23 février 2020

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, opens 'Francis Bacon: Late Paintings'

Francis Bacon, Self-Portrait, 1971, oil on canvas, Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne-Centre de création industrielle, Paris. © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved. / DACS, London / ARS, NY 2019. HOUSTON, TX.- The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, presents Francis Bacon: Late Paintings. Organized by the Centre Pompidou, where it debuted in September 2019, this is the first in-depth museum consideration of Bacon’s production in his final decades, and the first museum exhibition of the artist’s work to be... [Lire la suite]
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22 février 2020

Rare photographs taken in Siam more than 150 years ago by John Thomson goes on display in Chester Beatty

Portrait of a princess, possibly a daughter of Prince Nilarat by John Thomson, 1865-66. Wellcome Collection. CC BY. DUBLIN.- Considered a pioneer of photojournalism, and one of the most influential photographers of the 19th century, John Thomson was the first known photographer to document the people and landscape of Siam and China for publication and dissemination to the Western world.The range, depth and quality of Thomson's photographic vision mark him out as one of history's most important travel photographers. ... [Lire la suite]
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22 février 2020

A  rare hardstone-inset gold 'pomegranate' box and cover, Qing dynasty

Lot 340. A rare hardstone-inset gold 'pomegranate' box and cover, Qing dynasty. Length 4 3/4  in., 12.2 cm. Estimate 100,000 — 150,000 USD. Lot sold 125,000 USD. Photo Sotheby's. made in the outline of a ripe pomegranate, the motif reinforced by pink tourmaline carved to resemble seeds inset on the cover, further inset with turquoise, lapis lazuli, jade, rose quartz, agate, and foil-backed crystal, all carved to create the design of a leafy vine sprouting tendrils and bearing... [Lire la suite]
22 février 2020

A rare imperial carved zitan stool (zuodun), Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Lot 205. A rare imperial carved zitan stool (zuodun), Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795). Height 20 1/4  in., 51.5 cm; Width 15 1/2  in., 39.4 cm; Depth 15 1/2  in., 39.4 cm. Estimate 100,000 — 120,000 USD. Lot sold 175,000 USD. Photo Sotheby's.  the solid top panel of quatrelobed section, above a narrow waist carved in relief with elongated, tasseled ellipses (CONFIRM), the shaped and beaded aprons superbly carved with symmetrical foliate and... [Lire la suite]
22 février 2020

A pair of large zitan compound cabinets and hatchests, sijiangui

Lot 1381. A pair of large zitan compound cabinets and hatchests, sijiangui; 96 in. (243.8 cm.) high, 40¾ in. (103.5 cm.) wide, 22½ in. (57.4 cm.) deep. Estimate USD 60,000 - USD 80,000. Price realised USD 290,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011. Each cabinet of square-corner form and with panel doors opening from the removable center stile and elaborately carved with dragon roundels above friezes of deer in landscapes and qilin and phoenix amidst clouds, above a further... [Lire la suite]
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22 février 2020

A very rare gilt-bronze figure of Lu Dongbin, Yuan-Early Ming Dynasty, 13th-14th century

Lot 1635. A very rare gilt-bronze figure of Lu Dongbin, Yuan-Early Ming Dynasty, 13th-14th century; 13 in. (33 cm.) high. Estimate USD 150,000 - USD 200,000. Price realised USD 182,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011. Shown seated and dressed in long robes tied at the waist and falling in loose folds to the tops of his shoes with upturned ends, holding a rolled scroll in his left hand and a fan aloft in his right, with a sheathed sword slung over his shoulder, and a small double-gourd... [Lire la suite]

22 février 2020

A large and finely cast gilt-bronze standing figure of Weituo, Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century

Lot 1632. A large and finely cast gilt-bronze standing figure of Weituo, Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century; 22½ in. (57.1 cm.) high. Estimate USD 150,000 - USD 250,000. Price realised USD 626,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011. The guardian of the Buddhist faith portrayed with a youthful face, his hands held in anjalimudra, clad in full chain-mail armor and helmet, with billowing celestial scarf, sleeves and ribbons, the details all finely cast and chased, bronze stand.  Note:... [Lire la suite]
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22 février 2020

A rare embellished zitan table screen, the elements 18th century

Lot 1389. A rare embellished zitan table screen, the elements 18th century; 28 3/16 in. (71.6 cm.) high, 25¼ in. (64.2 cm.) wide. Estimate USD 200,000 - USD 300,000. Price realised USD 242,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011. The panel inlaid in jade, cloisonné enamel, ivory, bone, zitan, hardstone, and lacquer with Buddhist and Daoist deities, precious objects, scholarly accoutrements, and a lacquer wall vase inset with a jade panel inscribed with an imperial ode to the peach... [Lire la suite]
22 février 2020

An extremely rare imperial carved red lacquer and iron matchlock musket, Qianlong-Jiaqing period (1736-1820)

Lot 1447. An extremely rare imperial carved red lacquer and iron matchlock musket, Qianlong-Jiaqing period (1736-1820); 61 3/8 in. (155.9 cm.) long. Estimate USD 500,000 - USD 700,000. Price realised USD 578,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011. The gently curved stock carved on either side with a five-clawed dragon in pursuit of a flaming pearl amidst clouds above the butt carved with a series of lappets and central flower head, the lengthy forestock elaborately carved as a series of... [Lire la suite]
22 février 2020

Kunsthalle Zürich and Luma Westbau open extensive retrospective of Gilbert & George

ZURICH.- Luma Westbau and Kunsthalle Zürich are showing an extensive retrospective of 50 years of artistic collaboration between Gilbert & George.The artists Gilbert & George have created art together for half a century. Through this an outstanding body of work has emerged that is still explosive and avant-garde today. This is now generously demonstrated in THE GREAT EXHIBITION, 1971–2016, which allows unique insight into their visually powerful, boundless—and sometimes provocative—artistic universe. The exhibition... [Lire la suite]
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