotus and camellia,... [Lire la suite]

26 septembre 2018

A rare blue and white 'dragon' box and cover, mark and period of Jiajing (1522-1566)

  Lot 136. A rare blue and white 'dragon' box and cover, mark and period of Jiajing (1522-1566); 21.3 cm, 8 3/8  in. Estimate 70,000 — 90,000 HKD (8,918 - 11,466 USD). Lot Sold 525,000 HKD (66,969 USD). Photo: Sotheby's. of circular form, supported on a short splayed foot, the domed cover boldly painted in rich cobalt-blue tones with a central medallion enclosing two five-clawed dragons, their sinuous scaly bodies writhing amidst stylised cloud clusters, all encircled by a wide... [Lire la suite]
26 septembre 2018

A rare blue and white barbed cupstand, Ming dynasty, Hongwu period (1368-1398)

Lot 117. A rare blue and white barbed cupstand, Ming dynasty, Hongwu period (1368-1398); 19.6 cm, 7 5/8  in. Estimate 1,800,000 — 2,500,000 HKD (229,320 - 318,500 USD). Lot Sold 2,250,000 HKD (287,010 USD). Photo: Sotheby's. the shallow rounded sides rising to a barbed everted rim divided into eight bracket foliations, moulded on the interior with a central raised ring and around the exterior with crisp radiating ridges dividing the... [Lire la suite]
26 septembre 2018

A rare and brilliantly painted blue and white barbed 'floral' charger, Ming dynasty, Yongle period (1403-1424)

Lot 140. A rare and brilliantly painted blue and white barbed 'floral' charger, Ming dynasty, Yongle period (1403-1424); 38 cm, 15 in. Estimate 2,500,000 — 3,500,000 HKD (318,500 - 445,900 USD). Lot Sold 3,240,000 HKD (413,294 USD). Photo: Sotheby's. with shallow rounded sides divided into twelve bracket foliations, rising from a short circular tapered foot to a barbed everted rim, exquisitely painted in shades of cobalt blue with 'heaping and piling', the interior with a central... [Lire la suite]
26 septembre 2018

A very rare blue and white 'pomegranate' dish, mark and period of Xuande (1426-1435)

Lot 125. A very rare blue and white 'pomegranate' dish, mark and period of Xuande (1426-1435); 20 cm, 7 7/8  in. Estimate 3,000,000 — 4,000,000 HKD (382,200 - 509,600 USD). Lot Sold 4,320,000 HKD (551,059 USD). Photo: Sotheby's. well potted with low rounded sides rising from a tapered foot to a flared rim, boldly painted to the interior in rich cobalt-blue tones with the 'heaped and piled' effect, depicting in the central interior a medallion enclosing a large flowering... [Lire la suite]
26 septembre 2018

A fine and extremely rare blue and white conical 'rose' bowl, Ming dynasty, Yongle period (1403-1424)

Lot 105. A fine and extremely rare blue and white conical 'rose' bowl, Ming dynasty, Yongle period (1403-1424); 20 cm, 7 7/8  in. Estimate 3,000,000 — 4,000,000 HKD (382,200 - 509,600 USD). Lot Sold 4,680,000 HKD (596,981 USD). Photo: Sotheby's. superbly potted in conical form, the wide flaring sides rising from a straight foot, delicately painted in soft cobalt-blue tones with characteristic 'heaping and piling' effect, depicting flowering and budding roses borne on a leafy meander... [Lire la suite]

26 septembre 2018

A large and rare pair of blue and white 'ram' bowls, marks and period of Jiajing (1522-1566)

Lot 115. A large and rare pair of blue and white 'ram' bowls, marks and period of Jiajing (1522-1566); 16.2 cm, 6 3/8  in. Estimate 5,000,000 — 7,000,000 HKD (637,000 - 891,800 USD). Lot Sold 21,720,000 HKD (2,770,603 USD). Photo: Sotheby's. each of bell shape, well potted with deep rounded sides supported on a tapered foot, elegantly sweeping up to a wide flared rim, the exterior vividly painted in rich cobalt-blue tones, depicting three rams in a landscape with pine,... [Lire la suite]
26 septembre 2018

A superb and rare yellow-ground underglaze-blue 'pomegranate' dish, mark and period of Zhengde (1506-1521)

Lot 127. A superb and rare yellow-ground underglaze-blue 'pomegranate' dish, mark and period of Zhengde (1506-1521); 29.2 cm, 11 1/2  in. Estimate 5,000,000 — 7,000,000 HKD (637,000 - 891,800 USD). Lot Sold 8,280,000 HKD (1,056,197 USD). Photo: Sotheby's.  well potted with low rounded sides rising from a tapered foot to a flared rim, finely painted to the interior in underglaze-blue with a large flowering pomegranate spray with two open blooms and three... [Lire la suite]
26 septembre 2018

An outstanding and rare blue and white 'rosette' moonflask, bianhu, Ming dynasty, Yongle period

Lot 122. An outstanding and rare blue and white 'rosette' moonflask, bianhu, Ming dynasty, Yongle period (1403-1424); 31.5 cm, 12 1/2  in. Estimate 7,000,000 — 9,000,000 HKD (891,800 - 1,146,600 USD). Lot Sold 12,720,000 HKD (1,622,563 USD). Photo: Sotheby's. modelled after a Middle Eastern metal prototype, the flattened spherical body rising to a waisted neck and a small bulb-shaped mouth, set with two elegantly arched strap handles ending in a leaf-shaped... [Lire la suite]
26 septembre 2018

Two masterpieces from the Collection of Sir Quo-Wei Lee at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 3 october 2018

Sir Quo-Wei Lee Sir Q.W. Lee was undoubtedly one of the most remarkable bankers, philanthropists and collectors of his generation. To be taken under his wing in all of these important areas was one of the greatest blessings of my life. Although the Lee and Lam families had had a close relationship for over seven decades, it was not until the passing of my husband, Paulo Lam Sou-Leung, that I developed a more personal relationship with Sir Q.W. and his family. Sir Q.W. encouraged me to join the Hang Seng Bank after I qualified as a... [Lire la suite]