11 août 2023

Chinese Huang-hua-li Furniture at Minneapolis Institute of Art

Folding round-back armchair, late 16th century. Huang-hua-li hardwood with iron hardware, 104.62 x 76.52 x 76.2 cm (unfolded). Minneapolis Institute of Art, Gift of Ruth and Bruce Dayton, 98.80.3. Considered by many to be one of the most elegant designs created by Chinese cabinet makers, the round-back folding armchair is a unique combination of utility and ceremonial grandeur. This large, harmoniously proportioned chair is an exact mate to one now owned by the Shanghai Museum. It retains its original patina, decorative carving,... [Lire la suite]

01 août 2023

A rare huanghuali side table, Qing dynasty, 18th-19th century

Lot 91. A rare huanghuali side table, Qing dynasty, 18th-19th century. Hauteur : 88,3 cm. Longueur : 141,6 cm. Largeur : 40 cm. Price realised EUR 226,800 (Estimate EUR 200,000 – EUR 300,000). © Christie's 2023 Le plateau rectangulaire repose sur quatre pieds cylindriques reliés à la ceinture par des encoignures en forme de rinceaux. Provenance: Collection of Ulrich Spalinger (1869-1945), Zurich, acquired in Beijing before 1939, and then by descent to the present owner. ... [Lire la suite]
23 juillet 2023

A Rare Chinese Mother-of-Pearl-Inlaid Black Lacquer Recessed-Leg Table, Pingtou'an, Ming Dynasty, 16th-17th Century

Lot 76. A Rare Chinese Mother-of-Pearl-Inlaid Black Lacquer Recessed-Leg Table, Pingtou'an, Ming Dynasty, 16th-17th Century; 80 cm high, 130 cm wide, 42 cm deep. Price realised GBP 69,300 (Estimate GBP 60,000 – GBP 100,000). © Christie's Image Ltd 2023 The rectangular top delicately inlaid with a garden setting depicting birds, butterflies and insects hovering above leafy plants, rocks, peonies, interspersed by two poetic inscriptions, within a band decorated... [Lire la suite]
16 juillet 2023

A rootwood-inset altar table, Qing dynasty

Lot 568A. A rootwood-inset altar table, Qing dynasty; 104 x 217 x 43,5 cm. Sold: € 8 000 (Estimate €2 500- €3 500). Photo Nagel Auction. Few age cracks and stains. Provenance: Former German private collection, acquired prior to 2007. Fine Asian Art - Day I by Nagel Auction, June 12, 2023, Stuttgart
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16 juillet 2023

A marquetry-top 'huanghuali' corner-leg painting table 'huazhuo', Qing dynasty

Lot 73. A marquetry-top 'huanghuali' corner-leg painting table 'huazhuo', Qing dynasty; 85,2 x 180 x 70 cm. Sold: € 8 500 (Estimate €5 000- €8 000). Photo Nagel Auction. The wide top with rounded edges set with an intricate marquety panel, the frieze formed as a single horizontal rib curving into an elegant loop at the joint with each plain cylindrical leg, each leg further secured to the top beneath the joint by two 'flying buttress' sections behind the frieze. Minor age... [Lire la suite]
20 juin 2023

A fine and rare inlaid-huanghuali cabinet, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Lot 71. A fine and rare inlaid-huanghuali cabinet, Kangxi period (1662-1722); 34,8 x 35 x 25,5 cm. Sold: €80 000 (Estimate €12 000 - €18 000). Photo Nagel Auction. With two doors and frour drawers inside, metal fittings. The stand with openwork carving of dragons. The cover and the sides finely inlaid with mother-of-pearl, stones and different materials. Provenance: From the collection of merchant Alfred Julius Forkel (1873-1934), assembled in China prior to 1910, described... [Lire la suite]

14 mai 2023

Chinese Furniture sold at Christie's New York, 23 March - 24 March 2023

 Lot 1148. An exceptional and very rare huanghuali folding chair, 17th century; 108.6 cm high, 78.7 cm wide, 57.8 cm deep. Price realised USD 2,820,000 (Estimate USD 2,000,000 – USD 3,000,000). © Christie's Images Ltd 2023 Provenance: Peter Lai Antiques, Hong Kong.Private collection, Japan, early 1990s.Christie's Hong Kong, 29-30 October 1995, lot 601. Note: The present folding chair is notable for its majestic proportions and the... [Lire la suite]
16 avril 2023

"A Connoisseur's Studio: The Cissy and Robert Tang Collection of Chinese Classical Furniture" To be Offered on 30 May

"A Connoisseur's Studio: The Cissy and Robert Tang Collection of Chinese Classical Furniture". © Christie's Images Ltd 2023. “As a collector, I have purchased pieces I found attractive, that appealed to me… Every piece of furniture had to fit into my home and have a function.” – Mr. Tang Hong Kong – On 30 May, Christie's will present the live auction "A Connoisseur's Studio: The Cissy and Robert Tang Collection of Chinese Classical Furniture" at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, featuring a diverse selection of rare... [Lire la suite]
06 avril 2023

Chinese Furniture sold at Sotheby's New York, 22 March 2023

Lot 542. A rare 'huanghuali' square-corner display cabinet (Lianggegui), Qing dynasty, 17th century. Height 204.8 cm; Width 112.4 cm; Depth 61.6 cm. Lot Sold 1,330,500 USD (Estimate 300,000 - 500,000 USD). © Sotheby's Property from The Personal Collection of the late Sir Joseph Hotung Provenance: Robert H. Ellsworth, New York, 21st May 1998. Staging Treasures: A Rare huanghuali Square-Corner Display Cabinet 17th century examples of cabinets made specifically for the... [Lire la suite]
28 mars 2023

An eight panel red and gilt lacquer screen, weiping, Qing dynasty, 19th century

Lot 100. An eight panel red and gilt lacquer screen, weiping, Qing dynasty, 19th century; 82 x 132 x 1 1/8in (208.3 x 335.3 x 2.8cm). Sold for US$10,837.50 (Estimate: US$10,000 - 15,000). © Bonhams 2001-2023 Decorated in raised gilt lacquer on a red ground, each panel composed of three vertical sections of landscape waterways dotted with pavilions, rocky promontories and bridges with figures engaged in leisurely pursuits, al reserved on a ground of lotus and floral scrolls and set into vertical frames above a... [Lire la suite]