12 avril 2022

A kesi 'lions' panel, Late Ming dynasty

 Lot 527. A kesi 'lions' panel, Late Ming dynasty; Height 23¼ in., 59 cm; Width 15½ in., 39.4 cm; framed. Lot sold: 9,450 USD (Estimate: 1,000 - 1,500 USD). © Sotheby's 2022 Property from the Collection of Anthony G. Henderson. Provenance: Acquired circa the 1970s-80s. Sotheby's. China / 5000 Years, New York, 29 March 2022

09 janvier 2022

A rare embroidered 'double-geese' badge, 17th century

Lot 238. A rare embroidered 'double-geese' badge, 17th century; 36cm (14 1/8in) x 36.3cm (14 2/8in). Sold for £ 14,000/€ 16,780 (Estimate £4,000 - £6,000). © Bonhams 2001-2022 The badge for a Fourth-Rank civil official colourfully embroidered with a pair of confronted geese, the lower one standing on prism-like rocks issuing from rolling waves embroidered in silk floss using long stitches and couched threads, all amidst ruyi clouds worked in red, blue, green, yellow and pink, further embellished at the... [Lire la suite]
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09 janvier 2022

An exceptionally large imperial silk kesi 'double-dragon' wall hanging, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Lot 227. An exceptionally large imperial silk kesi 'double-dragon' wall hanging, Qianlong period (1736-1795); 307cm (120 1/2in) wide x 195cm (76 6/8in) high. Sold for £ 50,250/€ 60,230 (Estimate £40,000 - £60,000). © Bonhams 2001-2022 The impressive panel finely woven in gold and colourful threads with a pair of confronted ferocious five-clawed dragons, the scaly creatures framed by flaring horns and flowing mane, enclosing a Shou character and bat medallion, all on a dense ground of trailing... [Lire la suite]
09 janvier 2022

An exceptionally rare imperial double-sided embroidered silk 'dragon' robe, jifu, early 19th century

Lot 282. An exceptionally rare imperial double-sided embroidered silk 'dragon' robe, jifu, Early 19th century; 205cm (80 6/8in) wide x 156cm (61 1/2in) long. Sold for £ 81,500/€ 97,686 (Estimate £15,000 - £25,000). © Bonhams 2001-2022 Meticulously worked on both the outer and inner sides in satin stitch and coloured threads with nine writhing five-clawed resplendent blue dragons clutching or pursuing flaming pearls amidst dense trailing scrolls of five-coloured clouds interspersed with... [Lire la suite]
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17 décembre 2021

Dragon chuba (robe for a gentleman), China, early Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century, later assembled in Tibet

Lot 108. Dragon chuba (robe for a gentleman), China, early Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century, later assembled in Tibet. L. 152 cm, B. 196 cm. Sold: €17,000 (Est: €3,000 - €5,000). © 2021 Nagel Auctions Navy blue silk satin with additional pattern weft threads of colored silk (red, white, shades of blue and green) and gold threads (round for the dragons and flat for the outlines). Garment lined with blue and red silk. On the front and back, three frontal dragons set on top of each other, flanked by... [Lire la suite]
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23 novembre 2021

A rare imperial apricot-ground embroidered silk woman's 'dragon' robe, Mid 19th century

Lot 286. A rare imperial apricot-ground embroidered silk woman's 'dragon' robe, Mid 19th century; 186cm (73 2/8in) wide x 133.5cm (52 2/8in) long. Sold for £ 19,000 (€ 22,569) (Est: £10,000 - £15,000). © Bonhams 2001-2021 Finely worked on the front and back in satin stitch and couched gold threads with nine writhing five-clawed dragons pursuing flaming pearls amidst dense trailing scrolls of five-coloured clouds interspersed with bats, all above the terrestrial diagram and the lishui stripe at the... [Lire la suite]

20 novembre 2021

A rare silk embroidered 'golden pheasant' badge, Yongzheng-Qianlong period (1723-1796)

Lot 273. A rare silk embroidered 'golden pheasant' badge, Yongzheng-Qianlong period (1723-1796); The badge 28.5cm (11 2/8in) wide x 27cm (10 1/2in) long. Sold for £ 25,250 (€ 30,085) (Est: £3,000 - £5,000). © Bonhams 2001-2021 Made for a civil official of the Second Rank, finely embroidered in multi-coloured threads with the bird facing the sun as it alights onto a rock emerging from green rolling waves interspersed with gold thread, all within a border of sinuous trailing clouds executed in delicate blue and... [Lire la suite]
20 novembre 2021

An exceptionally rare chestnut-ground 'dragon' chubha, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Lot 270. An exceptionally rare chestnut-ground 'dragon' chubha, Kangxi period (1662-1722); 184cm (72 1/2in) wide x 136cm (53 1/2in) long. Sold for £ 31,500 (€ 37,532) (Est: £30,000 - £50,000). © Bonhams 2001-2021 A complete bolt meticulously worked in bright silk satin stitch and couched gold threads with nine writhing, five-clawed dragons The elegant garment constructed in Tibet from Chinese Kangxi period Imperial chestnut silk brocades, finely worked in gold and multi-coloured threads, the design on... [Lire la suite]
17 novembre 2021

A fine uncut burgundy-ground embroidered silk 'dragon' robe, Circa 1860-1880

  Lot 221. A fine uncut burgundy-ground embroidered silk 'dragon' robe, Circa 1860-1880; 299cm (117 6/8in) long x 155cm (61in) wide. Sold for £ 34,000 (€ 40,432) (Est: £6,000 - £8,000). © Bonhams 2001-2021 A complete bolt meticulously worked in bright silk satin stitch and couched gold threads with nine writhing, five-clawed dragons pursuing flaming pearls amidst dense trailing scrolls of wispy clouds interspersed with bats holding auspicious peaches, Shou characters and the Eight Daoist... [Lire la suite]
17 novembre 2021

A rare large yellow-ground silk brocade 'vajradhatu' square mandala, Early 15th century

Lot 221. A rare large yellow-ground silk brocade 'vajradhatu' square mandala, Early 15th century 190.5cm (75 1/2in) x 194cm (76 3/8in). Sold for £ 35,250 (€ 41,919) (Est: £30,000 - £50,000). © Bonhams 2001-2021 Finely woven with large blossoming lotus issuing from a continuous meander and scrolling foliage, each flower supporting a different Tibetan character executed in gold script woven in flat gilded paper, forming the 'Offering of the Universe' mantra reading from the centre to the east, south, west and... [Lire la suite]