28 mars 2020

A large celadon-green jade carving of a recumbent horse, Qing dynasty, 18th-19th century

Lot 3213. A large celadon-green jade carving of a recumbent horse, Qing dynasty, 18th-19th century; 28 cm., 11 in. Estimate 1,500,000 — 2,000,000 HKD. Lot Sold 1,820,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the boulder carved in the form of a recumbent horse modelled with its head and maned neck turned back over the shoulder, its hoofed legs tucked under the body with its long tail curled alongside its right hind leg, the hair on its mane and tail detailed with fine incisions, the stone of... [Lire la suite]

28 mars 2020

A celadon and russet jade boy and buffalo group, late 17th century

Lot 3210. A celadon and russet jade boy and buffalo group, late 17th century; 11 cm., 4 1/2 in. Estimate 3,000,000 — 5,000,000 HKD. Lot Sold 9,380,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's. finely carved in the round as a recumbent buffalo with raised head and animated expression, detailed with powerful legs and a bushy tail, the boy in loose-fitted clothes climbing on the beast, clutching a spray of millet, the lustrous stone of a warm celadon tone highlighted with russet inclusions. ... [Lire la suite]
28 mars 2020

A black and white jade 'cat and butterfly' carving, Ming dynasty (1368-1644)

Lot 3209. A black and white jade 'cat and butterfly' carving, Ming dynasty (1368-1644); 6.8 cm., 2 3/4 in. Estimate 2,000,000 — 3,000,000 HKD. Lot Sold 2,420,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's. carved from a slightly cube-shaped block, in the form of a grinning cat trampling leaves with its feet, clenching a sprig of banana leaves in its mouth, its tail curled alongside its left flank, set with a butterfly on its back, the stone of white tone with patches of... [Lire la suite]
27 mars 2020

A dark green and buff jade bi, Late Warring States period-Western Han dynasty, 4th century BC-1st century AD

Lot 2006. A dark green and buff jade bi, Late Warring States period-Western Han dynasty, 4th century BC-1st century AD; 6½ in. (16.5 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 7,000. Price Realized USD 13,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.  Each side is carved in low relief with a field of comma spirals within an hexagonal grid pattern between inscribed line borders at the outer and inner rims. The dark green stone is now semi-opaque and has opaque areas of buff color, box, metal stand. ... [Lire la suite]
27 mars 2020

A greenish-grey stone axe, Neolithic period, circa 4th-3rd millennium BC

Lot 2005. A greenish-grey stone axe, Neolithic period, circa 4th-3rd millennium BC; 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm.) long. Estimate USD 3,000 - USD 5,000. Price Realized USD 5,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.  The thick blade tapers to the sides and flares towards the rounded, beveled cutting edge. The hafting hole is drilled from both sides. The stone is of mottled greenish-grey color and has a satiny polish. Provenance: J.J. Lally & Co., New York, February 1997. Exhibited: New York,... [Lire la suite]
27 mars 2020

A mottled greenish-grey and dark brown jade axe, Neolithic period or Shang dynasty, circa 2000-1600 BC

Lot 2004. A mottled greenish-grey and dark brown jade axe, Neolithic period or Shang dynasty, circa 2000-1600 BC; 2 1/8 in. (5.5 cm.) wide. Estimate USD 7,000 - USD 10,000. Price Realized USD 8,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.  The thick blade flares towards the softly beveled cutting edge, and has a biconical hafting hole, and a smaller conical hole drilled at the opposite butt end where the corners are rounded. The pale greenish-grey areas of the stone are semi-translucent while... [Lire la suite]

27 mars 2020

A greyish-green jade scabbard chape, Late Eastern Zhou-Han dynasty, 4th century BC-1st century AD

Lot 2002. A greyish-green jade scabbard chape, Late Eastern Zhou-Han dynasty, 4th century BC-1st century AD; 2 1/8 in. (5.5 cm.) wide. Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 7,000. Price Realized USD 6,875. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.  Of lenticular section, the chape is carved on both sides with angular scrolls, and the smaller flat end is pierced with a central and two flanking holes for attachment to the bottom of the scabbard. There is extensive ivory-colored alteration to the pale... [Lire la suite]
27 mars 2020

A dark greyish-green jade bi, Northwest China, late 2nd-1st millennium BC

Lot 2001. A dark greyish-green jade bi, Northwest China, late 2nd-1st millennium BC; Bi 7 in. (17.8 cm.) diam.; pendant 2 11/16 in. (6.8 cm.) long. Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. Price Realized USD 8,125. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.  The bi has a smooth, unadorned surface and the blue-green stone has areas of opaque buff color. Together with a small altered jade curved pendant, late Shang/early Western Zhou dynasty, that is carved at one end with the head of a... [Lire la suite]
27 mars 2020

An olive-green and brown jade cong, Neolithic period, Liangzhu culture, circa 2500 BC

Lot 2000. An olive-green and brown jade cong, Neolithic period, Liangzhu culture, circa 2500 BC; 8 3/8 in. (21.3 cm.) high. Estimate USD 12,000 - USD 18,000. Price Realized USD 245,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.  The cong is of square cross section surrounding a central circular tube with rounded square collars, and tapers slightly from top to bottom. The sides are divided into seven registers with a stylized face at each of the four corners, the masks in the lower six... [Lire la suite]
26 mars 2020

An imperial apple-green jadeite belt-hook and buckle, Qing dynasty, late 18th-early 19th century

Lot 3641. An imperial apple-green jadeite belt-hook and buckle, Qing dynasty, late 18th-early 19th century; 9 1/8 in. (23.1 cm.) wide. Estimate HKD 1,000,000 - HKD 1,500,000. Price Realized HKD 1,340,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011.  Each carved through the even apple-green material with a coiled chilong within lingzhi scrolls, the dragon-head hook of the same tone, the underside of each carved with protruding circular tabs of paler tone.  Note: A... [Lire la suite]