04 novembre 2017

An extremely rare and important pair of Huanghuali horseshoe-back armchairs, Quanyi, Ming dynasty, 17th century

Lot 150. An extremely rare and important pair of Huanghuali horseshoe-back armchairs, Quanyi, Ming dynasty, 17th century. Estimate GBP 800,000 - GBP 1,200,000 (USD 1,043,200 - USD 1,564,800). Price realised GBP 908,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 On each chair the sweeping crest rail terminates in outswept hooks above shaped spandrels, and forms an elegant curve above the back splat decorated with an openwork four-lobed cartouche. The rear posts continue to form the back legs below the... [Lire la suite]

31 octobre 2017

A huanghuali low table, Kangzhuo, Late Ming dynasty

Lot 76. A huanghuali low table, Kangzhuo, Late Ming dynasty. Estimate USD  40,000 - 60,000. Sold for US$ 48,750 (€41,888). Photo: Bonhams. The three-board top set in a rectangular frame, bordered by a 'water stopping' edge above a short waist, the aprons muscularly carved on each side with striding pairs of confronting archaistic chilong wreathed with foliate scroll, all raised on four thick cabriole legs of square section decorated with curling leaves, terminating in 'pearl and leaf' feet... [Lire la suite]
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31 octobre 2017

A massive huanghuali compound cabinet, dingxianggui, 18th century

Lot 77. A massive huanghuali compound cabinet, dingxianggui, 18th century. Estimate USD  50,000 - 100,000. Sold for US$ 75,000 (€64,444). Photo: Bonhams. Comprising of two sections, the smaller chest stacked on the top of the lower cabinet, both of rectangular form and each faced with two doors separated by a vertical stile, the four doors centering on a finely carved cartouche composed of foliate scroll swirling around phoenixes, auspicious chimes and bats, the corners of each door further... [Lire la suite]
18 septembre 2017

Four 'hongmu' marble-inset armchairs, Qing dynasty, 19th century

Lot 915. Four 'hongmu' marble-inset armchairs, Qing dynasty, 19th century. Estimate 6,000 — 8,000 USD. Lot sold 162,500 USD. Courtesy Sotheby’s. each with square-section members forming the undulating crestrail and straight back posts joined by well-carved openwork lingzhi enclosing a circular marble plaque of ivory color, suffused with brown striations, the stepped and recessed arms with further lingzhi motifs, the hardwood seat supported on four angular cabriole... [Lire la suite]
12 septembre 2017

A very rare pair of zitan continuous horseshoe-back armchairs, quanyi, 18th century

Lot 947. A very rare pair of zitan continuous horseshoe-back armchairs, quanyi, 18th century. Estimate USD 300,000 - USD 500,000. Price realised USD 792,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 Each has a sweeping crestrail supported on an S-shaped backsplat and vertical rear and front posts which continue through the rectangular seat to form the legs, above humpback stretchers fitted with vertical struts. The legs are of round section and are joined by stepped stretchers and a foot rest at the front.35... [Lire la suite]
11 septembre 2017

A very rare zitan 'Southern official's hat' armchair, nanguanmaoyi, late 17th-18th century

Lot 946. A very rare zitan 'Southern official's hat' armchair, nanguanmaoyi, late 17th-18th century. Estimate USD 200,000 - USD 300,000. Unsold. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 The top rail of round section is supported on an S-shaped back splat and curved rear posts, which continue to form the rear legs. The curved arms are supported on tapering braces and front posts which continue through the seat to form the front legs. All are above a mat seat set within a rectangular frame above plain aprons fitted on the... [Lire la suite]

01 septembre 2017

A pair of huanghuali rectangular side tables, banzhuo, 17th century

Lot 954. A pair of huanghuali rectangular side tables, banzhuo, 17th century; 34 1/8 in. (86.7 cm.) high, 38 ¾ in. (98.4 cm.) wide, 19 ½ in. (49.5 cm.) deep. Estimate USD 250,000 - USD 350,000. Price realised USD 324,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 Each table has a single floating panel set within the rectangular frame, above a narrow waist and shaped, beaded aprons. The cusped aprons are finely carved with confronting chilong. The legs of square section are joined by beaded humpback... [Lire la suite]
01 septembre 2017

A huanghuali rectangular corner-leg side table, banzhuo, 17th century

Lot 951. A huanghuali rectangular corner-leg side table, banzhuo, 17th century, 34 in. (86.4 cm.) high, 42 ¼ in. (107.3 cm.) wide, 22 ¾ in. (57.9 cm.) deep. Estimate USD 100,000 - USD 150,000. Price realised USD 106,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 The single floating panel top is set in the rectangular frame above a narrow waist and plain apron. The legs are of square section joined by humpback stretchers and terminate in hoof feet.  Provenance: Chan Shing Kee, Hong Kong, October... [Lire la suite]
22 août 2017

Sotheby's Hong Kong to show the MQJ Collection of Ming furniture

HONG KONG.- During its autumn sale week, Sotheby’s Hong Kong will present an exhibition of the private collection of the world’s foremost expert in and leading dealer of Ming furniture, Grace Wu Bruce. Perhaps the greatest collection of Ming furniture in private hands, The Best of The Best: The MQJ Collection of Ming Furniture will be on public view at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 29 September to 2 October 2017. A new book by Grace Wu Bruce under the same title, documenting each item of... [Lire la suite]
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27 juillet 2017

A huanghuali recessed-leg table, pingtouan, Ming dynasty, early 17th century

Lot 4072. A huanghuali recessed-leg table, pingtouan, Ming dynasty, early 17th century, 31 1/2 in. (80 cm.) high, 57 3/8 in. (145.8 cm.) wide, 18 7/8 in. (48 cm.) deep. Estimate HKD 1,800,000 - HKD 2,500,000. Price realised HKD 1,580,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2012 The two-panel top is set within a wide rectangular frame above plain, beaded aprons and apron-head spandrels. The frame is supported on legs of rounded section joined by pairs of stretchers. Provenance: Acquired by the present... [Lire la suite]