24 mai 2014

A large rhinoceros horn 'Chilong and Pine Tree' libation cup, Qing Dynasty, 17th-18th century

A large rhinoceros horn 'Chilong and Pine Tree' libation cup, Qing Dynasty, 17th-18th century. Photo Sotheby's naturalistically carved in openwork to resemble a section of a tree trunk covered with lenticels, the exterior well figured and wreathed in high-relief by knotty branches issuing thin twigs and bearing clusters of pine needles, two of them growing upwards and forming the handle, a large chilong clambering sinuously in front of the cup while another smaller chilong crouches on the interior rim, the smoothly patinated... [Lire la suite]
24 mai 2014

A rhinoceros horn 'Lotus' libation cup, Qing Dynasty, 17th-18th century

A rhinoceros horn 'Lotus' libation cup, Qing Dynasty, 17th-18th century. Photo Sotheby's the conically shaped long-tipped horn carved in the form of a cup-shaped furled lotus leaf detailed with dichotomous venation, the exterior enveloped with large furled lotus leaves and four lotus blooms, all issuing from leaf-tied thin stalks forming the base, a chilong clambering sinuously on the exterior with its head resting on the interior rim, the horn of rich chocolate brown colour lightening to an amber tone towards the rim, wood stand;... [Lire la suite]

24 mai 2014

A rhinoceros horn 'Clambering Chilong' archaistic libation cup, Qing Dynasty, 17th-18th century

A rhinoceros horn 'Clambering Chilong' archaistic libation cup, Qing Dynasty, 17th-18th century. Photo Sotheby's carved in the form of an archaic bronze ewer yi, with a pedestal foot rising up to wide flaring sides and a channelled spout set opposite a loop handle, decorated around the exterior with a low-relief frieze of taotie mask against a finely carved leiwen ground, one side further decorated in openwork with a chilong clambering on the handle and resting its head on the rim, four further chilong clambering by its sides... [Lire la suite]
24 mai 2014

A rhinoceros horn 'Monkey and Deer' libation cup, Qing Dynasty, 17th-18th century

A rhinoceros horn 'Monkey and Deer' libation cup, Qing Dynasty, 17th-18th century. Photo Sotheby's deftly carved with wide flaring sides rising up to a lobed rim, the exterior with a continuous scene of two deer walking on a path laden with jagged rockwork and bamboo shoots, an outstretched swallow swooping downwards above them, the other side carved with two monkeys nimbly playing under blossoming prunus and pine trees with a single lingzhi blossom growing near them, the undercut handle formed on one side from two gnarled trunks... [Lire la suite]
24 mai 2014

A large rhinoceros horn 'Squirrel And Grape' libation cup, Qing Dynasty, 17th-18th century

A large rhinoceros horn 'Squirrel And Grape' libation cup, Qing Dynasty, 17th-18th century. Photo Sotheby's intricately carved as a cup-shaped blossom with petals forming the cup, the exterior detailed in varying degrees of relief with gnarled vines issuing large leaves and clusters of plump grapes, all enveloping the sides and issuing from the base comprising further leaves and clusters of grapes, one squirrel confronting its young on the exterior of the cup near a thick vine upon which a further squirrel climbs, the interior... [Lire la suite]
24 mai 2014

A large rhinoceros horn 'Narrative Scene and Dragon' libation cup, Early Qing Dynasty, 17th century

A large rhinoceros horn 'Narrative Scene and Dragon' libation cup, Early Qing Dynasty, 17th century. Photo Sotheby's deftly carved on the exterior with a continuous scene depicting five figures in a landscape laden with jagged rockwork and large pine and wutong trees, including an old man holding a long staff ascending craggy steps near tempestuous waves and a figure standing next to a small hut in the background, the other side carved with two conversing scholars with a further figure knocking on a hut behind them, the scaly body... [Lire la suite]


13 mai 2014

A Wucai brushpot, bitong, Transitional period, 1640-1660

A Wucai brushpot, bitong, Transitional period, 1640-1660. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2014 The cylindrical brushpot is decorated with a bird perched on a flowering branch beside rocks, interspersed with further flower heads on leaves, all reserved on an iron red circular pattern ground. 5¾ in. (14.6 cm.) high. Estimate £1,000 – £1,500 ($1,687 - $2,531) Christie's. CHINESE CERAMICS, WORKS OF ART AND TEXTILES, 14 May 2014, London, South Kensington - http://www.christies.com/  
10 mai 2014

An ivory ‘Lotus’ brushwasher, Qing dynasty, 18th-19th century

An ivory ‘Lotus’ brushwasher, Qing dynasty, 18th-19th century. Photo Sotheby's carved in the form of a curled lotus leaf, the interior decorated with flowering and podding lotus blooms, lotus buds and leaf borne on curved bundled stems; 21.8cm., 8 5/8 in. Estimation 15,000 — 25,000 GBP Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art. London, 14 mai 2014- http://www.sothebys.com/
10 mai 2014

A carved lapis lazuli ‘Deer’ table screen, Qing dynasty

A carved lapis lazuli ‘Deer’ table screen, Qing dynasty. Photo Sotheby's of rectangular form, carved to the front face with two deer in a rocky landscape with trees and lingzhi, the reverse inscribed and gilt with a Qianlong imperial poem, the stone of a dark blue tone with silvery-white inclusions, wood stand. Quantité: 2 - 23 by 15.8cm., 9 by 6 ¼ in. Estimation 8,000 — 12,000 GBP Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art. London, 14 mai 2014- http://www.sothebys.com/
10 mai 2014

A rock crystal ‘Scholar’ vase, Qing dynasty, Daoguang period

A rock crystal ‘Scholar’ vase, Qing dynasty, Daoguang period. Photo Sotheby's naturalistically carved in the form of a hollowed bamboo stem, the exterior decorated with a scholar reclining beneath a gnarled prunus tree and bamboo below a flying geese, the base with a square seal reading Xingyouheng Tang (Hall of Constancy), the transparent crystal streaked with milky-white inclusions; 8.7cm., 3 ¼ in. Estimation 6,000 — 8,000 GBP Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art. London, 14 mai... [Lire la suite]


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