18 mai 2019

A 'Longquan' celadon cong vase, Yuan-Early Ming dynasty

Lot 99. A 'Longquan' celadon cong vase, Yuan-Early Ming dynasty; 26 cm, 10 1/8  in. Estimate 30,000 - 50,000 GBP. Lot sold 35,000 GBP (45,224 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's. modelled after an archaic jade cong, each long edge of the square-sectioned body with eight raised horizontal bands within a raised rectangular frame, all supported on a short foot and surmounted by a gently tapered neck, covered overall save for the footring with a unctuous celadon glaze draining to pale bluish-white... [Lire la suite]

18 mai 2019

A well carved cinnabar lacquer lobed box and cover, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Lot 80. A well carved cinnabar lacquer lobed box and cover, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795); 32.3 cm, 12 3/4  in. Estimate 20,000 - 30,000 GBP. Lot sold 35,000 GBP (45,224 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's. of quatrefoil form, the cover finely carved with Magu and her acolytes preparing a celebration amidst an idyllic mountainous landscape detailed with an overhanging pine tree, pavilion and two recumbent deer, with further acolytes travelling across the... [Lire la suite]
18 mai 2019

A lime-green ground famille-rose 'Tea-poem' tray, Jiaqing seal mark and period

Lot 134. A lime-green ground famille-rose 'Tea-poem' tray, Jiaqing seal mark and period (1796-1820); 16 cm, 6 1/4  in. Estimate 20,000 - 30,000 GBP. Lot sold 35,000 GBP (45,224 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's. of oval lobed form supported on four ridge feet, the interior centred with a lobed panel enclosing an inscription in iron-red dated to Jiaqing dingsi year (corresponding to 1797) followed by two seal marks, all within composite floral scrolls and against a... [Lire la suite]
18 mai 2019

An incised 'Ding' jar and cover, Song dynasty (960-1279)

Lot 95. An incised 'Ding' jar and cover, Song dynasty (960-1279); 9 cm, 3 1/2  in. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 GBP. Lot sold 43,750 GBP (56,529 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's. the globular body rising from a short straight foot to an incurved mouth, freely incised around the exterior with an overlapping lotus lappet band below a double line at the rim, the domed cover incised with lotus leaves and surmounted by a stalk finial, all covered in an ivory-white glaze, the base incised... [Lire la suite]
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18 mai 2019

A carved and pierced bamboo brushpot, 17th-18th century

Lot 72. A carved and pierced bamboo brushpot, 17th-18th century; 13.3 cm, 5 1/4  in. Estimate 6,000 — 8,000 GBP. Lot sold 43,750 GBP (56,529 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's. of cylindrical form rising from three short feet, carved around the exterior in openwork with a continuous scene of a seated lady with her attendant and a boy below a towering gnarled pine tree, accompanied by two attendants and horses, incised signature of Sansong. Provenance: From the estate of the late Leslie Charlotte... [Lire la suite]
18 mai 2019

A sancai-glazed harnessed horse, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 103. A sancai-glazed harnessed horse, Tang dynasty (618-907). Length 53.5 cm, 21 in. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 GBP. Lot sold 52,500 GBP (67,835 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's. standing four square on a base, its harnessed head turned sideways, ears pricked, the long mane parted at the forelock and falling to one side, covered in a straw-coloured glaze and matching the docked and bound tail, the green-glazed saddle gathered at the sides, the saddlecloth splashed in green, chestnut and straw... [Lire la suite]

17 mai 2019

A cloisonné enamel 'lotus' tripod censer, Ming dynasty, 16th century

  Lot 119. A cloisonné enamel 'lotus' tripod censer, Ming dynasty, 16th century; 10 cm, 4 in. Estimate 8,000 — 12,000 GBP.  Lot sold 62,500 GBP (80,756 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's. the compressed bombé-form body rising from three short, tapered gilt legs and narrowing at the neck to the gilt rim set with two upright loop handles, decorated around the exterior with multi-coloured lotus and floral blooms surrounded by foliate scrolls, all reserved on a turquoise ground. ... [Lire la suite]
17 mai 2019

A Ru-type censer, Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795)

Lot 48. A Ru-type censer, Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795); 20 cm, 7 7/8  in. Estimate 40,000 - 60,000 GBP.  Lot sold 93,750 GBP (121,134 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's. of compressed circular form, resting on three short feet below a band of twelve bosses, the waisted neck rising to a flared mouth, the shoulder set with two lug-handles, and covered all over with an attractive crackled lavender-blue glaze stopping at the tip of the feet, the base inscribed with a six-character seal mark in underglaze... [Lire la suite]
17 mai 2019

Balenciaga and Spanish Painting at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

“A good fashion designer must be an architect for the patterns, a sculptor for the shape, a painter for the designs, a musician for the harmony and a philosopher for the fit.” (Cristóbal Balenciaga) MADRID - This summer, 2019, the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza will be presenting an exhibition that connects the work of Cristóbal Balenciaga, the most admired and influential fashion designer of all times, to the tradition of Spanish painting of the 16th to the 20th centuries. This is the first... [Lire la suite]
16 mai 2019

A rare carved cinnabar lacquer boat-shaped incense box,Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Lot 82. A rare carved cinnabar lacquer boat-shaped incense box, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795); 53.5 cm., 21 in. Estimate 40,000 — 60,000 GBP. Lot sold 225,000 GBP (290,723 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's.  carved in the form of a large elaborate boat, the curved bough carved on each side with four 'Buddhist Emblems', together comprising the bajixiang, admist lotus flowers and dense lotus scroll, the flat upper section mounted with two sections, one in the form of a room with... [Lire la suite]