02 septembre 2017

Sassanian Elliptical Silver Gilt Bowl with a Vine Scroll, 6th-7th century B.C.E.

Sassanian Elliptical Silver Gilt Bowl with a Vine Scroll, 6th-7th century B.C.E. Silver gilt, W. 13.3 cm. © Miho Museum The elliptical bowl is one of two standard forms of drinking vessel. In Middle Persian the shape was known as a "boat vessel"--a term inscribed on one example of the type.1 while variations of the elliptical bowl form from the third millennium B.C. are known in the Near East, the Sasanian silver vessel, without a foot and with a somewhat crescentic profile, is a distinctive shape of the sixth and the seventh... [Lire la suite]

02 septembre 2017

Sassanian Silver Gilt Vase with Dancing Female Figures, 6th century C.E.

Sassanian Silver Gilt Vase with Dancing Female Figures, 6th century C.E. Silver gilt, H. 18.1 cm. © Miho Museum This slender, pear-shaped vase, with a vertical rim, narrow neck, beaded collar, and flat foot, is decorated with four nude dancing female figures, each of whom turns, in a three-quarter pose, toward one of the figures adjacent to her, thus forming two pairs of figures. The body of the vessel has been shaped into four contiguous oval surfaces that serve as frames for the females. Between these ovals at the top and... [Lire la suite]
02 septembre 2017

Sassanian Silver Gilt Ewer with a Foliate Design, 6th-7th century C.E

Sassanian Silver Gilt Ewer with a Foliate Design, 6th-7th century C.E. Silver gilt, H. 35.9 cm. © Miho Museum Most Sasanian silver ewers are decorated with figural designs rather than with overall plant motifs of the type that cover the body of this impressive late Sasanian work.1 Only on Islamic ewers and vases of the eighth and ninth centuries is such a uniform ornamental scheme commonly found. An Islamic bronze ewer from Dagestan in the Caucasus region--and now in The Hermitage, Saint Petersburg--is decorated with a stylized... [Lire la suite]
02 septembre 2017

A doucai 'lotus' bowl, Daoguang seal mark and period (1821-1850)

Lot 27. A doucai 'lotus' bowl, Daoguang seal mark and period (1821-1850). Diameter 5 in., 12.6 cm. Estimate 8,000 — 12,000 USD. Lot Sold 15,000 USD Photo: Sotheby's the deep rounded sides rising from a slightly tapered foot, the exterior decorated with three detached lotus sprays, each detailed with two blossoms borne on a stylized leafy foliate stem, the interior with a central medallion enclosing a further lotus spray, the base with a six-character seal mark in... [Lire la suite]
02 septembre 2017

A small doucai 'Shou' dish, Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795)

Lot 26. A small doucai 'Shou' dish, Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795). Diameter 5 5/8  in., 14.3 cm. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 USD. Lot sold 25,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's with shallow rounded sides rising from a low tapering foot, the interior painted in bright enamels with a central medallion enclosing a fruiting peach tree bearing eleven fruit, its trunk twisted and bent to form a shou character above a sprig of lingzhi and rocks in underglaze blue, all within... [Lire la suite]
02 septembre 2017

A fine and rare doucai conical 'Dragon' bowl, Yongzheng seal mark and period (1723-1735)

Lot 18. A fine and rare doucai conical 'Dragon' bowl, Yongzheng seal mark and period (1723-1735). Diameter 8 in., 20.4 cm. Estimate 200,000 — 300,000 USD. Unsold. Photo: Sotheby's finely potted, with wide flared sides rising from a short straight foot, brilliantly enameled to the exterior with two five-clawed dragons, one in yellow and the other in green, each in pursuit of a 'flaming pearl', leaping out from a band of turbulent crested waves, and amidst multi-colored cloud scrolls and flame scrolls,... [Lire la suite]

02 septembre 2017

A finely painted doucai 'Five Bats' dish, Yongzheng mark and period (1723-1735)

Lot 17. A finely painted doucai 'Five Bats' dish, Yongzheng mark and period (1723-1735). Diameter 6 1/8  in., 15.5 cm. Estimate 60,000 — 80,000 USD. Lot sold 75,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's finely potted, the rounded sides rising from a slightly tapered foot, decorated in the center with five iron-red bats fluttering around a gnarled peach tree, issuing from the side of a cliff above a green sea with crested waves breaking over jagged rocks, the exterior with four fruiting sprigs each... [Lire la suite]
02 septembre 2017

A finely enameled doucai 'medallion' conical bowl, Yongzheng mark and period (1723-1735)

Lot 16. A finely enameled doucai 'medallion' conical bowl, Yongzheng mark and period (1723-1735). Diameter 8 3/4  in., 22.6 cm.  Estimate 50,000 — 70,000 USD. Lot sold 287,500 USD. Photo: Sotheby's well potted, the flared sides rising from a short straight foot to a slightly everted rim, delicately enameled in soft pastel tones with four floral medallions to the exterior, each enclosing lotus, peony, prunus and chrysanthemum divided by stylized foliage scroll, the interior centered... [Lire la suite]
02 septembre 2017

A pair of underglaze-blue and yellow-glazed 'dragon' bowls, Daoguang six-character seal marks and of the period

Lot 751. A pair of underglaze-blue and yellow-glazed 'dragon' bowls, Daoguang six-character seal marks in underglaze blue and of the period (1821-1850), 4 1/8 in. (10.3 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000. Price realised USD 21,250.© Christie's Images Ltd 2017 Each bowl is decorated on the exterior with two five-clawed dragons striding amidst flames in pursuit of flaming pearls above a band of overlapping lotus petals rising from the foot, all highlighted in yellow glaze against the deep... [Lire la suite]
02 septembre 2017

A very rare famille rose ‘magpie’ bowl, Daoguang six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1821-1850)

Lot 750. A very rare famille rose ‘magpie’ bowl, Daoguang six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1821-1850), 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 35,000 - USD 50,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017  The bowl is decorated on the exterior with ten black and white magpies perched in pairs on branches beside flowering tree peony, with a further magpie on the ground and a twelfth magpie in flight.  Provenance: Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 15 May 1990, lot 251.S. Marchant & Son,... [Lire la suite]