28 mai 2020

Sotheby's to offer the first work of classical African art in any Contemporary Art Evening Sale this June

The Clyman Fang Head. Fang-Betsi Reliquary Statue, Gabon. Estimate $2.5/4 million. Courtesy Sotheby's.  NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s announced that they will offer The Clyman Fang Head – one of the most important works of African Art ever to appear at auction – in their Contemporary Art Evening Auction to be held in New York the week of 29 June. On offer from the The Collection of Sidney and Bernice Clyman with an estimate of $2.5/4 million, the reliquary statue will be the first work of classical African Art to be... [Lire la suite]
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27 mai 2020

A silver-inlaid bronze figure of Guanyin, Shisou mark, 17th century

Lot 5115. A silver-inlaid bronze figure of Guanyin, Shisou mark, 17th century; 12.9 cm, 5  in. Estimate 150,000 — 180,000 HKD. Sold for 275,000 HKD (32,538 EUR). Courtesy Sotheby's. depicted seated with the right knee raised supporting both hands with one holding a scroll, clad in long flowing robes falling into voluminous folds and draped over by a shawl, the garments embellished by silver wire-inlaid clouds and scrollwork borders, opening to reveal the... [Lire la suite]
27 mai 2020

An heirloom Jian 'hare's fur' 'temmoku' bowl, Song dynasty (960-1279)

Lot 5024. An heirloom Jian 'hare's fur' 'temmoku' bowl, Song dynasty (960-1279); 12.9 cm, 5  in. Estimate 180,000 — 250,000 HKD. Sold for 275,000 HKD (32,538 EUR). Courtesy Sotheby's. sturdily potted rising from a short straight foot to a thin concave groove below the rim, the deep conical body covered in a thick black lustrous glaze with fine russet striations radiating from the rim, the glaze stopping above the foot revealing the dark brown body, the rim bound metal,... [Lire la suite]
27 mai 2020

A life-size fragmentary gilt-bronze arm of Buddha, Ming dynasty

Lot 5001. A life-size fragmentary gilt-bronze arm of Buddha, Ming dynasty (1368-1644); 56.5 by 52.5 cm, 22 1/4  by 21 in. Estimate 50,000 — 70,000 HKD. Sold for 275,000 HKD (32,538 EUR). Courtesy Sotheby's. cast as a complete section for the assembly of a massive gilt-bronze figure of Buddha, the shoulder slightly crushed due to deconsecration or anti-Buddhist desecration but the remainder of the slender and slightly elongated arm left intact and clad in a slightly flaring... [Lire la suite]
27 mai 2020

A marble figure of seated 'pensive' Maitreya, Northern Qi dynasty (530-577)

Lot 5030. A marble figure of seated 'pensive' Maitreya, Northern Qi dynasty (530-577); 23.8 cm, 9 3/8  in. Estimate 260,000 — 280,000 HKD. Sold for 325,000 HKD (38,454 EUR). Courtesy Sotheby's. the bodhisattva portrayed as the Lord of Tusita, modelled in the round seated in lalitasana on a raised circular base with the left leg crossed over the right knee, his right hand resting on his left foot while the right arm (now... [Lire la suite]
27 mai 2020

A marble head of Avalokiteshvara, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 5103. A marble head of Avalokiteshvara, Tang dynasty (618-907); 14.6 cm,  5 3/4  in. Estimate 300,000 — 400,000 HKD. Sold for 375,000 HKD (44,370 EUR). Courtesy Sotheby's. sensitively carved as the sensuous full face of the Bodhisattava, portrayed with slender almost half-closed eyes beneath arched eyebrows exquisitely depicted with fluidly carved lines tapering at the ends, the small bud mouth with soft contours and superbly rendered pursed into a faint... [Lire la suite]

27 mai 2020

A Longquan celadon moulded 'lotus' dish, Early Ming dynasty

Lot 5085. A Longquan celadon moulded 'lotus' dish, Early Ming dynasty; 19.8 cm, 7 3/4  in. Estimate 200,000 — 300,000 HKD. Sold for 375,000 HKD (44,370 EUR). Courtesy Sotheby's. the rounded sides rising from a short foot, moulded to the centre of the interior with a single stylised lotus spray, surrounded by a band of lotus blooms on the well beneath a band of classic floral scroll at the rim, repeated on the exterior above a band of key-fret around the foot,... [Lire la suite]
27 mai 2020

A superbly carved celadon-glazed 'lotus' box and cover, Korea, Koryo dynasty

Lot 5054. A superbly carved celadon-glazed 'lotus' box and cover, Korea, Koryo dynasty (935-1392); 9 cm, 3 1/2  in. Estimate 80,000 — 100,000 HKD. Sold for 375,000 HKD (44,370 EUR). Courtesy Sotheby's. the top of the cover delicately carved with subtle steps of overlapping layers of petals radiating from a central bloom, each petal intricately combed with fine incisions, all above straight sides detailed with a geometric band repeated on the straight sides of the... [Lire la suite]
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27 mai 2020

A rare yellow jade cong, Neolithic period, probably Qijia Culture (2200 BC – 1600 BC)

Lot 5006. A rare yellow jade cong, Neolithic period, probably Qijia Culture (2200 BC – 1600 BC); 12.7 cm, 5  in. Estimate 200,000 — 250,000 HKD. Sold for 375,000 HKD (44,370 EUR). Courtesy Sotheby's. of square section, pierced through the center with a cylindrical tube extending at either end to a short neck and foot, the stone of a variegated celadon and brown colour, wood stand. Provenance: The Huai Qin Ge Collection, acquired during... [Lire la suite]
27 mai 2020

A finely modelled painted pottery figure of an ox, Northern Wei dynasty (386-534)

Lot 5022. A finely modelled painted pottery figure of an ox, Northern Wei dynasty (386-534); 19.5 cm, 7 5/8  in. Estimate 200,000 — 300,000 HKD. Sold for 437,500 HKD (51,765 EUR). Courtesy Sotheby's. delicately and dynamically modelled, depicted sturdily standing on a trapezoid base with the right hoofed foreleg raised as though walking while ploughing, the animal portrayed with the head held high, accentuated with well-defined features including a pair... [Lire la suite]