09 avril 2014

A large pair of susancai figures of buddhist lions, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

A large pair of susancai figures of buddhist lions, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722). Height 24 in., 61 cm. Photo Sotheby's Provenance: Collection of Winston Guest (1906-1982).Sotheby’s New York, 2nd December 1967, lot 78.Christie’s London, 17th November 1986, lot 90. Property from the Fine Art Foundation.Offered Christie’s London, 7th April 1997, lot 95.A & J Speelman, London, 2000. Note: Not indigenous to the region, lion imagery and its association with royalty and as protectors of the divine... [Lire la suite]

09 avril 2014

A susancai figure of Guanyin, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

A susancai figure of Guanyin, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722). Height 10 in., 25.5 cm. Photo Sotheby's Provenance: Ralph M. Chait Galleries, New York. Note:By far one of the most popular deities in China, Guanyin is commonly assumed to have originated from the Indian Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. The word 'Guanshiyin’ translates roughly to ‘one who observes the sounds of the world’ which relates closely to the meaning of Avalokitesvara. The deity is associated with compassion and mercy; traits viewed... [Lire la suite]
09 avril 2014

A rare susancai openwork cylindrical perfumer, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

A rare susancai openwork cylindrical perfumer, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722). Length 7 3/4 in., 19.5 cm. Photo Sotheby's Provenance: A.J. Speelman, London, 1995.Sotheby’s Monaco, 4th March 1990, lot 338. Note: The continuous narrative depicts the departure scene from Xi Xiang Ji or 'The Romance of the Western Chamber'. The young hero/scholar Zhang Gong bids farewell to his beloved Cui Yingying as he heads off to the Tang dynasty capital, Chang'an to take the imperial examinations. ... [Lire la suite]
09 avril 2014

A gold and diamond ring, possibly Flemish, circa 1600-1650

A gold and diamond ring, possibly Flemish, circa 1600-1650. Photo: Bonhams. The central point-cut diamond within a quatrefoil cluster of table-cut diamonds, alternating with ribbed gold talon motifs, the bezel and shoulders with cross-hatched decoration, traces of black enamel remaining, one diamond deficient, ring size J. Estimate £4,000 - 6,000 (€4,900 - 7,300) Bonhams. FINE JEWELLERY. London, New Bond Street, 30 Apr 2014 - www.bonhams.com
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09 avril 2014

An 18th century Iberian gold and emerald pendant

An 18th century Iberian gold and emerald pendant. Photo: Bonhams. Designed to be the centrepiece of a choker, the double-loop bow surmount with openwork and engraved floral and foliate decoration, suspending a quatrefoil cross, connected by a highly stylised floral motif, the whole set throughout with table-cut emeralds in box-collet settings with additional scrolling and beadwork, foiled closed-back settings throughout, the reverse with further engraving, mounted in yellow gold, length 11.0cm. Estimate £6,000 - 8,000 (€7,300 -... [Lire la suite]
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09 avril 2014

A pair of gold, emerald and pearl earrings, signed Sah, circa 1935-40

A pair of gold, emerald and pearl earrings, signed Sah, circa 1935-40. Photo: Bonhams. Each fancy-shaped textured gold plaque set with two bouton pearls and a border of step-cut emeralds in box-collet settings, suspending a fringe of seed pearls, one signed Sah, pearls untested, later hook fittings, length 5.2cm. Estimate £3,000 - 5,000 (€3,600 - 6,100) The shaped plaques have been assessed by the London assay office and verbally confirmed to be of 22 carat yellow gold. These earrings belonged to the vendor's aunt, a Londoner and... [Lire la suite]
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09 avril 2014

An orange sapphire single-stone ring, first half of the 20th century

An orange sapphire single-stone ring, first half of the 20th century. Photo: Bonhams. The oval mixed-cut orange sapphire, within a four-claw setting, sapphire approximately 7.70 carats, ring size K. Estimate £6,000 - 8,000 (€7,300 - 9,700) Bonhams. FINE JEWELLERY. London, New Bond Street, 30 Apr 2014 - www.bonhams.com
09 avril 2014

A susancai openwork mountain-form brushrest, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

A susancai openwork mountain-form brushrest, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722). Length 6 3/4 in., 17.1 cm. Photo Sotheby's Provenance: Collection of George R. Davies, United Kingdom, (1843-1918).Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 26th October 1993, lot 131.S. Marchant & Son, London, 1993. Exhibited: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Colors of Earth, Kangxi Era Porcelain from the Stamen Collection, 2002, no. 15. Literature: Burlington Fine Arts Club Exhibition of Coloured Chinese Porcelain, London, 1896, no.... [Lire la suite]
09 avril 2014

A rare and large susancai rock garden, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

A rare and large susancai rock garden, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722). Height 18 in., 48 cm. Photo Sotheby's Provenance: The Chinese Porcelain Company, Ltd., New York, 2002. Exhibited: Chinese Export Porcelain including Figures from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gill, The Chinese Porcelain Company, New York, 2002, no. 25, p. 50. Note: The artificial mountain (jiashan) or rock garden is an integral element of Chinese classical gardens. The mountain peak was a symbol of virtue, stability, such... [Lire la suite]
09 avril 2014

An aubergine and turquoise-glazed lotus-form water dropper, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

An aubergine and turquoise-glazed lotus-form water dropper, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722). Length 4 7/8 in., 12.4 cm. Photo Sotheby's Provenance: Vermeer & Griggs Asian Art, Atlanta, 1999. Note: Naturalistically modeled objects have graced the scholar’s desk since at least the Song dynasty. Using natural forms as inspiration to bring the outdoors into the scholar’s realm as both muse and decoration provokes an interesting paradox. Man-made representations of nature, no matter how exquisite, are... [Lire la suite]