08 avril 2014

A nanmu burlwood incense stand, Qing dynasty, 19th century

A nanmu burlwood incense stand, Qing dynasty, 19th century. Photo: Sotheby's formed from a large tree root section opening and twisting horizontally to stand on three points, with organic crags, knots, burled stumps and auxiliary roots, all extending from the flat-cut irregular top, the bark smoothly patinated to a warm reddish-brown colour; 38.5 by 71.5 by 36.6 cm., 15 by 27 7/8 by 14 1/4 in. Estimation 350,000 — 450,000 HKD - Lot. Vendu 1,060,000 HKD Sotheby's. Contemporary Literati — A Gathering, Hong Kong, 07 avr. 2014 -... [Lire la suite]
08 avril 2014

A lacquered ceramic 'Lingbi' imitation scholar's rock, Qing dynasty, 18th century

A lacquered ceramic 'Lingbi' imitation scholar's rock, Qing dynasty, 18th century. Photo: Sotheby's exquisitely wrought out to stand horizontally on two points or vertically on one, twisting in various directions and connecting through openings, the 'rock' applied with a lustrous russet-brown lacquer partly worn in area revealing the smooth greyish body beneath, two wood stands; 5.1 by 17.5 by 7.3 cm., 2 by 6 7/8 by 3 in. Estimation 150,000 — 200,000 HKD  Lot. Vendu 187,500 HKD Sotheby's. Contemporary Literati — A... [Lire la suite]

08 avril 2014

An archaic tile-form inkstone. The tile: Han dynasty. The inkstone conversion: Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century

An archaic tile-form inkstone. The tile: Han dynasty. The inkstone conversion: Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century. Photo: Sotheby's. the slightly tapered round stone fragment carved in low relief on the underside with a recessed lobed medallion centred with a lozenge surrounded by four almond shaped petals, within a border of radiating petals between two circles and further raised roundels around the edge, the top hollowed out with a shallow oblong inkwell smoothly polished and stained to a warm russet colour, the front inscised... [Lire la suite]
08 avril 2014

A silver wire-inlaid ink pourer, Ming dynasty, 17th century

A silver wire-inlaid ink pourer, Ming dynasty, 17th century. Photo: Sotheby's. of square section with a slightly tapered body, the everted rim set on one side with a small U-shaped channel, set at an right angle to a slender square-sectioned handle with a downturned stem, the flat base of the interior detailed with a wire inlay lingzhi stalk, the rim with wire key-fret band, and the handle with a foliate vine rising out of the water, fitted with a wooden cover with an old Chinese coin and a wooden stand; 10.9 cm., 4 1/4 in.... [Lire la suite]
08 avril 2014

A carved wooden brushpot, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century

A carved wooden brushpot, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century. Photo: Sotheby's. modelled after a gnarled tree bark, fitted on a double-tiered base with four small short feet, the organic bark pierced with a small opening and carved in high relief with concentric lingzhi-shaped burls of various sizes, the wood patinated to a dark brown colour; 14.4 cm., 5 5/8 in. Estimation 300,000 — 500,000 HKD - Lot. Vendu 437,500 HKD Sotheby's. Contemporary Literati — A Gathering, Hong Kong, 07 avr. 2014 - www.sothebys.com
08 avril 2014

A dark grey 'Lingbi' rock, Qing dynasty

A dark grey 'Lingbi' rock, Qing dynasty. Photo Sotheby's naturally twisting in various directions and connecting through openings, manifesting in a juxtaposition between its irregular craggy surface and its well-defined yet soft edges, the lustrous dark grey stone with a smooth patina, wood stand; 12.8 cm., 5 in. Estimation 40,000 — 60,000 HKD - Lot. Vendu 237,500 HKD Sotheby's. Contemporary Literati — A Gathering, Hong Kong, 07 avr. 2014 - www.sothebys.com


08 avril 2014

A burnished black alms bowl, Tang dynasty

A burnished black alms bowl, Tang dynasty. Photo Sotheby's the shallow rounded sides rising from a flat base, gently incurving at the rim, covered overall with a black slip burnished to a semi-glossy sheen, all stopping before the naked foot revealing the dark brown body; 12.3 cm., 4 3/4 in. Estimation 80,000 — 120,000 HKD - Lot. Vendu 125,000 HKD Provenance: Eskenazi Ltd., London. Sotheby's. Contemporary Literati — A Gathering, Hong Kong, 07 avr. 2014 - www.sothebys.com
08 avril 2014

A Blachia Siamensis Bonsai, circa 18th century

A Blachia Siamensis Bonsai, circa 18th century. Photo Sotheby's 85 by 70 cm., 33 1/2 by 27 1/2 in. Estimation 250,000 — 300,000 HKD - Lot. Vendu 312,500 HKD Penjing literally translates to 'tray landscape'; it refers to the art of re-creating, or rather creating, a miniature landscape ('jing') in the eponymous 'pen'. The cultivation of bonsai in Japan is perhaps more well-known than that of penjing, but in fact has its roots deeply stemmed in the latter. The acquisition of scholars' rocks as collectibles began to flourish in the... [Lire la suite]
08 avril 2014

A massive white marble stand, Ming dynasty

A massive white marble stand, Ming dynasty. Photo Sotheby's formed from a single piece of stone, the low stand with angular scrolls forming the three-levelled platform with one end terminating in an upturned scroll and the other end turning inward forming the feet, the cream coloured stone with pale yellowish-green streaks and inclusions; 31.5 by 127 by 38 cm., 12 3/8 by 50 by 15 in. Estimation 450,000 — 550,000 HKD - Lot. Vendu 562,500 HKD Sotheby's. Contemporary Literati — A Gathering, Hong Kong, 07 avr. 2014 - www.sothebys.com
08 avril 2014

A tree trunk brushpot, Qing dynasty

A tree trunk brushpot, Qing dynasty. Photo Sotheby's naturalistically carved from a hollowed-out trunk section of a large gnarled tree, the irregular sides left with the original knots, holes and protrusions, incised with a poetic inscription reading Shiding peng yun ting jian yu, Yuxiao chui yue he song tao ('listening to the babbling brook while melting the clouds in the stone ding vessel, harmonising the waves of the pine while playing the jade flute to the moon'), followed by the signature Youcun, Shao Can; 32 by 31... [Lire la suite]


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