03 mars 2015

A fine soapstone 'YAN SHOU YI NIAN' seal, Qing dynasty

A fine soapstone 'YAN SHOU YI NIAN' seal, Qing dynasty. Estimate 7,000 — 9,000 USD. Photo Sotheby's. naturalistically carved with a dragon emerging from clouds, the stone of soft yellow tone, the inscription reading: YI SHOU YAN NIAN (good for longevity) - Height 2 1/8  in., 5.4 cm Sotheby's. Inscriptions: History as Art New York, 17 mars 2015, 01:30 PM

03 mars 2015

A Tianhuang seal carved by Zhao Zhichen (1781-1852)

A Tianhuang seal carved by Zhao Zhichen (1781-1852). Estimate 8,000 — 12,000 USD. Photo Sotheby's. of rectangular form, the seal face reading ZHU FEN JIAO DU (Proofread by Zhu Fen), the side is signed CI XIAN FANG HAN (Cixian emulating the Han style). Height  7/8  in., 0.9 cm Notes: Cixian is the studio name of the famous artist and seal carver Zhao Zhichen (1781-1852). Zhao was a native of Qiantang (today's Hangzhou), the leader of the Zhe School carving... [Lire la suite]
03 mars 2015

DA GUAN TANG BAO: An important Imperial jade seal, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period

DA GUAN TANG BAO: An important Imperial jade seal, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period. Estimate 1,000,000 — 1,500,000 USD. Photo Sotheby's. of square form, surmounted by two intertwined dragons back to back, each dragon finely carved with bulging eyes and open-jawed baring sharp fangs, the body covered with small scales and flowing mane, an aperture drilled through the center for a yellow silk string, the seal face bears an inscription of four characters DA GUAN TANG BAO in zhuanshu, the... [Lire la suite]
12 août 2014

Back on five rhinoceros horn cups at Christie's, 17 September 2008, New York

A rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th-18th century. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2008 Carved as a large open leaf issuing from a jagged branch curled around to form the stem and base, and from which two smaller leafy branches emerge laden with ripe peaches and pomegranates which continue into the interior, opposite a large chilong which pulls itself up to the rim of the cup from the far side; 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm.) long, wood stand. Estimate $12,000 - $18,000. Price Realized $43,750 A rhinoceros horn... [Lire la suite]
04 juillet 2014

A pair of blanc-de-chine rectangular seals, 18th century

A pair of blanc-de-chine rectangular seals, 18th century. Photo Bonhams. Each finely potted in the form of a Buddhist lion on rectangular plinth, with its head turned and a paw over a ball, incised seal characters to base, 9cm high. Sold for £3,500 (€4,398) Provenance: E.G.KostolanyThe Fiorentini Collection, purchased 3 August 1978, no.AC39 Bonhams. ASIAN ART INCLUDING PORCELAIN FROM THE FIORENTINI COLLECTION, 2 Jul 2014, Edinburgh - http://www.bonhams.com
04 juillet 2014

A blanc-de-chine reticulated brushpot, Circa 1700

A blanc-de-chine reticulated brushpot, Circa 1700. Photo Bonhams. Of cylindrical form, the sides pierced with four characters within barbed panels on a trellis ground encircling the upper half, the lower half with a peony meander, the flowers spaced among dense foliage, together with stand, 15cm high. Sold for £6,000 (€7,539) Provenance: Sotheby's, 15 January 1974, lot 311The Fiorentini Collection, no.AC19 The characters, Chuang yuei chi ti, may be translated as 'First in the Imperial examination'. Compare a similar pierced... [Lire la suite]


04 juillet 2014

Agate Brush Pot with Pine, Bamboo and Plum Motif, Qing Dynasty

Agate Brush Pot with Pine, Bamboo and Plum Motif, Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1912). Height 10.3 cm. Shandong Museum © Virtual Collection of Asian Masterpieces, 2013 The agate with green pine, bamboo, plum branch, and bat makes the artifact extremely beautiful. The Qing Dynasty, also known as the Manchu Dynasty, was the last ruling dynasty of China.
25 juin 2014

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

A carved rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th-18th century. Photo Bonhams. The dark brown body elegantly carved as an opened blossom, the exterior with delicate branches of flowering camellias, and prunus, the stems twisting to form a small handle and foot, with a hard wood stand. 5 1/2in (14cm) long. Sold for US$ 40,000 (€29,372) Item has been in the United States since 1972. FINE CHINESE WORKS OF ART, San Francisco, 24 Jun 2014 -http://www.bonhams.com/
25 juin 2014

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

An elegantly carved rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th-18th century. Photo Bonhams. Of flaring rounded conical profile, carved as a section of a pine tree, the exterior walls realistically detailed with knots and whorls of bark rendered with irregular roundels, the rim slightly canted and decorated with openwork branches, the undercut handle formed by sturdy branches extending across the exterior of the vessel, the horn of a warm honey tone graduating to a darker shade; with a matching reticulated wood stand. 6 1/4in (15.8cm) wide.... [Lire la suite]
25 juin 2014

A rhinoceros horn libation cup, 18th century

A rhinoceros horn libation cup, 18th century. Photo Bonhams. The honey-colored horn designed as a mallow flower, its exterior carved in high relief with branches of leafy magnolias, with a split-tailed chilong under the pouring mouth-rim opposing another undercut chilong with wind-blown mane serving as the handle. 5in (12.7cm) long. Sold for US$ 11,875 (€8,720) Item has been in the United States since 1963. FINE CHINESE WORKS OF ART, San Francisco, 24 Jun 2014 -http://www.bonhams.com/


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