02 août 2017

Frans Hals (Dutch, c. 1581-1666), Portrait of Tieleman Roosterman, 1634

Frans Hals (Dutch, c. 1581-1666), Portrait of Tieleman Roosterman, 1634, oil on canvas, Framed: 139 x 109 x 5.5 cm (54 11/16 x 42 7/8 x 2 1/8 in.); Unframed: 117 x 87 cm (46 1/16 x 34 1/4 in.). Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund, 1999.173 © The Cleveland Museum of Art. Tieleman Roosterman's business in fine linen and silk fabrics extended as far as France. Given his trade, it is no surprise that Hals emphasized costume here, luxurious despite its sober color. Here Roosterman wears a black doublet with slashed sleeves, a wide collar,... [Lire la suite]

02 août 2017

Best of Peridots at Sotheby's

Peridot and diamond necklace. Photo: Sotheby's. From the collection of Marjorie S. Fisher, this necklace is composed of a line of alternating oval-shaped peridots and rose-cut diamonds. Peridot, green garnet, black diamond and diamond ‘Panda’ brooch. Sold for HK$375,000 ($48,386) at Sotheby’s Hong Kong. Photo: Sotheby's.  In this whimsical design that more than doubled its high estimate, a precious panda made of black and white diamonds sits atop a Burmese cushion-shaped peridot weighing 36.38 carats. Gold and peridot... [Lire la suite]
02 août 2017

A large bronze ritual pouring vessel, yi, Western Zhou dynasty, 9th-8th century BC

Lot 1511. A large bronze ritual pouring vessel, yi, Western Zhou dynasty, 9th-8th century BC, 13 5/8 in. (34.5 cm.) long. Estimate USD 120,000 - USD 180,000. Price realised USD 146,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2012  Raised on four flat legs cast as compressed dragons with clawed feet, the sides horizontally ribbed below a band of angular scroll flat-cast below the rim, the loop handle formed by the arched body of a horned dragon biting the rim in its jaws, with a fifteen-character... [Lire la suite]
02 août 2017

The Ji Ran Gui. A bronze ritual food vessel, Late Shang dynasty, 13th-11th century BC

Lot 11. The Ji Ran Gui. A bronze ritual food vessel, Late Shang dynasty, 13th-11th century BC.Height 5 3/4  in., 14.6 cm; Width 10 3/4 in., 27.3 cm. Estimate 50,000 — 70,000 USD. Lot sold 87,500 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the rounded sides decorated below the flared rim with a band of eight kui dragons, centered by an animal-mask in high relief on two sides and divided by two loop handles springing from animal heads with raised circular eyes, oblong ears and... [Lire la suite]
02 août 2017

A bronze ritual wine vessel and cover, you, Late Shang dynasty, 11th century BC 

Lot 1510. A bronze ritual wine vessel and cover, you, Late Shang dynasty, 11th century BC, 9¼ in. (23.5 cm.) high. Estimate USD 70,000 - USD 90,000. Price realised USD 134,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2012  Of pear shape and elliptical section, raised on a spreading foot encircled by two bow-string bands, the sides cast with a raised band of angular leiwen spirals between borders of circles, with an animal mask cast in high relief on each side and two loops at the... [Lire la suite]
02 août 2017

The Zhong Zhi Fu Gui. An important bronze ritual food vessel, Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th-10th Century BC

Lot 8. The Zhong Zhi Fu Gui. An important bronze ritual food vessel, Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th-10th Century BC. Estimate 80,000 — 120,000. Lot sold 437,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the rounded body resting on a high splayed foot terminating with a straight foot ring, cast below the gently everted rim with a border of four pairs of confronted kui dragons with raised eyes, hooked jaws and flag-like tops, bisected by an animal-mask in high relief on two sides and interrupted by... [Lire la suite]

02 août 2017

A bronze ritual food vessel, gui, Late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC

Lot 1507. A bronze ritual food vessel, gui, Late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC, 9 in. (23 cm.) across handles. Estimate USD 100,000 - USD 150,000. Price realised USD 230,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2012  The sides cast with a 'diamond and boss' band between borders of circles, below four pairs of quilled dragons centered on either a small mask on two sides or the bovine heads that surmount the C-scroll handles that terminate in hooked tabs and are cast with taotie masks, with a... [Lire la suite]
02 août 2017

The Fu Yi Zhi. A bronze ritual wine vessel, Early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th-10th century BC

Lot 5. The Fu Yi Zhi. A bronze ritual wine vessel, Early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th-10th century BC. Height 6 3/4  in., 17 cm. Estimate 15,000 — 20,000 USD. Lot sold 18,750 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the elegantly curved slender vessel rising from a high splayed foot and surmounted by a trumpet-like mouth, the underside of the zhi decorated in thread relief with a turtle motif, cast inside the vessel with a two-character inscription, the surface with a light... [Lire la suite]
02 août 2017

The Fu Xin Zhi. A bronze ritual wine vessel, Late Shang dynasty, 13th-11th century BC

Lot 10. The Fu Xin Zhi. A bronze ritual wine vessel, Late Shang dynasty, 13th-11th century BC. Height 6 in., 15.2 cm. Estimate 10,000 — 15,000 USD. Lot sold 30,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the pear-shaped body resting on a high foot ring encircled by two bowstring bands, decorated on each side of the neck with a taotie mask centered by a shallow flange and flanked by two kui dragons all between two further bowstring bands, the surface with dark silver patina, a... [Lire la suite]
02 août 2017

A small bronze ritual wine vessel, zhi, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, 12th-11th century BC

Lot 1506. A small bronze ritual wine vessel, zhi, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, 12th-11th century BC, 5¼ in. (13.3 cm.) high. Estimate USD 15,000 - USD 25,000. Price realised USD 18,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2012  Of pear shape and oval section, the neck encircled by a band of diamond pattern formed by angular leiwen spirals between narrow borders of D-shaped scales or feathers repeated on the tall foot, with dark grey patina and areas of malachite encrustation.  ... [Lire la suite]