29 août 2016

A rare Longquan celadon brush washer, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279)

Lot 719. A rare Longquan celadon brush washer, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279). Estimate USD 500,000 - USD 700,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016. The brush washer is well potted with the lower body flaring outward from the thin foot ring before rising vertically to the broad, flat, everted rim. It is covered overall with a fine glaze of soft blue-green tone, with the exception of the foot. There is a small area of gold lacquer on the mouth rim. 5 ¾ in. (14.5 cm.) diam., Japanese wood box. ... [Lire la suite]

29 août 2016

Exhibition celebrates 25 years of major acquisitions

François Boucher, Academic Study of A Reclining Male Nude, about 1750. The Art Institute of Chicago, Regenstein Endowment Fund. CHICAGO, IL.- The Art Institute of Chicago presents 84 hitherto unexhibited masterful drawings carefully and thoughtfully acquired over the last quarter century in an exhibition titled Master Drawings Unveiled: 25 Years of Major Acquisitions. Building upon an established and world-renowned collection, these masterpieces range from the French and Italian schools of the 17th century to Swiss,... [Lire la suite]
29 août 2016

"Bouchardon (1698 - 1762) Une idée du beau" au Musée du Louvre

Edme Bouchardon, L’Amour se faisant un arc dans la massue d’Hercule. Département des Sculptures, musée du Louvre. © RMN - Grand Palais (Musée du Louvre), Hervé Lewandowski PARIS - Le musée du Louvre et le J. Paul Getty Museum de Los Angeles rendent hommage à Edme Bouchardon, sculpteur et dessinateur de renom, qui fut considéré dès son époque comme « le plus grand sculpteur et le meilleur dessinateur de son siècle » (Cochin). Cité dans l’Encyclopédie comme le continuateur de Puget et de Girardon, Bouchardon fut perçu par... [Lire la suite]
29 août 2016

Culture Minister steps in to prevent Queen Victoria's coronet from export

Queen Victoria’s sapphire and diamond coronet designed by Prince Albert.  LONDON.- Culture Minister Matt Hancock has placed a temporary export bar on Queen Victoria’s sapphire and diamond coronet to keep it in the country. Queen Victoria’s sapphire and diamond coronet designed by Prince Albert is at risk of being exported from the UK unless a buyer can be found to match the asking price of £5 million (plus £1m VAT). The coronet is considered one of the most important jewels of Queen Victoria’s reign. It... [Lire la suite]
28 août 2016

A Longquan celadon ‘twin-phoenix’ mallet vase, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279)

Lot 717. A Longquan celadon ‘twin-phoenix’ mallet vase, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279). Estimate USD 200,000 - USD 300,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016. The vase is robustly potted with a mallet-shaped body, with sides tapering slightly towards the foot from the canted shoulder. The tall neck is flanked by a pair of phoenix handles below the widely flared mouth with upturned rim. The vase is covered overall with an even glaze of soft sea-green tone, leaving the foot ring unglazed. 10 ¾ in. (27.3 cm.)... [Lire la suite]
28 août 2016

A small Longquan celadon long-necked vase, Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279)

Lot 716. A small Longquan celadon long-necked vase, Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). Estimate USD 30,000 - USD 50,000.  The vase has a compressed globular body raised on a tall cylindrical foot, and a tall neck that rises to an everted mouth rim. The vase is covered with an even glaze of sea-green tone, with the exception of the ring foot which is burnt to a reddish-brown color. 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm.) high, Japanese wood box Provenance: Helene S. Thompson Collection.Robert M. Ferris IV Collection,... [Lire la suite]

28 août 2016

A Guan-type Longquan tripod censer, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279)

 Lot 718. A Guan-type Longquan tripod censer, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279). Estimate USD 50,000 - USD 60,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016. The censer has a cylindrical ribbed body with a countersunk base supported on three cabriole legs and rises to an inverted broad rim. It is covered, overall with a warm golden ivory glaze suffused with extensive icy crackles and a wider network of dark crackles. 4 11/16 in. (12 cm.) diam., Japanese wood box. Provenance: Lord Cunliffe (1899-1963)... [Lire la suite]
28 août 2016

"Masséot Abaquesne : L'éclat de la faïence à la Renaissance" au Château d'Écouen - Musée de la Renaissance

Masséot Abaquesne : L'éclat de la faïence à la Renaissance. Affiche ECOUEN -Le musée national de la Renaissance, en partenariat avec le musée des Beaux-arts et de la Céramique de Rouen, organise en 2016 une exposition sur le faïencier rouennais Masséot Abaquesne. Cette exposition, première grande rétrospective consacrée au faïencier rouennais Masséot abaquesne, est organisée par deux institutions dont les collections sont liées, historiquement, à la production de cet artiste. Abaquesne actif à Rouen dès 1526... [Lire la suite]
28 août 2016

Four jars, Sa Huỳnh culture, Southern Central Vietnam, c. 5th-2nd century BCE at Minneapolis Institute of Art

Jar, Sa Huỳnh culture, Southern Central Vietnam, c. 5th-2nd century BCE. Black earthenware with red pigments and impressed decor, 3 x 5 x 5 in. (7.6 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm). The Alan and Dena Naylor Southeast Asian Art Fund (2001.31.1). Minneapolis Institute of Art.  Iron age earthenware objects exhibit a number of local variations in south central Vietnam. The group shown here, when compared to other Sa Huyn ceramics, displays a finer workmanship; with balanced shapes, precise potting, neatly impressed and... [Lire la suite]
28 août 2016

Vessel in the Form of a Horn, Vietnam (Sa Huỳnh culture?), ca. 500 B.C.–A.D. 100

Vessel in the Form of a Horn, Vietnam (Sa Huỳnh culture?), ca. 500 B.C.–A.D. 100. Stone. H. 2 3/4 (7 cm); Diam. 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Purchase, Rogers Fund, Josephine L. Berger-Nadler and Dr. M. Leon Canick Gift, and John and Evelyn Kossak Foundation Inc. Gift, 1999 (1999.276) © 2000–2016 The Metropolitan Museum of Art This enigmatic object in the shape of a horn with a curled end is related in stone type and patina to two forms of earrings—one circular and the other with... [Lire la suite]