22 mars 2017

A celadon-glazed double gourd vase, Qianlong mark and period (1736-1795)

Lot 704. A celadon-glazed double gourd vase, Qianlong mark and period (1736-1795). Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 USD. Lot sold 25,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's.   elegantly potted with a globular lower bulb supporting a slightly smaller upper bulb with a narrow mouth, covered overall in a lustrous pale sea-green glaze, save for an unglazed foot ring encircling the recessed base with a six-character seal mark in underglaze blue, the mouth with metal mount. Height 12 1/4 ... [Lire la suite]

22 mars 2017

A white-glazed incised vase, Qing dynasty, 18th century.

Lot 706. A white-glazed incised vase, Qing dynasty, 18th century. Estimate 5,000 — 7,000 USD. Lot sold 12,500 USD. Photo: Sotheby's.   of ovoid shape rising to a lipped rim, the body engraved with a continuous foliate meander of lotus flowers borne on undulating leafy stems, set between bands of ruyi and keyfret around the shoulder and upright lappets encircling the base, all under a white glaze of faint bluish tint. Height 7 5/8  in., 19.3 cm ... [Lire la suite]
22 mars 2017

A white-glazed incised 'Dragon' bottle vase, Qing dynasty, 18th century

Lot 701. A white-glazed incised 'Dragon' bottle vase, Qing dynasty, 18th century. Estimate 8,000 — 12,000 USD. Lot sold 12,500 USD. Photo: Sotheby's.   the pear-shaped body rising to a tall slender neck and lipped rim, incised with a writhing dragon, its barbed tail coiling around the neck, in pursuit of a 'flaming pearl', covered overall with a pale bluish-green slip pooling into the carving and a semi-opaque white glaze. Height 9 3/4  in., 24.8 cm Provenance:... [Lire la suite]
22 mars 2017

Christie's to offer Cy Twombly's great clandestine masterpiece in New York

Cy Twombly, Leda and the Swan, 1962, oil, lead pencil and wax crayon on canvas.Estimate $35-55 million. © Christie’s Images Limited 2017. NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s will offer Cy Twombly’s Leda and the Swan, 1962 as a highlight of its May 17 Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale. This unequivocal tour de force has resided within a private collection for over 25 years and has not been seen publicly in all that time. One of two large format masterpieces to emerge from this unbridled subject, Leda and the Swan’s... [Lire la suite]
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22 mars 2017

Sotheby's to offer quintessential Hammershøi interior from the Estate of Jens Risom

Vilhelm Hammershøi, White Doors. Interior, Strandgade 30, oil on canvas, 39.5 by 42.5cm., 15½ by 16¾in. Estimate: £400,000 - 600,000. Photo: Sotheby's. LONDON.- This June, Sotheby’s will offer at auction a quintessential interior by Vilhelm Hammershøi, long revered as one of Denmark’s most celebrated artists. Painted in 1899, White Doors perfectly reflects the interests and sensibilities of its distinguished owners, aesthetes from three generations of the same family. The work comes to sale from the estate of Jens... [Lire la suite]
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21 mars 2017

A gilt copper alloy figure of the second Dalai Lama, Gendun Gyatso Pelzangpo, Tibet, late 16th-17th century

Lot 3290. A gilt copper alloy figure of the second Dalai Lama, Gendun Gyatso Pelzangpo, Tibet, late 16th-17th century. Estimate USD 100,000 ~ 150,000. Sold for US$ 199,500 (€184,688). Photo: Bonhams. Inscription (on book held in hand) translated: 'Here lie the Father and Son teachings of the Kadam'. 7 7/8 in. (20 cm) highHimalayan Art Resources item no.2280 Note: There can be no mistaking his likeness to the stout, broad featured, smiling figure within the Museum Rietberg, identified by inscription as the... [Lire la suite]

21 mars 2017

A gilt copper alloy figure of Vanaratna, Tibet, circa 1468

Lot 3268. A gilt copper alloy figure of Vanaratna, Tibet, circa 1468. Estimate USD 120,000 ~ 160,000. Sold for US$ 295,500 (€273,560). century. Photo: Bonhams. Inscription translated, 'One is freed of all prejudice if reality dawns, and so the master known to be free of prejudice should be resorted to with devotion. As a memorial to the mahapandita and a meditation object for Lochen, this was commissioned by the great attendant Dripa Gelong and made by the artist Rokpa Tsapa Namka... [Lire la suite]
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21 mars 2017

A silver inlaid copper alloy figure of Tsangnyon Heruka Tsang, Central Tibet, 16th century

Lot 3244. A silver inlaid copper alloy figure of Tsangnyon Heruka Tsang, Central Tibet, 16th century. Estimate USD 100,000 ~ 150,000. Sold for US$ 319,500 (€295,778). Photo: Bonhams. Inscription translated, 'Homage to the scholar-yogin, the mad man of Tsang, Sang gye Gyaltsen'. 7 7/8 in. (20 cm) highHimalayan Art Resources item no.10874 Note: It is difficult to imagine a portrait bronze with more eccentricity and charisma. "The Madman of Tsang", Tsangnyon Heruka (1452-1507) appears to draw a... [Lire la suite]
21 mars 2017

A silver inlaid copper alloy figure of Sanggye Pel Tsang, Central Tibet, 15th century

Lot 3273. A silver inlaid copper alloy figure of Sanggye Pel Tsang, Central Tibet, 15th century. Estimate USD 100,000 ~ 150,000. Sold for US$ 319,500 (€295,778). Photo: Bonhams. Inscription translated, 'Homage to the omniscient Sang gye Pel, lord of the entire Doctrine. Good Fortune!'. 8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm) highHimalayan Art Resources item no.2328 Note: The bronze is one of the finest known portraits in the Tsang style of Central Tibet, which favors non-gilt, brassy sculptures with incised... [Lire la suite]
21 mars 2017

A gilt copper alloy figure of the Fifth Karmapa, Deshin Shekpa, Tibet, 15th-16th century

Lot 3243. A gilt copper alloy figure of the Fifth Karmapa, Deshin Shekpa, Tibet, 15th-16th century. Estimate USD 150,000 ~ 200,000. Sold for US$ 343,500 (€317,996). Photo: Bonhams. Inscription translated, 'I prostrate at the feet of Lord Deshin Shekpa'. 7 1/8 in. (18 cm) highHimalayan Art Resources item no.2265 Note: The 14th century witnessed the fall of the Yuan (1271-1368) and the rise of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Seeing the spiritual and political merits of forming alliances with... [Lire la suite]