15 juillet 2017

A fine and rare 'wucai' 'garlic-mouth' vase, Mark and period of Wanli (1573-1620)

Lot 525. A fine and rare 'wucai' 'garlic-mouth' vase, Mark and period of Wanli (1573-1620), 53.9 cm., 21 1/4 in. Estimate 3,500,000 — 4,500,000 HKD. Lot sold 7,264,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's the well-potted pear-shaped body supported by a wide straight foot, rising to a garlic-bulb shaped mouth, decorated in colours of the wucai palette including brilliant tones of iron-red and strong purplish underglaze-blue, with frolicking mandarin ducks, herons, and various other birds in a... [Lire la suite]

15 juillet 2017

A superbly enamelled yellow-ground 'falangcai' bowl, puce enamel Yuzhi mark and period of Kangxi

Lot 504. A superbly enamelled yellow-ground 'falangcai' bowl, puce enamel Yuzhi mark and period of Kangxi, 14.2 cm., 5 1/2 in. Estimate 5,000,000 — 7,000,000 HKD. Lot sold 8,384,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's finely potted with deep rounded sides rising from a short foot to an everted rim, delicately painted on the exterior with flowering chrysanthemum, day lily, and rose, the intermingling branches rising from the base and bearing luscious blooms in shaded tones of pink, lilac, blue, and pale... [Lire la suite]
15 juillet 2017

A superbly enamelled and very rare doucai and 'famille-rose' 'Eight Fruits' vase, meiping, Qing dynasty, Yongzheng-Qianlong

 Lot 513. A superbly enamelled and very rare doucai and 'famille-rose' 'Eight Fruits' vase, meiping, Qing dynasty, Yongzheng-Qianlong period (1723-1795), 34.5 cm., 13 1/2 in. Estimate Upon Request. Lot sold 10,960,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's finely potted with rounded shoulders gently curving to a slightly waisted neck with lipped rim, exquisitely painted in brilliant translucent enamels outlined in underglaze-blue and highlighted in 'famille-rose' colours with eight detached fruiting sprays... [Lire la suite]
15 juillet 2017

A rare and superbly decorated 'famille-rose' altar vase, Seal mark and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735)

Lot 507. A rare and superbly decorated 'famille-rose' altar vase, Seal mark and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735), 45.2 cm, 17 3/4 in. Estimate 6,000,000 — 8,000,000 HKD. Lot sold 22,720,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's of exceptionally well potted hexagonal section, the central section sharply tapering towards the base, masterfully moulded to each side with a panel of conforming section enclosing a Buddhist altar vase in low relief wreathed by foliate scrolls, the panels recessed into a shaded black ground decorated with... [Lire la suite]
15 juillet 2017

Christie's July Classic Week totals $112,601,271

A carved marble group of two addorsed lions marble lions from the tomb of Charles V by André Beauneveu sold for £9,349,000 / $12,088,257 / €10,648,511. World auction record for any medieval work of art. © Christie’s Images Limited 2017. LONDON.- Christie’s Classic Week concluded on 13 July 2017, achieving a combined total of £87,169,480 / $112,601,271 / €98,976,239 across 11 sales, spanning the Decorative Arts, Antiquities, Old Master & British Paintings, Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art,... [Lire la suite]
14 juillet 2017

A rare miniature molded archaistic vase and cover, Qianlong molded four-character seal mark and of the period (1736-1795)

Lot 1530. A rare miniature molded archaistic vase and cover, Qianlong molded four-character seal mark and of the period (1736-1795), 4 in. (10.2 cm.) high. Estimate USD 60,000 - USD 80,000. Price realised USD 315,750 © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The vase has a somewhat flattened globular body and is molded with pairs of archaistic birds on the sides between petal lappet and ruyi borders, and on the neck between the pair of archaistic bird scroll handles, all of which is covered with... [Lire la suite]

14 juillet 2017

A rare gilt-decorated teadust-glazed imitation bronze beaker vase, gu, Qianlong incised and gilded sel mark and of the period

Lot 1602. A rare gilt-decorated teadust-glazed imitation bronze beaker vase, gu, Qianlong incised and gilded sel mark and of the period (1736-1795), 11 1/8 in. (28.3 cm.) high. Estimate USD 30,000 - USD 50,000. Price realised USD 386,500 © Christie's Images Ltd 2011 Finely molded around the spreading foot, bulbous midsection and flared neck with ruyi heads and archaistic lappets enameled in turquoise in imitation of bronze encrustation, separated by confronted chilong, key fret and archaistic... [Lire la suite]
14 juillet 2017

A fine and rare robbin's egg-ground gilt decorated archaistic bottle vase, Seal mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795)

Lot 3004. A fine and rare robbin's egg-ground gilt decorated archaistic bottle vase, Seal mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795), 37.5 cm., 14 3/4 in. Estimate 5,000,000 - 7,000,000 HKD. Lot sold 35,380,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's based on the archaic bronze hu form with decoration imitating bronze and green patina, of compressed ovoid section with broad shoulders rising to a collared neck, flanked by a pair of reticulated archaistic gui dragons below an... [Lire la suite]
14 juillet 2017

A fine and rare gold-ground archaistic bottle vase, Seal mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795)

Lot 1949. A fine and rare gold-ground archaistic bottle vase, Seal mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795), 15 cm., 5 7/8 in. Estimate 5,000,000 — 7,000,000 HKD. Lot sold 12,980,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's of archaic bronze form, the lobed body rising from a short spreading foot to a tall neck with chilong handles and an everted rim, finely moulded to each side with square panels enclosing confronting archaistic dragons reserved on a robins-egg glazed ground, the foot and neck with... [Lire la suite]
14 juillet 2017

An important documentary blue and white altar vase, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period, dated to 1741

Lot 508. An important documentary blue and white altar vase, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period, dedicatory inscription of Tang Ying, dated to 1741, 64.1 cm., 25 1/4 in. Estimate Upon Request. Sold  11,520,000 HKD. Photo Sotheby's. finely painted overall in vivid tones of underglaze-blue enhanced by simulated 'heaping and piling', the broad shouldered body with a reserved panel to one side enclosing a seven-line inscription, surrounded by lotus blooms borne on dense scrolling leafy stems, of which the... [Lire la suite]