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/
25 juin 2014

A small rhinceros horn ritual vessel, ding, 17th-18th century

A small rhinceros horn ritual vessel, ding, 17th-18th century. Photo Bonhams. The diminuitive vessel raised on three plain flared feet supporting a low set body carved with a band of gui-dragons separated by raised six vertical flanges under a key fret decorated rim and u-shaped handles, the delicate wood cover carved with ascending rows of key fret bands under a knob finial. 2 1/2in (6.4cm) high vessel only. Sold for US$ 12,500 (€9,179) Property from the Collection of Wayne D. Cannon, Scarborough, New York. Provenance: acquired... [Lire la suite]
25 juin 2014

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

A rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th-18th century. Photo Bonhams. The exterior sides of the flattened conical section of horn undercut and carved in raised relief to depict wizened scholar officials and/or immortals and their boy attendants amid a continuous rocky riverside tableau of waterfalls and crashing waves, the interior well of the cup unusually further incised and undercut to depict gnarled pine boughs, waterfalls, and cranes; the horn displaying a patina of variegated russet and chocolate hue. 4 3/4in (12cm) high. Sold... [Lire la suite]
16 juin 2014

Cachet en stéatite beige et rouille, au revers, l'inscription en négatif et en zhuanshu (Suo Bao Wei Xian), époque Qianlong

Cachet en stéatite beige et rouille, au revers, l'inscription en négatif et en zhuanshu (Suo Bao Wei Xian). Chine, époque Qianlong (1736-1795). Photo Tessier & Sarrou. Il est surmonte de neuf dragons loves les uns contre les autres et pourchassant la perle sacrée. (Eclats). Hauteur: 10 cm - Dimensions: 8,5 X 8,5 cm. Estimation sur demande Référence: L'empreinte de ce cachet est mentionnée dans le livre Qing dai di hou xi yin pu (vol. 5, p. 16), qui a repertorié tous les cachets imperiaux de la... [Lire la suite]


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