20 novembre 2022

A teadust-glazed bottle vase, Mark and period of Guangxu (1875-1908)

Lot 367. A teadust-glazed bottle vase, Mark and period of Guangxu (1875-1908). Height 13¼ in., 33.5 cm. Sold for $15,120 (Estimate $10,000 - $15,000). © Sotheby's 2022 the base with a six-character mark. Provenance: Sotheby's Paris, 9th June 2010, lot 254. Important Chinese Art, New York, 21 september 2022

20 novembre 2022

Wuzhu coins, Han dynasty (206 BCE–220 CE)

Wuzhu coins, Han dynasty (206 BCE–220 CE). Bronze. Diam. (average) 2.6 cm. Collection of Shandong Provincial Museum.  In tombs of the Han dynasty, we often find either real or imitation coinage.[1] Clearly the purpose of these coins was cosmological as well as monetary.[2] Round coins with a square center hole are viewed as cosmic maps, imaging the relationship between the round heaven and the square earth, whereby the deceased could ascend to paradise. For this reason, bronze trees laden... [Lire la suite]
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20 novembre 2022

Mold for wuzhu coins, Han dynasty (206 BCE–220 CE)

Mold for wuzhu coins, Han dynasty (206 BCE–220 CE). Bronze; H. 22.7 cm, W. 7.7cm, D. 0.9 cm. Excavated from Cangshan. Collection of Shandong Provincial Museum. © China Institute Gallery In tombs of the Han dynasty, we often find either real or imitation coinage.[1] Clearly the purpose of these coins was cosmological as well as monetary.[2] Round coins with a square center hole are viewed as cosmic maps, imaging the relationship between the round heaven and the square earth, whereby the deceased could ascend to... [Lire la suite]
20 novembre 2022

Banliang coins, Han dynasty (206 BCE–220 CE)

Banliang coins, Han dynasty (206 BCE–220 CE). Bronze. Diam. (average) 2.3 cm. Collection of Shandong Provincial Museum. © China Institute Gallery A variety of different coinage was in use in ancient China until the First Emperor of China unified the currency during the Qin dynasty with the banliang (“half ounce” or four zhu) coin, which was round with a central square hole. This standardization of coinage was part of a broader plan to consolidate political and administrative power that... [Lire la suite]
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20 novembre 2022

Mold for banliang coins (four zhu), Han dynasty (206 BCE–220 CE)

  Mold for banliang coins (four zhu), Han dynasty (206 BCE–220 CE). Stone; H. 7.3 cm, W. 10.8 cm, D. 2.4 cm. Excavated at Linqu. Collection of Shandong Provincial Museum. © China Institute Gallery A variety of different coinage was in use in ancient China until the First Emperor of China unified the currency during the Qin dynasty with the banliang (“half ounce” or four zhu) coin, which was round with a central square hole. This standardization of coinage was part of a... [Lire la suite]
19 décembre 2021

A fine Ge-style glazed porcelain vase, Yongzheng-Qianlong period (1723-1796)

Lot 340. A fine Ge-style glazed porcelain vase, Yongzheng-Qianlong period (1723-1796). H. 40 cm. Sold: €17,000 (Est: €5,000 - €8,000). © 2021 Nagel Auctions Provenance: Collection of Adalbert Colsman (1886-1978) and Thilda Colsman, purchased from China-Bohlken, June 16th, 1939, by descent within the family to the present owner. Nagel Auctions. Asian Art, December 7, 2021

04 septembre 2021

Two parcel-gilt silver alloy vessels, a silver alloy oval basin and a parcel-gilt bronze pouring vessel, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 1091. Two parcel-gilt silver alloy vessels, a silver alloy oval basin and a parcel-gilt bronze pouring vessel, Tang dynasty (618-907); 10.7 to 26.8 cm. Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 HKD. Lot Sold: 138,600 HKD. (C) 2021 Sotheby's Sotheby's. Chinese Art Online, including Song Ceramics from the Kai-Yin Lo Collection, Hong Kong, 26 August 2021
21 janvier 2021

Three Cizhou painted bowls, Ming dynasty (1368-1644)

 Lot 108. Three Cizhou painted bowls, Ming dynasty (1368-1644); 6 18in 6 1/2 and 6 3/8in (15.5, 16.5 and 16.2cm) diam. Estimate US$ 3,000 - 5,000. Sold for US$ 3,570 (€ 2,950). Courtesy Bonhams. Each well-potted bowl with a flared rim, two painted with floral medallions on the well under a geometric band near the rim, the third with a fish among water weeds under concentric rings. Provenance: Flores & Iva, November 1999 (all). Bonhams. Fine Chinese and Japanese Works of Art Part I, 14... [Lire la suite]
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07 septembre 2019

A Guan-type faceted vase (hu), Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795)

Lot 628. A Guan-type faceted vase (hu), Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795). Height 5 3/4  in., 14.6 cm. Estimate 60,000 — 80,000 USD. © Sotheby's.  the pear-shaped body of quadrangular section with canted corners, all supported on a straight foot and set with two lug handles at the neck, covered overall in a creamy pale bluish-green glaze suffused with fine taupe-colored craquelure, the base with a six-character seal mark in underglaze blue. Provenance: Collection of... [Lire la suite]
07 janvier 2019

A rare painted lacquer circular box and cover, Late Eastern Zhou dynasty, 4th-3rd century BC

Lot 1212. A rare painted lacquer circular box and cover, Late Eastern Zhou dynasty, 4th-3rd century BC. Box and cover 8 in. (20.3 cm.) across approximately; fragment 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm.) at widest (2). Estimate $3,000 - USD 5,000. Price Realised $20,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011 The top of the cover finely painted in red on a black ground with three birds with long tail feathers and crests running within red and angular scroll borders, with similar borders on the sides and sides of the box, with... [Lire la suite]