17 septembre 2019

A rare and large dali marble-inset zitan table screen, 19th century

Lot 889. A rare and large dali marble-inset zitan table screen, 19th century; 35 in. (88.9 cm.) high, 27 ¾ in. (70.5 cm.) wide, 12 ¼ in. (31.1 cm.) deep. Estimate USD 80,000 - USD 120,000. Price realised USD 75,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2019. The variegated dali marble panel is suggestive of a dramatic mountainous landscape, and is enclosed within a zitan frame set into a zitan stand carved with two chilong confronting a beribboned cash symbol on the... [Lire la suite]

14 septembre 2019

An important imperial quartz 'horse' seal, Qing dynasty, seal of Prince Gong

Lot 673. An important imperial quartz 'horse' seal, Qing dynasty, seal of Prince Gong. Height 5 1/4  in., 13.5 cm. Estimate 30,000 — 50,000 USD. Lot sold 200,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. of square form, surmounted by a horse modeled standing foursquare with its head turned to the left, the details finely incised, the seal face carved in zhuwen style, with a rectangular cartouche enclosing four characters reading Pinghan xuanqin (wise and diligent... [Lire la suite]
19 août 2019

A rare mother-of-pearl-inlaid black lacquer brush, Ming dynasty (1368-1644) 

Lot 327. A rare mother-of-pearl-inlaid black lacquer brush, Ming dynasty (1368-1644); 8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm.) long. Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000. Price realised USD 10,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2008. The handle of the brush and the cover inlaid with cell-diaper pattern between narrow borders of dots, the waisted hilt of the brush inlaid with chrysanthemum petals at the end, and the end of the cover inlaid with a flower head. Provenance: Acquired in Japan in the 1970s.  ... [Lire la suite]
18 août 2019

Back on rhinoceros horn objects sold at Christie's New York, 19 March 2008

Lot 316. A rhinoceros horn archaistic libation cup, 17th-18th century; 7 5/8 in. (19.4 cm.) long. Estimate USD 15,000 - USD 25,000. Price realised USD 79,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2008. Well carved around the sides with a raised archaistic band of taotie masks separated and divided by notched flanges finely carved with different diaper motifs, above a band of pendent blades and below a band of key fret at the rim which is repeated inside the rim, the openwork handle formed by a... [Lire la suite]
16 août 2019

A large rhinoceros horn full-tip cup, 17th-18th century

Lot 56. A large rhinoceros horn full-tip cup, 17th-18th century; 15 1/8 in. (38.5 cm.) long. Estimate GBP 30,000 - GBP 40,000. Price realised GBP 79,250. © Christie's Image Ltd 2010. The long tapering horn carved in high relief and openwork with 'The Three Friends', pine, prunus and bamboo, leading up to three scholars standing on cloud scrolls and rockwork beside a deer and crane, below the cup section detailed with peach and further bamboo, the horn of a warm honey tone shading to dark brown at... [Lire la suite]
16 août 2019

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

Lot 59. A finely carved rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th-18th century; 6¼ in. (15.9 cm.) long.  Estimate GBP 25,000 - GBP 35,000. Price realised GBP 79,250. © Christie's Image Ltd 2010. Of open flower form, the exterior carved with a continuous scene of squirrels clambering amongst grape vines, the interior with a further squirrel and grapes, all supported on a gnarled vine branch encircling the foot and extending to the rim to form the handle, wood stand. Christie's. Fine... [Lire la suite]

16 août 2019

A very rare rhinoceros horn 'Buffalo head' rhyton, 17th-18th century

Lot 58. A very rare rhinoceros horn 'Buffalo head' rhyton, 17th-18th century; 4¼ in. (11 cm.) high. Estimate GBP 20,000 - GBP 30,000. Price realised GBP 25,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2010. The vessel with thick walls, the exterior finely and naturalistically carved in the form of a buffalo's head with short horns and pierced nostrils, the horn of a warm honey tone. Note: Compare the very similar 'buffalo head' rhyton from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, The Avery Brundage... [Lire la suite]
10 août 2019

A large greenish-grey jade dragon seal, Qing dynasty (1644-1911)

Lot 1085. A large greenish-grey jade dragon seal, Qing dynasty (1644-1911); 6½ in. (16.5 cm.) across. Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000. Price realised USD 434,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2010. The top carved with the entwined bodies of two addorsed five-clawed dragons above a channel pierced from both sides, the base with four- character inscription which appears to read, Tianzi xin bao, and may be translated as 'Trust Treasure of the Son of Heaven'. Provenance: In a French Family Estate since the early 1900s. ... [Lire la suite]
08 août 2019

A finely carved rhinoceros horn libation cup, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century

Lot 3169. A finely carved rhinoceros horn libation cup, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century; 5 1/2 in. (14 cm.) wide. Estimate HKD 500,000 - HKD 700,000. Price Realized HKD 2,420,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2010  The elongated oval cup carved in deep relief and in openwork around the sides with a continuous scene depicting two figures and a child in a raft travelling on a fast-flowing river towards a fisherman wading in the river with a large basket of fish amidst branches of pine... [Lire la suite]
06 août 2019

A rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th-18th century

Lot 2. A rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th-18th century; 14.3cm., 5 5/8 in. Estimate 7,000 — 19,000 GBP. Lot sold 73,250 GBP. © Sotheby's  the bowl of tapering rectangular form, the exterior carved with a central band of archaic scrollwork, with a large and small sinuous chilong forming the handle. Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, London, 12 May 2010