03 janvier 2017

Manchu man’s semiformal court robe, mid 19th century

Manchu man’s semiformal court robe, mid 19th century. Woven silk and metal thread tapestry with painted details, length: 54 in, 137.16 cm; width: 82 in, 208.28 cm. Neusteter Textile Collection: Gift of Miss Louise Steele, 1958.13 © Denver Art Museum Nine five-clawed blue dragons inhabit the clouds. The slanted, multi-colored stripes (lishui) at the bottom of the robe represent standing water above which the ocean surges and waves froth. At the front, back and sides, rocks representing the four directions rise up. Above in the skies... [Lire la suite]
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16 novembre 2016

A rare horn carving of Hehe Erxian, 16th-17th century

Lot 37. A rare horn carving of Hehe Erxian, 16th-17th century. Estimate HK$ 70,000 - 100,000 (€8,400 - 12,000). © Bonhams 2001-2016 Each twin figure superbly carved with a rounded face, the mouth agape in a joyous facial expression, with the ample belly protruding over loosely-worn robes, one twin seated with the right leg raised in relaxed posture and the left hand holding onto a basket-weave box, the other standing at the back with both hands holding onto a bat, the base lacquered red and possibly... [Lire la suite]
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12 octobre 2016

Mossgreen auction specialists discover a rare 700-year-old Ming Dynasty banknote inside sculpture

Ming Dynasty banknote inscribed "Da Ming Tong Xing Bao Chao", "Yi Guan" and the lower section is inscribed, ‘Authorized by the Department of Finance, this bank note has the same function of coins, those who use counterfeit bank note will be beheaded, the whistle-blower will be rewarded 250 Liang silvers plus all the properties of the criminal. The third year of Hong Wu period.’ Photo: Mosgreen. LONDON.- Mossgreen auction specialists in Australia have discovered a rare Ming Dynasty banknote hidden within the... [Lire la suite]
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04 octobre 2016

A rare carved wood figure of a horse, Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220)

Lot 1444. A rare carved wood figure of a horse, Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220). Price Realised  USD 6,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2011. Portrayed standing with head facing forward, the body carved from a single section with separately attached legs, tail and neck, the narrow head carved with sensitive eyes, pricked ears and mouth open in a whinny; 9½ in. (24.1 cm.) long  Provenance: Sotheby's, New York, 6 December 1989, lot 66.  Note: A similar, although much larger (86.4 cm.), Han dynasty... [Lire la suite]
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04 octobre 2016

A Rare Chinese Marble tiered base, dated 697-698, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 36. A Rare Chinese Marble tiered base, dated 697-698, Tang dynasty (618-907). Estimate 16,000 - $20,000. Price Realized incl. BP:$86,800. Photo Mosgreen. made for a figure of Maitreya, the top in the form of an open lotus flower on an octagonal section, supported by five squatting figures, resting on a rectangular-shaped support, a continuous inscription around the sides, 'Commissioned by Du Renzhe, Hebei, made in the 2nd year of the Wan Shui Tong Tien'. Produced for a... [Lire la suite]
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17 septembre 2016

A painted stoneware figure of a seated luohan, late Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century

Lot 1233. A painted stoneware figure of a seated luohan, late Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century. Estimate: USD 12,000 ~ 18,000. Price Realised USD 50,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016. The demonstrative figure is shown seated with right arm raised and bent at the elbow and the hand held in a fist, while the left hand rests on his knee. He wears loose monk's robes, and his face is well modeled in a grimace. There are traces of red, green and flesh-toned pigments, with details in... [Lire la suite]

14 septembre 2016

A large gray stone figure of a seated lion, Northern Wei dynasty (386–535)

Lot 149. A large gray stone figure of a seated lion, Northern Wei dynasty (386–535). Estimate 60,000 — 80,000 USD. Lot sold 212,500 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. powerfully modeled, the muscular beast seated on its haunches on a rectangular base with forelegs outstretched and long tail curled up over its back, the head with fierce expression, the mouth open in a roar below glaring eyes, all framed by a curling beard and swept-back mane, tufts of fur carved to the shoulders and... [Lire la suite]
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15 juillet 2016

A soapstone figure of a Luohan, attributed to Zhou Bin, Qing dynasty, 17th century

Lot 73. A soapstone figure of a Luohan, attributed to Zhou Bin, Qing dynasty, 17th century. Estimate 350,000 — 400,000 HKD. Lot sold 812,500 HKD. Photo Sotheby's finely carved as a luohan seated on a base with irregular and jagged edges, the figure rendered reclining on a gnarled and rocky outcrop on his right whilst holding a ruyi sceptre in his right hand with his left hand resting on his right knee, depicted dressed in loose robes with hems incised with Indian lotus... [Lire la suite]
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15 mai 2016

A black stone figure of a lion, Tang Dynasty

Lot 16. Property from the Cunliffe Collection. A black stone figure of a lion, Tang Dynasty. Sold for £36,250 (€46,027) inc. premium. Photo: Bonhams. Boldly carved sitting on its hind legs, its forepaws supporting the strong body, the ferocious expression defined by an open mouth with bared fangs and lolling tongue, the mane arranged in curls. 19cm (7 1/2in) high Provenance: Rolf, Lord Cunliffe (1899-1963), Honorary Keeper of the Far Eastern Collections at the Fitzwilliam Museum,... [Lire la suite]
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23 avril 2016

A carved wood figure of an official, Ming dynasty, 17th century

Lot 24. A carved wood figure of an official, Ming dynasty, 17th century. Estimate £8,000 – £12,000 ($11,472 - $17,208). Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016 The standing figure is modelled wearing long robes and a tall hat. The face is finely detailed with a serene expression. There are traces of gilt lacquer remaining. 20 1/8 in. (51 cm.) high Provenance: From a private Swiss collection, amassed between 1963-1980. Christie's. INSPIRED THEMES: A FINE SELECTION OF CHINESE WORKS OF ART, 10 May 2016, London,... [Lire la suite]
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