12 décembre 2017

An extraordinary finely carved rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th-18th century

Lot 25. An extraordinary finely carved rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th-18th century. H 11,5 - B 15 - D 10,5 cm - Weight: 467g. Courtesy Carlo Bonte the flaring sides finely carved in partial openwork with scholars strolling underneath trees in a rocky landscape and a fishing boat by the shore, a large rock to the inside upon which grows a pine tree, the flat base carved with stylised waves. Art Asiatique chez Salle des Ventes Carlo Bonte, 20 8000 Brugge (Belgique), le 12 Décembre 2017 à 10h00

09 décembre 2017

Boxwood brush-holder depicting a scholars' gathering in the West Garden, Late 17th to early 18th century

Boxwood brush-holder depicting a scholars' gathering in the West Garden, Late 17th to early 18th century, h. 18.5 cm, diams. of mouth 17.8 x 22.3 cm © National Palace Museum. A popular legend in the Ming and Qing periods described how several centurie­s ago during the Yuanyuo reign (1086-1093) of North Song emperor Zhezong, a graceful literary gathering had taken place at West Garden, the property of Wang Shen, husband of a mid-Song emperor's daughter, and a painter-cum-calligrapher in his own right. Wang was... [Lire la suite]
09 décembre 2017

Bamboo brush-holder depicting a scene of horse herding, by Wu Zhi-fan, Late 17th to early 18th century

Bamboo brush-holder depicting a scene of horse herding, by Wu Zhi-fan, Late 17th to early 18th century, h. 15.5 cm, diam. of mouth 7.4 cm © National Palace Museum The three-footed brush-holder is made of a stem section, with one joint kept for the base which curves a little inward. The surface is slightly scraped off using the jiandi technique (thinning the ground) along the top and bottom rims so both look somewhat flared. In low relief is carved a horse lying on the back rolling and kicking. A... [Lire la suite]
09 décembre 2017

Bamboo brush-holder depicting a letter-reading scene from the Romance of the West Chamber, Mid-17th century

Bamboo brush-holder depicting a letter-reading scene from the Romance of the West Chamber, Mid-17th century. With signature of Ju Sansong, h. 13.5 cm, diam. of mouth 8.5 cm, diam. of foot 8.7 cm © National Palace Museum Zhu Zhizheng, born around 1559 (year died unknown), active from 1573 to 1619, was Zhu Ying's third son. Among the many works which have come down to today carrying his sobriquet signature of "Sansong" (Third Pine), this holder is the most famous one. The high-relief scene shows a lady,... [Lire la suite]
04 décembre 2017

An inscribed zitan brush pot, signed Wang Duo (1592-1652) dated to dingchou cyclical year, 1637 and of the period

Lot 2972. An inscribed zitan brush pot, signed Wang Duo (1592-1652) dated to dingchou cyclical year corresponding to 1637 and of the period; 5 in. (12.5 cm.) high. Estimate HKD 150,000 - HKD 200,000. Price realised HKD 350,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017  The cylindrical brush pot is carved with a short prose dedicated to Luo Yue and dated to dingchou cyclical year, followed by a signature of Wang Duo. It is raised on three low feet and fitted with a... [Lire la suite]
04 décembre 2017

A large carved aloeswood brush pot, Qing dynasty, 18th century

Lot 2971. A large carved aloeswood brush pot, Qing dynasty, 18th century; 8 1/4 in. (21 cm.) high. Estimate HKD 280,000 - HKD 450,000. Price realised HKD 812,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017  The brush pot is carved from a large segment of aloeswood, in high and low relief to produce the effect of depth and perspective, with scholars and their attendants, gathered in groups and depicted in various pursuits to include scenery appreciation, tea drinking and scholarly discussion,... [Lire la suite]

04 décembre 2017

A carved huanghuali 'faux burl' brush pot, Qing dynasty, 18th century

Lot 2968. A carved huanghuali 'faux burl' brush pot, Qing dynasty, 18th century; 7 in. (18 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 80,000 - HKD 120,000. Price realised HKD 100,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 The brush pot with thick sides is carved in imitation of burl wood, with large gnarls and knobs, and has a separately carved base plug. The brush pot is of dark honey tones complementing the beautiful rich patination of the wood.  Christie's. Important... [Lire la suite]
01 décembre 2017

A very rare and finely carved huanghuali ‘chilong’ floral-form brush pot, Late Ming-Early Qing dynasty

Lot 8107. A very rare and finely carved huanghuali ‘chilong’ floral-form brush pot, Late Ming-Early Qing dynasty; 7 5/16 in. (18.6 cm.) high. Estimate HKD 350,000 - HKD 450,000. Price realised HKD 687,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 The brush pot is crisply carved to the exterior depicting four large petals with elegantly downturned tips, enclosing chilong dragons with bifurcated tails engaged in various pursuits, the first one grasping a branch of prunus, the second chasing... [Lire la suite]
01 décembre 2017

Qiu Ying (Attributed to 1495-1552), A Clear and Quiet Day

Lot 8104. Qiu Ying (Attributed to 1495-1552), A Clear and Quiet Day. Folding fan, ink and colour on gold paper, 19 x 52.5 cm. (7 ½ x 20 5/8 in.). Signed, with two seals of the artist. Two collectors’ seals: one of Shao Mi (ca. 1594-1642) and one of Emperor Qianlong (1711-1799). Poem in running script by Emperor Qianlong on the reverse, signed, with three seals. Estimate HKD 600,000 - HKD 800,000. Price realised HKD 1,687,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 Note: The... [Lire la suite]
01 décembre 2017

Court, Studio, Atelier Art of the Mid to Late Ming Dynasty

During the latter part of the Ming Dynasty, Chinese society underwent dramatic changes. The three emperors of this period: Jiajing, Longqing and Wanli, were in constant power struggles with the bureaucratic class led by the scholar officials. Theoretically the Emperor wielded supreme power but they were alone in their battles against the massed numbers of officials, and each side claimed victories in the numerous conflicts that ensued. After countless demotions, court floggings and executions,... [Lire la suite]
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