20 septembre 2021

A rare blue and white 'phoenix and crane' vase, Mark and period of Wanli (1573-1620)

Lot 151. A rare blue and white 'phoenix and crane' vase, Mark and period of Wanli (1573-1620). Height 7¼ in., 18.4 cm. Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000 USD. © Sotheby's 2021 well potted with the slightly compressed globular body rising from a splayed foot to a tall cylindrical neck originally flanked by a pair of handles, painted in vibrant cobalt around the exterior with alternating pairs of phoenix and cranes flying amidst cloud wisps, all between further cloud motifs and... [Lire la suite]

20 septembre 2021

A blue and white 'flower basket' dish, Mark and period of Wanli

Lot 150. A blue and white 'flower basket' dish, Mark and period of Wanli (1573-1620). Diameter 6⅝ in., 16.7 cm. Estimate: 4,000 - 6,000 USD. © Sotheby's 2021 the center painted in shades of dark blue with an arrangement of varying blooms in an arched-handled basket, the cavetto with fans, leaves, pomegranate and waterweed all between double-line borders, the exterior with flowering boughs and insects, the base with a six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle. Provenance: Sotheby's... [Lire la suite]
20 septembre 2021

An iron-red-ground underglaze-blue 'scholar' stembowl, Ming dynasty, Wanli period (1573-1620)

Lot 149. An iron-red-ground underglaze-blue 'scholar' stembowl, Ming dynasty, Wanli period (1573-1620). Diameter 5¾ in., 14.3 cm. Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 USD. © Sotheby's 2021 the rounded sides supported on a tall straight foot and rising to an everted rim, the exterior painted in underglaze blue with a continuous scene of scholars engaged in the 'four accomplishments', the gentlemen variously playing weiqi, admiring a painting, and reading poetry, the interior painted... [Lire la suite]
19 septembre 2021

A white-glazed baluster jar, Ming dynasty, 15th-16th century

Lot 92. A white-glazed baluster jar, Ming dynasty, 15th-16th century. Height 12¾ in., 32.4 cm. Estimate: 6,000 - 8,000 USD. © Sotheby's 2021 the narrow base sweeping into high rounded shoulders, surmounted by a short neck and lipped rim, covered in a creamy white glaze, the base unglazed. From the Collection of Bruce Dayton and Ruth Stricker Dayton. Provenance: Nicholas Grindley LLC, London. Exhibited: Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, 2016 (on loan). Sotheby's. Important Chinese... [Lire la suite]
19 septembre 2021

A pair of pierced and carved 'Longquan' celadon-glazed garden seats, Ming dynasty (1368-1644)

Lot 90. A pair of pierced and carved 'Longquan' celadon-glazed garden seats, Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Height 14 in., 35.6 cm. Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 USD. © Sotheby's 2021 each of barrel shape, with four rectangular openwork panels each enclosing a large bloom and combed leaves, set against carved stylized floral scrollwork between rows of raised florets, the top carved with a floret diaper ground, all under a translucent olive-green glaze pooling to a deeper tone in the recesses. From... [Lire la suite]
19 septembre 2021

A 'Longquan' celadon-glazed 'lotus' jar and cover, Late Yuan-early Ming dynasty

Lot 89. A 'Longquan' celadon-glazed 'lotus' jar and cover, Late Yuan-early Ming dynasty. Height overall 11 in., 27.9 cm. Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 USD. © Sotheby's 2021 of compressed baluster form, the body freely carved with a stylized lotus scroll issuing furling leaves above a band of upright lappets encircling the base, the similarly decorated cover modeled as an undulating lotus pad with a stem-form knop, all covered with a translucent jade-green glaze pooling to a deeper tone in the... [Lire la suite]

19 septembre 2021

A molded 'Shufu' white-glazed 'lotus' dish, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368)

Lot 91. A molded 'Shufu' white-glazed 'lotus' dish, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368). Diameter 5½ in., 14 cm. Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 USD. © Sotheby's 2021 the shallow sides resting on a short footring, the center molded with four stylized lotus blooms borne on a continuous meandering stem within double-line borders, a similar lotus scroll encircling the cavetto with the characters shu and fu, the exterior plain, all under a bluish-white glaze save for the foot left exposed to reveal... [Lire la suite]
19 septembre 2021

A blue and white faceted pear-shaped vase, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368)

Lot 93. A blue and white faceted pear-shaped vase, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368). Diameter 22⅜ in., 56.9 cm. Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000 USD. © Sotheby's 2021 of octagonal section, each facet painted with an upright petal lappet below a tall rectangular panel enclosing a blossoming floral sprig framed by foliate brackets at the corners, four pendent petal lappets encircling the constricted neck, upright plantain leaves at the rim, bands of keyfret or classic scroll dividing each register of... [Lire la suite]
19 septembre 2021

A large wucai 'dragon' jardinière, Mark and period of Wanli (1573-1620)

Lot 88. A large wucai 'dragon' jardinière, Mark and period of Wanli (1573-1620). Diameter 22⅜ in., 56.9 cm. Estimate: 60,000 - 80,000 USD. © Sotheby's 2021 the deep sides tapering slightly towards the base and rising to a galleried rim, boldly painted with two five-clawed dragons striding above a lotus pond, each with a serpentine scaly body emitting flame wisps, a spiky ridged spine, and sharp talons, the pond teeming with lingzhi, waterweeds, and lotus in green, yellow, or... [Lire la suite]
19 septembre 2021

A yellow-ground underglaze-blue 'double-gourd' vase, Mark and period of Jiajing (1522-1566)

Lot 83. A yellow-ground underglaze-blue 'double-gourd' vase, Mark and period of Jiajing (1522-1566). Height 7½ in., 19.1 cm. Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 USD. © Sotheby's 2021 the globular lower body and pear-shaped upper bulb boldly painted in deep cobalt blue with meandering leafy lotus scroll, the waisted midsection with florets and a row of ruyi heads, all against a rich yellow-enameled ground, the base white and with a six-character mark within a double circle in underglaze blue. From... [Lire la suite]