18 novembre 2019

An archaic bronze ritual vessel and cover, ding, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770-221 BC)

Lot 204. An archaic bronze ritual vessel and cover, ding, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770-221 BC). Width 30.4 cm, 12 in. Estimate: 8,000 - 12,000 GBP. Lot sold 12,500 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's the compressed globular body rising from three cabriole legs issuing from animal-masks to a tapering rim, set with upright loop handles, the body decorated with two registers of interlocking zoomorphic geometric scrolls, the domed cover cast with three recumbent buffaloes and centered on a loose ring handle. ... [Lire la suite]

18 novembre 2019

Troy: Myth & Reality at British Museum, London

Terracotta face pot from Troy, c. 2550–1750 BC, Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte. Photograph © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Photo: Claudia Plamp. LONDON - The British Museum announces its major exhibition for Autumn 2019. The BP exhibition Troy: myth and reality will be the first major Troy exhibition in the UK. It will reveal the lasting legacy of stories from the Trojan War, first told by early poets such as Homer and Virgil and retold and reinterpreted right up to the present day. The show... [Lire la suite]
17 novembre 2019

A Ming-style blue and white bottle vase, Qianlong seal mark and of the period (1736-1795)

Lot 111. A Ming-style blue and white bottle vase, Qianlong seal mark and of the period (1736-1795); 32cm (12 1/2in) high. Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000. Sold for £ 16,312 (€ 19,043). Photo: Bonhams.  The globular body rising from a short spreading foot to a tall elegant waisted neck, finely painted in rich 'heaped and piled' cobalt-blue tones with a composite flower scroll band, all between lotus lappet and 'classic' scroll bands at the base and a ruyi-band at the shoulder, the neck with stiff... [Lire la suite]
17 novembre 2019

A rare pair of Ming-style blue and white saucer-dishes, Yongzheng six character marks and of the period

Lot 80.  A rare pair of Ming-style blue and white saucer-dishes, Yongzheng six character marks and of the period (1723-1735); Each 11.8cm (4 5/8in) diam. Estimate: £4,000 - 6,000. Sold for £ 30,062 (€ 35,095). Photo: Bonhams.  Each with gently curving sides raised on a short tapering foot, the interior painted in vivid shades of blue with lotus and peony flower heads on a dense ground of scrolling foliage, surrounded by further meander bordered by a stylised scrolling band to the rim, the... [Lire la suite]
17 novembre 2019

A large blue and white 'Hundred Antiques' jar and cover, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Lot 106. A large blue and white 'Hundred Antiques' jar and cover, Kangxi period (1662-1722); 81cm (31 7/8in) high. Estimate: £8,000 - £12,000. Sold for £ 10,062 (€ 11,747). Photo: Bonhams.  Finely painted around the exterior with shaped panels containing auspicious and scholarly objects known collectively as the 'one hundred antiques' motif as well as flowers and birds, all reserved on a diaper-pattern ground, the waisted neck with a scrolling band of chysanthemums, the domed cover similarly decorated... [Lire la suite]
17 novembre 2019

A pair of blue and white flaring vases, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Lot 100. A pair of blue and white flaring vases, Kangxi period (1662-1722). The tallest 49cm (19 1/4in) high. Estimate: £6,000 - £8,000. Sold for £ 7,562 (€ 8,828). Photo: Bonhams.  Each of baluster form rising to a flared foliate rim, densely painted in vibrant blue around the exterior with different registers of scrolling branches and blossoming peonies, the foot and rim moulded with petal-shaped panels containing further sprigs of flowers. Bonhams. Fine Chinese Art, London, 7 Nov... [Lire la suite]

17 novembre 2019

A blue and white ewer for the Islamic market, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Lor 98.  A blue and white ewer for the Islamic market, Kangxi period (1662-1722); 28cm (11in) high. Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000. Sold for £ 4,437 (€ 5,180). Photo: Bonhams.  The flattened pear-shaped sides brightly painted on both sides with rockwork issuing sprays of blossoms, all surrounded by floral sprigs on the rest of the body, the spout and handle with stylised cloud motifs. Note: The shape of this ewer derives from metal vessels, known as aftaba, which were produced in Turkey and India... [Lire la suite]
17 novembre 2019

A pair of blue and white jars and covers, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Lot 97. A pair of blue and white jars and covers, Kangxi period (1662-1722); 44.5cm (17 1/4in) high. Estimate: £7,000 - £9,000. Sold for £ 8,187 (€ 9,558). Photo: Bonhams.  Each painted around the exterior in vibrant tones with shaped panels containing mountainous landscapes, baskets of flowers, and blooming peonies issuing from rocks, the central bands divided by and overlapping circles, all between ruyi-shaped panels on the foot and shoulder with floral scrolls, the covers similarly painted... [Lire la suite]
17 novembre 2019

Exhibition aims to reframe our view of photography

Rowland Scherman, Andy Warhol aside Polaroids of Caroline Ireland, about 1979; printed 2008, digital inkjet print, Gift of Howard G. Davis, III A.K.A. David Davis, 2011.162. © Rowland Scherman. WORCESTER, MASS.- The Worcester Art Museum is presenting Photo Revolution: Andy Warhol to Cindy Sherman, a new exhibition that demonstrates photography’s profound influence on contemporary art in the mid- to late 20th century. For much of its history, photography—and other photo-based arts such as film and television—were seen by... [Lire la suite]
17 novembre 2019

Sèvres treasures from service for Madame du Barry, Louis XV's last great love offered at Bonhams

Lot 114. A pair of Sèvres bottle coolers from a service commissioned by Madame du Barry, circa 1770; 18.5cm and 18.7cm high. Estimate: £60,000-80,000 (€ 70,000 - 93,000). Photo: Bonhams. LONDON.- An exceptionally rare pair of Sèvres bottle coolers from a service commissioned by Madame du Barry, the final maîtresse-en-titre of Louis XV, will be offered at Bonhams Fine European Ceramics sale in London on Wednesday 4 December. The pair is estimated at £60,000-80,000. Lot 114. A pair of... [Lire la suite]