05 mai 2016

A large soapstone figure of Dongfang Shuo, 17th century

Lot 165. A large soapstone figure of Dongfang Shuo, 17th century. Estimate £2,000 - 3,000 (€2,500 - 3,800). Photo Bonhams. The peach-stealing Immortal finely carved with long robes decorated with floral motifs at the hems and a central shou character at the bulging belly above the rope belt, the left hand holding a peach-tree branch, the smiling face with a full beard and topped with a scholars cap and ribbons. 28cm (11in) high Bonhams. AUCTION 23541: ASIAN ART, 10:30 BST... [Lire la suite]
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05 mai 2016

A rare Ming-style blue and white floral vase, Yongzheng six-character mark and of the period

  Lot 70. A rare Ming-style blue and white floral vase, Yongzheng six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double-circle and of the period (1723-1735). Estimate £200,000 – £300,000 ($291,200 - $436,800). Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016. The vase is elegantly potted in the form of a compressed hu, with two wide bands of flowers and foliage decorating the exterior of the body, separated by concentric bands. The short spreading foot is painted with a lotus border. 8 in. (20.2 cm.) high ... [Lire la suite]
05 mai 2016

A rare Ming-style blue and white pilgrim flask, bianhu, Yongzheng six-character seal mark in underglaze-blue and of the period

    Lot 69. A rare Ming-style blue and white pilgrim flask, bianhu, Yongzheng six-character seal mark in underglaze-blue and of the period (1723-1735). Estimate £60,000 – £80,000 ($87,360 - $116,480). Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016. The elegantly potted flask is painted to each side of the rounded body with four large flower blooms surrounded by stylised foliage, encircled by a band of classic scroll and below a pair of handles with ruyi-shaped terminals. The neck and shoulder of the vessel are similarly... [Lire la suite]
05 mai 2016

A blue and white vase, Transitional period, mid-17th century

Lot 68. A blue and white vase, Transitional period, mid-17th century. Estimate £10,000 – £15,000 ($14,560 - $21,840). Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016. The vase is of ovoid shape and is decorated with birds in flight and perched amongst prunus, bamboo and peony branches, all between anhua bands of flowers and lappets to the rims. 9 ½ in. (24.1 cm.) high Christie's. INSPIRED THEMES: A FINE SELECTION OF CHINESE WORKS OF ART, 10 May 2016, London, King Street
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05 mai 2016

33.52 carats Colombian sugarloaf emerald and diamond ring

Lot 279. 33.52 carats Colombian sugarloaf emerald and diamond ring. Estimate 435,000 — 625,000 CHF (397,553 - 571,197 EUR). Photo: Sotheby's. Set with a sugarloaf emerald weighing 33.52 carats, the mount accented with single-cut diamonds, size 52. Accompanied by Gübelin report no. 15067320, stating that the emerald is of Colombian origin, with indications of minor clarity enhancement, and AGL report no. CS 69959, stating that the emerald is of Colombian origin, with a minor... [Lire la suite]
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05 mai 2016

Pair of diamond pendent ear clips and emerald and diamond pendants, Harry Winston

Lot 378. Pair of diamond pendent ear clips and Colombian emerald and diamond pendants, Harry Winston. Estimate 440,000 — 770,000 CHF (402,123 - 703,715 EUR). Photo: Sotheby's. Each surmount of cluster design set with pear-shaped diamonds, supporting a detachable pendant similarly set, the largest stones weighing 6.91 and 7.05 carats, accompanied by additional pendants, each set with a pear-shaped emerald weighing 16.20 and 16.35 carats respectively, within a frame of... [Lire la suite]

05 mai 2016

Collection of the Princess Doria Pamphilj. Impressive 135 carats Colombian emerald and diamond brooch, circa 1840

Lot 400. Collection of the Princess Doria Pamphilj. Impressive 135 carats Colombian emerald and diamond brooch, circa 1840. Estimate 480,000 — 770,000 CHF (438,680 - 703,715 EUR). Photo: Sotheby's. Set with a step-cut emerald weighing approximately 135 carats, between two floral motifs mounted en tremblant, within a frame of foliate design set with cushion-shaped, circular-, single-cut and rose diamonds. Accompanied by SSEF report no. 84916, stating that the emerald is of... [Lire la suite]
05 mai 2016

Two bronze 'lion and grapevine' mirrors, Tang Dynasty

Lot 280. Two bronze 'lion and grapevine' mirrors, Tang Dynasty. Estimate £1,200 - 1,500 (€1,500 - 1,900). Photo Bonhams. The first silvered bronze, crisply cast with a central crouching lion knop, encircled by four animated lions, within a border of birds and insects, all amidst fruit laden scrolling grapevine, patches of verdigris encrustations; the second of similar design, with dark grey-brown patination.11.5cm (4.1/2in) and 10.2cm (4in) diam. (2). The Professor R. Beaver Collection of Early Chinese Bronzes and... [Lire la suite]
05 mai 2016

Three bronze circular mirrors, Warring States to Eastern Han Dynasty

Lot 279. Three bronze circular mirrors, Warring States to Eastern Han Dynasty. Estimate £1,200 - 1,500 (€1,500 - 1,900). Photo Bonhams. Comprising: a silvery bronze mirror with central ribbed loop handle, crisply cast with a frieze of three stylised phoenix bearing elaborately entwined bodies and angular meander, on a whorl pattern ground; a silvered bronze mirror cast with two stylised guei dragons, the sinuous bodies terminating with phoenix heads, within a border of twelve linked arcs; and a small bronze mirror, the... [Lire la suite]
05 mai 2016

Two bronze circular mirrors, Western Han-Xin Dynasty

Lot 278. Two bronze circular mirrors, Western Han-Xin Dynasty. Estimate £4,000 - 6,000 (€5,000 - 7,600). Photo Bonhams. he first with central knop within a squared border, encircled by eight nipples surrounded by 'TLV' motifs and 'The Guardians of the Four Directions' with their spirit companions, further encircled by an inscription within hatchured, saw tooth and stylised foliate borders, with dark grey patina; the second with the central knop within a four-petalled surround, encircled by plain and hatchured borders,... [Lire la suite]