08 janvier 2017

A rhinoceros horn ‘Prunus tree’ libation cup, Qing Dynasty , 17th-18th century

Lot 3792. A rhinoceros horn ‘Prunus tree’ libation cup, Qing Dynasty , 17th-18th century. Estimate 200,000 — 300,000 HKD. Lot Sold 937,500 HKD. Photo: Sotheby’s. the tapered horn carved on the exterior with an irregular surface with subtle ridges and knots simulating a tree trunk, one side detailed in high relief with a gnarled branch and thin twigs issuing prunus blossoms of varying sizes and extending across the exterior and onto the interior of the cup, the horn patinated to a dark... [Lire la suite]

08 janvier 2017

A carved rhinoceros horn ‘Lychee’ libation cup, Qing Dynasty , 17th-18th century

Lot 3782. A carved rhinoceros horn ‘Lychee’ libation cup, Qing Dynasty , 17th-18th century. Estimate 500,000 — 700,000 HKD. Lot Sold 1,120,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby’s. carved on the exterior with stems issuing long furled leaves, floral blooms and two lychees, the lychees detailed with various floral-diaper grounds, the undercut handle formed with two undulating stems, the horn of a warm chestnut tone lightening to a rich amber colour towards the mouthrim, wood stand; 15.2 cm., 6... [Lire la suite]
06 janvier 2017

A rhinoceros horn ‘Figural Landscape’ libation cup, Qing Dynasty , 17th-18th century

Lot 3793. A rhinoceros horn ‘Figural Landscape’ libation cup, Qing Dynasty , 17th-18th century. Estimate 500,000 — 700,000 HKD. Lot Sold 1,480,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby’s. the tapered horn meticulously carved on the exterior with a continuous scene depicting several figures amidst an idyllic riverscape laden with large overhanging wutong and pine trees, the tranquil setting quaintly accented with a few bridges, pavilions and pagodas, the rippling waters detailed with swirl... [Lire la suite]
06 janvier 2017

A large rhinoceros horn ‘Pine and River’ libation cup, Qing Dynasty , 17th-18th century

A large rhinoceros horn ‘Pine and River’ libation cup, Qing Dynasty , 17th-18th century. Estimate 800,000 — 1,200,000 HKD. Lot Sold 1,720,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby’s. the tapered horn carved on the exterior around the mouthrim with jagged rockwork and branches issuing clusters of leaves, the lower section of the vessel decorated in low relief with tempestuous waves, the openwork handle formed on one side with intertwining branches issuing further pine blossoms and extending onto the interior of... [Lire la suite]
06 janvier 2017

A rhinoceros horn ‘Prunus tree’ libation cup, Qing Dynasty , 17th-18th century

Lot 3790. A rhinoceros horn ‘Prunus tree’ libation cup, Qing Dynasty , 17th-18th century. Estimate 500,000 — 700,000 HKD. Lot Sold 2,320,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby’s.  carved on the exterior with burls and knots simulating a tree trunk, the handle formed by two branches issuing thin twigs bearing prunus buds and blossoms, the flowering twigs and branches extending across the sides of the vessel and onto the interior of the vessel, the surface of a lustrous patinated warm amber tone, wood... [Lire la suite]
05 janvier 2017

Rhinoceros horn octagonal cup in a shape of ancient bronze vessel, 17th century, Late Ming dynasty-early Qing dynasty

Rhinoceros horn octagonal cup in a shape of ancient bronze vessel, 17th century, Late Ming dynasty-early Qing dynasty. H. 8.5 cm x W. 11.8 cm x D. 8.8 cm. Transfer from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of Sanford Lowergart, B68M17. © 2016 Asian Art Museum Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture This cup is in the shape of an ancient ritual vessel. The shallow-relief designs that ornament the exterior of the cup were also adopted from motifs found on ancient bronze vessels and jades. The main... [Lire la suite]

05 janvier 2017

Rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th century, Late Ming dynasty-early Qing dynasty

Rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th century, Late Ming dynasty-early Qing dynasty.  H. 3 3/4 in x W. 6 3/8 in x D. 4 3/8 in, H. 9.6 cm x W. 16.1 cm x D. 11.1 cm. Transfer from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of Sanford Lowergart, B68M14. © 2016 Asian Art Museum Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture  
05 janvier 2017

Rhinoceros horn libation cup with a scene of the Red Cliff, 17th century, Late Ming dynasty-early Qing dynasty

Rhinoceros horn libation cup with a scene of the Red Cliff, 17th century, Late Ming dynasty-early Qing dynasty. H. 10.2 cm x W. 5 3/8 in x D. 3 3/4 in, H. 10.2 cm x W. 13.5 cm x D. 9.6 cm. Transfer from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of Sanford Lowergart, B68M13. © 2016 Asian Art Museum Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture  This cup illustrates scenes from the famous essay the Red Cliff written in 1082 by Su Shi (1036-1101). Depicted on one side of the cup is a a large sailing boat... [Lire la suite]
15 décembre 2016

18th-century Chinese imperial seal sells for 21 mn euros

The Chinese imperial seal belonged to the Emperor Qianlong, who is regarded as the longest serving emperor in Chinese history, holding ultimate power long after he officially retired (AFP Photo/Stephane Briolant) Paris (AFP) - An 18th-century Chinese imperial seal sold for 21 million euros in Paris Wednesday -- more than 20 times its estimate, the Drouot auction house told AFP. Decorated with stylised dragons, the symbol of imperial authority, the extremely rare stamp in red and beige nephrite jade comes from the Qianlong period... [Lire la suite]
13 décembre 2016

A finely carved peach-form rhinoceros horn libation cup, Late Ming-Early Qing dynasty, 17th century 

Lot 3035. A finely carved peach-form rhinoceros horn libation cup, Late Ming-Early Qing dynasty, 17th century. Estimate HKD 400,000 - HKD 600,000 (USD 52,000 - USD 77,000). Price Realised HKD 500,000 (USD 64,488). © Christie's Images Ltd 2011 In the form of a hollowed peach carved to the rounded sides in relief with gnarled branches laden with fruit and long slender leaves gracefully draped over the rim and extending to the base, the material of a light honey tone - 2¾ in. (7 cm.) wide,... [Lire la suite]