15 mars 2023

Covered Tray, Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644

Covered Tray, Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644. Lacquer and basketry, 4 1/2 x 12 3/4 x 21 in. (11.4 x 32.4 x 53.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. John P. Lyden, 83.168.3. The top of this covered tray is decorated with a complex painting of palace buildings in a landscape setting, rendered in various colors and gold on a black lacquer ground. Inside the cover is an inscription reading Jie Ji, the name of a lacquer manufacturing studio.
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14 mars 2023

An Extremely Rare and Important Octagonal Lacquer 'Bird' Plate with 'Zhang Cheng' Maker's Mark (Yuan dynasty, 14th century), 14t

An Extremely Rare and Important Octagonal Lacquer 'Bird' Plate with 'Zhang Cheng' Maker's Mark, (Yuan dynasty, 14th century), 14th century. Lacquer, D. 30.5 cm d (12 in.). Courtesy LITTLETON & HENNESSY ASIAN ART at TEFAF Maastrich 2023 Provenance: The Mike Healy Collection of Chinese Lacquer. Literature: 2002. Published in Masterpieces of Chinese Lacquer from the Mike Healy Collection, by Julia M. White and Bao Yanli, page 52-53 The octagonal shaped plate exquisitely carved... [Lire la suite]
19 février 2023

A rare crystal-inlaid red and black lacquered ritual spoon, bi, Western Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 9)

Lot 807. A rare crystal-inlaid red and black lacquered ritual spoon, bi, Western Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 9); 10 1/4 in. (26 cm.) long, composite stand, plexiglass case. Estimate USD 6,000 – USD 8,000. Unsold. © Christie's 2023 The spoon has a long slender handle and a flat ovoid bowl centered with a faceted rock crystal insert. It is decorated on the handle and on the reverse of the bowl with red scrollwork painted on a dark brownish-black lacquer ground. Provenance: Acquired in Hong Kong,... [Lire la suite]
19 février 2023

A red and black lacquered-wood 'ear cup’, er bei, Warring States period, circa 4th–3rd century BC

Lot 806. A red and black lacquered-wood 'ear cup’, er bei, Warring States period, circa 4th–3rd century BC; 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm.) long, cloth box. Estimate USD 8,000 – USD 12,000. Price realised USD 10,710. © Christie's 2023 The elliptical cup rests on a flat base, with the deep rounded sides rising to a thin lip and flanked by a pair of ‘butterfly-wing' shaped ears decorated with zig-zag patterns on top and spiral motifs on the sides. The decorations are painted in red and black, the lower... [Lire la suite]
11 janvier 2023

A carved cinnabar lacquer 'birds' box and cover, Ming dynasty, 16th century

Lot 277. A carved cinnabar lacquer 'birds' box and cover, Ming dynasty, 16th century; Diameter 8.2 cm, 3¼ in. Lot sold: 8,190 GBP (Estimate: 4,000 - 6,000 GBP). © 2022 Sotheby's. Property from a European Private Collection. Provenance: JBerwald Oriental Art Ltd., London, 12th June 2003. Note: This particularly moving figure represents an evolution from the traditional iconography of the Song dynasty (960-1279) Buddhist sculpture. Its salient stylistic features probably... [Lire la suite]
10 décembre 2022

An imperial polychrome lacquer carved 'dragon and phoenix' dish, Wanli mark cyclically dated Yiwei year, corresponding to 1595,

Lot 27. An imperial polychrome lacquer carved 'dragon and phoenix' dish, Wanli mark cyclically dated Yiwei year, corresponding to 1595, and of the period; 20.9cm (8 1/4in) diam. (2). Sold for HKD 2,271,000 (Estimate HKD 1,800,000- HKD 2,000,000). © Bonhams 2001-2022 The shallow dish superbly carved on the interior through the cinnabar red top layer to the yellow and black layers with a large central medallion depicting a pair of powerful dragon and phoenix, one ascending, one descending... [Lire la suite]

06 décembre 2022

A pair of gold foil-embellished and painted-lacquer goblets with gold-inlaid bronze mounts, Western Han dynasty

Lot 168. A pair of gold foil-embellished and painted-lacquer goblets with gold-inlaid bronze mounts, Western Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 9); 16.7 cm. Lot sold: 378,000 HKD (Estimate: 400,000 - 600,000 HKD). © Sotheby's 2022 each beautifully painted around the exterior in red lacquer against a black lacquered ground with a wide frieze of undulating cloud scrolls, interspersed with small animals embellished in gold foil, including a tiger, an antelope, a bird and canines, above a... [Lire la suite]
06 novembre 2022

A rare tianqi and qiangjin lacquer 'dragons' tray, Wanli incised eight-character mark cyclically dated to the Dingwei year, 1607

Lot 309. A tianqi and qiangjin lacquer 'dragons' tray, Wanli incised eight-character mark cyclically dated to the Dingwei year corresponding to 1607 and of the period; 35.1cm (13 3/4in) wide. (3). Sold for £85,980  (Estimate  £60,000-80,000). © Bonhams 2001-2022 Of rectangular form with canted corners and elegantly decorated with two writhing five-clawed dragons each confronting a flaming pearl in the centre, amidst ruyi-clouds and crashing waves and rocks, on... [Lire la suite]
05 novembre 2022

A rare gilt-decorated red lacquer 'bajixiang' sutra box and cover, Early 15th century

Lot 305. A rare gilt-decorated red lacquer 'bajixiang' sutra box and cover, Early 15th century; 40cm (15 3/4in) long. Sold for £19,125 (Estimate  £15,000-20,000). © Bonhams 2001-2022 The rectangular box lacquered in vibrant red and decorated with gold-filled incised lines depicting scrolling lotus with the 'Eight Buddhist Emblems' each supported on an blossoming lotus flower, the cover hinged and with a gilt-bronze clasp at the front chased with lotus motifs, the sides of the... [Lire la suite]
05 novembre 2022

A rare pair of tianqi and qiangjin lacquer square 'floral' incense stands, 17th century

   Lot 305. A rare pair of tianqi and qiangjin lacquer square 'floral' incense stands, 17th century. Each 90.4cm (35 1/2in) high. (2). Sold for £88,500 (Estimate  £70,000-90,000). © Bonhams 2001-2022 Each finely incised and coloured in varying shades of red, green and burnt amber shading to black, all picked out with traces of gold filling the incisions, the square tops finely incised and gilt with a central panel depicting a gnarled branch of blossoming peonies,... [Lire la suite]