11 octobre 2017

A superbly carved bamboo-root 'Pine tree' waterpot, attributed to Zhu He, Jiading School, Late Ming dynasty

Lot 3005. A superbly carved bamboo-root 'Pine tree' waterpot, attributed to Zhu He, Jiading School, Late Ming dynasty, l. 6.5 cm, 2 1/2  in. Estimate 400,000 — 600,000 HKD. Lot sold 1,625,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's. delicately carved as a hollowed-out trunk section of a burled pine tree, the exterior further well rendered in openwork with gnarled branches bearing clusters of pine needles, the stippled grained surface of a dark reddish-brown colour, wood stand. Provenance: Bluett... [Lire la suite]

11 octobre 2017

An outstanding and extremely rare inscribed 'shanmu' 'dragon' raft, signed Meigen, Qing dynasty, Guangxu period

Lot 3007. An outstanding and extremely rare inscribed 'shanmu' 'dragon' raft, signed Meigen, Qing dynasty, Guangxu period (1875-1908), 31.7 cm, 12 1/2  in. Estimate 2,000,000 — 3,000,000 HKD. Lot sold 2,500,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's. the natural branch oriented horizontally to resemble a log raft with protrusions extending upwards, one side carved with a two-character inscription reading long cha ('dragon raft') followed by Jilou ('Odds and Ends Studio'), the reverse densely carved with a... [Lire la suite]
06 octobre 2017

A finely carved rhinoceros horn 'Lotus leaf' libation cup, 17th century

Lot 3704. A finely carved rhinoceros horn 'Lotus leaf' libation cup, 17th century, 14.7 cm, 5 7/8  in. Estimate 600,000 — 800,000. Lot sold 2,500,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's. modelled in the form of a finely veined lotus leaf, the exterior carved with a leafy millet spray on one side and a broad, downward folded leaf with furled edges on another, set on one side with an openwork handle formed from intertwining stems issuing a lotus flower, extended to the base as a further bloom... [Lire la suite]
06 octobre 2017

A rhinoceros horn 'Peach' libation cup, Late Ming-early Qing dynasty

Lot 3703. A rhinoceros horn 'Peach' libation cup, Late Ming-early Qing dynasty, 7 cm, 2 5/8  in. Estimate 500,000 — 700,000. Lot sold 625,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's. modelled in the form of a hollowed peach, borne on a gnarled leafy bough forming the handle, extended to further branches issuing a smaller peach fruit on the base, carved bamboo stand. Provenance: The Songzhutang Collection, acquired in New York, 1997. Christie's Hong Kong, 30th November 2011, lot 3035. ... [Lire la suite]
06 octobre 2017

An archaistic rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th century

Lot 3702. An archaistic rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th century, 14 cm, 5½ in. Estimate 300,000 — 500,000. Lot sold 1,500,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's. of rectangular section, the flaring sides supported on a short splayed foot, set on one side with a handle decorated in openwork with a chilong climbing up to the rim, the exterior carved in low relief with a wide band of taotie masks reserved on a leiwen ground, below a band of keyfret at the rim, the interior... [Lire la suite]
06 octobre 2017

An archaistic rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th century

Lot 3700. An archaistic rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th century, 10.2 cm, 4 in. Estimate 200,000 — 300,000. Lot sold 875,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's. the protruding central section resting on a straight foot and surmounted by a wide and everted rim, carved in low relief around the middle section with a diaper band with bracketed motifs, encircled by keyfret bands at the rim and the foot, set with an 'S'-scroll handle on one side with a chilong, the horn of an even golden brown colour. ... [Lire la suite]

06 octobre 2017

A rhinoceros horn 'Chilong and Lingzhi' libation cup, 17th century

Lot 3698. A rhinoceros horn 'Chilong and Lingzhi' libation cup, 17th century, 14.7 cm, 5¾ in. Estimate 400,000 — 600,000. Lot sold 2,000,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's. the flared sides carved in relief on the exterior with a sinuous long-horned chilong, grasping a sprig of lingzhiin its mouth and clambering amongst stems issuing further lingzhi and leafy bamboo, the double handle formed from intertwined bamboo and a stem issuing further clusters... [Lire la suite]
06 octobre 2017

A finely carved rhinoceros horn 'Chilong and Lingzhi' libation cup, 17th century

Lot 3695. A finely carved rhinoceros horn 'Chilong and Lingzhi' libation cup, 17th century, length 16.5 cm, 6 1/2  in. Estimate 400,000 — 600,000. Lot sold 2,000,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's. of conical form, deftly carved on the exterior in high relief with three long-horned chilong, each with a sinuous body terminating in a bifurcated tail, clambering amongst leafy bamboo and stems bearing clusters of large lingzhi, the base formed from further large lingzhi heads in... [Lire la suite]
06 octobre 2017

A finely carved rhinoceros horn 'Landscape' libation cup, 17th century

Lot 3694. A finely carved rhinoceros horn 'Landscape' libation cup, 17th century, length 14.2 cm, 5 5/8  in. Estimate 200,000 — 300,000. Lot sold 812,500 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's.  of conical form, the flaring sides tapering to a hollowed oval base, carved around the exterior in high relief with a continuous riverscape detailed with figures engaging in various activities, including one holding a qincrossing a bridge, two standing beside a pavilion, another riding on a horse with an... [Lire la suite]
26 septembre 2017

A superbly carved and extremely rare tianhuang 'Dragon' seal, signed Lin Ji, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Lot 3008. A superbly carved and extremely rare tianhuang 'Dragon' seal, signed Lin Ji, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722), 6 cm, 2 3/8  in., 141.4 gr. Estimate 10,000,000 — 15,000,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's. the well-patinated rich caramel-yellow soapstone of natural pebble form, the irregular side skilfully carved with a pair of soaring three-clawed dragons depicted in mutual pursuit of a 'flaming pearl' above tumultuous waves, all amidst cloud wisps extending across the straight sides... [Lire la suite]