28 octobre 2020

A sancai 'dragon' vase, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907)

Lot 239. A sancai 'dragon' vase, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907); 32.5 cm. (12 3/4 in.) high. Price estimate: HKD: 50,000 - 70,000 (USD: 6,500 - 9,000). Auction Result: HKD: 59,000. © 2020 China Guardian (HK) Auctions Co., Ltd. Provenance: An important Taiwanese private collection, acquired in the 1980s. China Guardian (HK) Auctions Co., Ltd. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art: Part I, 2020 Autumn Auctions
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27 octobre 2020

A rare gold brocade robe, Mughal India, circa 1700

Lot 75. A rare gold brocade robe, Mughal India, circa 1700; 38in. (96.5cm.) long. Estimate GBP 30,000 - GBP 40,000 (USD 39,000 - USD 52,000). Courtesy Sotheby's. Gold and silk threads, brocaded, the gold ground decorated with a repeating design of red floral sprays, red and blue silk lining. Provenance: Possibly Henry Vansittart (1732-1770) when Governor of Bengal from 1759 to 1764 or his brother George Vansittart (1745-1825 when in Bengal from 1761 to 1776Thence by descent to the late... [Lire la suite]
27 octobre 2020

Getty Museum Announces Major Acquisition of Dutch Drawings

Jan van de Velde (Dutch, 1593 - 1641), Landscape with Ruins (recto); Head of a Woman and Animals (verso), about 1615 - 1616. Pen and black ink with gray wash (recto); Black chalk with gray wash (verso). The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. LOS ANGELES – The J. Paul Getty Museum announced today a landmark acquisition of thirty-nine Dutch drawings, providing a stunning survey of the outstanding artists, styles, genres, and subjects in seventeenth-century art from the Netherlands. The group includes drawings by Rembrandt... [Lire la suite]
27 octobre 2020

A calligraphic cuerda seca pottery tile, Safavid Iran, 17th century

Lot 36. A calligraphic cuerda seca pottery tile, Safavid Iran, 17th century; 9 1/8in. x 9 1/8in. (23.2cm. x 23.1cm.). Estimate GBP 4,000 - GBP 6,000 (USD 5,200 - USD 7,800). Courtesy Sotheby's. The upper register decorated in polychrome with a stylised flowerhead between leafy vine stemming from white ground cartouches with black arabesques, below this poetic inscriptions in black nasta'liq on white ground, minor chips to edges, otherwise intact. Provenance: French private collection, before... [Lire la suite]
27 octobre 2020

A lajvardina pottery jug, Ilkhanid Iran, 13th century

  Lot 14. A lajvardina pottery jug, Ilkhanid Iran, 13th century; 10 ¾in. (27.1cm.) high. Estimate GBP 20,000 - GBP 30,000 (USD 26,000 - USD 39,000). Courtesy Sotheby's. The drop-shaped body decorated with red and gold lattice roundels interspersed with stylised leaf-motifs on a cobalt-blue ground, beneath a band of geometric motifs, the neck similarly decorated, the glaze mostly iridised. Provenance: Private Japanese collection late 1960s, from whom purchased by Japanese trade in 1981. ... [Lire la suite]
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27 octobre 2020

A Kashan lustre pottery jug, Central Iran, early 13th century

Lot 15. A Kashan lustre pottery jug, Central Iran, early 13th century; 7 5/8in. (19.4cm.) high. Estimate GBP 30,000 - GBP 40,000 (USD 39,000 - USD 52,000). Courtesy Sotheby's. The rounded body decorated with a band of kufic on a scrolling arabesque ground, repeated stylised palmette motifs and a band of geometric motifs with roundels above and below, the neck with a similar kufic inscription with a smaller inscription below, the handle decorated with a geometric interlacing scroll, intact. Provenance:... [Lire la suite]
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27 octobre 2020

A Kashan lustre pottery bowl, Iran, circa 1200

Lot 13. A Kashan lustre pottery bowl, Iran, circa 1200; 8 3/8in. (21.2cm.) diam. Estimate GBP 25,000 - GBP 35,000 (USD 32,500 - USD 45,500). Courtesy Sotheby's. Of conical form, the interior decorated with roundels each containing seated figures in a golden-brown lustre on a scrolling ground, the exterior with a calligraphic band above repeated scrolling stylised palmette motifs, the base with a dark lustre dense scrolling vegetal diaper, two hairline cracks, otherwise intact. Provenance: Private... [Lire la suite]
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27 octobre 2020

An Abbasid lustre pottery jar, Mesopotamia, 10th Century

Lot 7. An Abbasid lustre pottery jar, Mesopotamia, 10th Century; 9in. (22.9cm.) high. Estimate GBP 30,000 - GBP 50,000 (USD 39,000 - USD 65,000). Courtesy Sotheby's. Of typical form with rounded body tapering towards mouth, the shoulder with a band of kufic interrupted by four stylised handles, below this a band of parading long-necked birds, repaired breaks and small areas of restoration. Provenance: Excavated in 1946 from Awdan Tepe, Gurgan under... [Lire la suite]
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27 octobre 2020

'Love, Life, Death, and Desire' Exhibition at Yale Center for British Art until February 28, 2021

Damien Hirst, In and Out of Love (Butterfly Paintings and Ashtrays) (detail), 1991, © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved / DACS, London / ARS, NY 2020.  NEW HAVEN, CT — The Yale Center for British Art presents its first new special exhibition since reopening to the public. Thirty years ago, Damien Hirst’s seminal installation In and Out of Love was shown for the first time. It subsequently launched his career as one of the most prominent artists his generation and was coexistent with London’s rise as a... [Lire la suite]
27 octobre 2020

A rare Samanid pottery jug, Central Asia, 9th-10th century

Lot 7. A rare Samanid pottery jug, Central Asia, 9th-10th century; 5 7/8in. (14.9cm.) high. Estimate GBP 20,000 - GBP 30,000 (USD 26,120 - USD 39,180). Courtesy Sotheby's. Of conical form, with bold, black eastern kufic inscriptions to the centre and around the rim, repaired breaks, very slight losses. Provenance: With Joseph Soustiel by 1982. Note: Samanid potters can be credited with the invention and perfection of slip-painted pottery – in which clarity of design was achieved... [Lire la suite]
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