09 septembre 2018

A large blue and white 'Auspicious characters' bowl, Wanli six-character mark and of the period (1573-1619)

Lot 1340. A large blue and white 'Auspicious characters' bowl, Wanli six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle and of the period (1573-1619); 12 in. (30.5 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018 The deep, rounded sides are decorated with large fu and shou characters formed by the twisted trunks of a pine tree, a prunus tree, a chrysanthemum stem and bamboo, all growing amidst tufts of grass and between double line borders.  ... [Lire la suite]

09 septembre 2018

A large blue and white 'Deer and Cranes' dish, Jiajing period (1522-1566)

Lot 1339. A large blue and white 'Deer and Cranes' dish, Jiajing period (1522-1566); 16 in. (40.5 cm) diam. Estimate USD 12,000 - USD 18,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018 The dish is heavily potted with rounded sides and is decorated on the interior with a central roundel of a pair of deer and a pair of cranes with a fence in the background, all below two fruiting peach trees alternating with two trees with spreading branches in the well. Two further fruiting peach branches extend around the exterior... [Lire la suite]
09 septembre 2018

A blue and white 'Daoist Immortals' jar, Jiajing period (1522-1566)

Lot 1338. A blue and white 'Daoist Immortals' jar, Jiajing period (1522-1566); 13 in. (33 cm.) high. Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018 The sides are decorated with a broad band of the Eight Daoist Immortals holding their attributes standing on froth-capped, rolling waves, the figures framed by clouds that partially obscure mountains in the distance, all between a petal-lappet border below and a diaper band surrounding four bird and flower cartouches on the shoulder. The waisted... [Lire la suite]
09 septembre 2018

A rare small blue and white dish, Ming dynasty, 15th-16th century

Lot 1337. A rare small blue and white dish, Ming dynasty, 15th-16th century; 5 in. (12.7 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 7,000 - USD 9,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018 The slightly concave center of the interior is decorated with an immortal wearing a tall hat and long, loose robes enveloped by vapor which is being emitted by a carp emerging from waves below. The shallow, rounded sides are decorated on the exterior with branches of peaches.  Note: Compare the blue and white bowl dated to the late... [Lire la suite]
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09 septembre 2018

A rare yellow-ground blue and white 'gardenia' dish, Zhengde six-character mark and of the period (1506-1521)

Lot 1336. A rare yellow-ground blue and white 'gardenia' dish, Zhengde six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle and of the period (1506-1521); 7 ¾ in. (19.7 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 100,000 - USD 150,000. Price realised USD 125,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018 The dish is well potted with low rounded sides rising to a slightly flaring rim, and is finely decorated in underglaze-blue with a central gardenia spray bearing two flowers, below the evenly spaced sprays of a beribboned lotus... [Lire la suite]
09 septembre 2018

A rare archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (you), late Shang dynasty (1600-1100 BC)

Lot 179. A rare archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (you), late Shang dynasty (1600-1100 BC). Height 13 1/8  in., 33.3 cm. Estimate: 80,000 — 120,000 USD. Lot sold 100,000 USD. © Sotheby's the elongated pear-shaped body raised on a tall hollow foot cast with a leiwen band, the neck of oval section, decorated with a pair of taotie masks on leiwen ground, each mask divided by a narrow flange in the center, the tall swing handle decorated... [Lire la suite]

09 septembre 2018

An archaic bronze bell (bo), Western Zhou dynasty (c. 1046 – 256 BC)

Lot 191. An archaic bronze bell (bo), Western Zhou dynasty (c. 1046 – 256 BC). Height 11 1/2  in., 29.3 cm. Estimate: 100,000 — 150,000 USD. Unsold. © Sotheby's of pointed oval section, each side cast with four principal registers, the broad lowest register cast in low relief with a taotie mask flanked by dragons, the creatures' bodies richly patterned in leiwen spirals, the upper three registers divided by a central vertical panel and each bearing six large... [Lire la suite]
09 septembre 2018

An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (zun), Shang dynasty, Yinxu period (1300-1046 BCE)

Lot 187. An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (zun), Shang dynasty, Yinxu period (1300-1046 BCE). Height 8 1/2  in., 21.6 cm. Estimate: 180,000 — 200,000 USD. Unsold. © Sotheby's cast with a tall spreading foot supporting a globular body surmounted by a trumpet neck, the sides of the belly cast with three dissolved taotie masks, their horns, jaws, and other features abstractly rendered in low-relief hooked curls and the hemispherical eyes emerging in high... [Lire la suite]
09 septembre 2018

An archaic bronze ritual vessel (ding), Late Shang–Early Western Zhou dynasty

Lot 188. An archaic bronze ritual vessel (ding), Late Shang–Early Western Zhou dynasty. Height 8 in., 20.4 cm. Estimate: 200,000 — 300,000 USD. Unsold. © Sotheby's the deep U-shaped body supported on three columnar legs, the flattened everted rim set with two small upright loop handles, a band of kuilong encircling the vessel beneath the rim, their bodies comprised of hooked lines and leiwen and shown in 'split representation' centered by the face in profile with a... [Lire la suite]
09 septembre 2018

An archaic bronze ritual vessel (zun), Shang dynasty, Yinxu period (1300-1046 BCE)

Lot 183. An archaic bronze ritual vessel (zun), Shang dynasty, Yinxu period (1300-1046 BCE); 13 5/8 in. high, 34.6 cm. Estimate: 650,000-850,000 USD. Lot sold 1,455,000 USD. © Sotheby's of cylindrical form, superbly cast with a subtly rounded midsection set above a spreading foot and surmounted by a trumpet neck, recessed horizontal bands separating each section and four vertical notched flanges dividing the foot and midsection into quadrants, the foot and midsection each cast in high relief with two pairs of... [Lire la suite]