24 mars 2019

Rare, private collection of Old Master paintings makes exclusive appearance in Florida

Jan Davidsz. de Heem (Dutch, 1606-1683/4), Still Life of flowers in a glass vase in a stone niche, Oil on oak panel, Grasset Collection. ST. PETERSBURG, FLA.- Dreamy landscapes and luscious still life paintings from one of the world’s greatest private collections join together in A Feast for the Eyes: European Masterpieces from the Grasset Collection, a stunning exhibition opening March 23 at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. The exhibition features 40 of the finest Old Master paintings by artists... [Lire la suite]

24 mars 2019

First-class diamonds lead Sotheby's Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Spring Sale

 The Spectacular 88.22-Carat Oval Brilliant Diamond. Courtesy Sotheby's. HONG KONG.- On 2 April, Sotheby’s Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Spring Sale 2019 will present a wealth of colour and design through rare gems and intricately crafted jewels. Headlined by the spectacular 88.22-Carat Oval Diamond, a rare and important D Colour, Flawless, Type IIa, oval brilliant diamond, perfect according to every critical criterion (Est. HK$88 - 100 million / US$11.2 - 12.7 million), the sale also features a... [Lire la suite]
23 mars 2019

A pair of famille-rose green-ground Tibetan-style vases, bumpa, Jiaqing seal marks and period (1796-1820)

Lot 544. A pair of famille-rose green-ground Tibetan-style vases, bumpa, Jiaqing seal marks and period (1796-1820). Height 8 in., 20.5 cm. Estimate 50,000 - 70,000 USD. Lot Sold 143,750 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's.  each with a spherical body supported on a tall splayed foot and surmounted by a conical fluted domed neck, the body exuberantly painted with the 'Eight Buddhist Emblems' interspersed with scrolling lotus blossoms against a bright lime-green ground,... [Lire la suite]
23 mars 2019

A famille-rose celadon-ground tripod censer, Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795)

Lot 542. A famille-rose celadon-ground tripod censer, Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795). Width across handles 10 3/8  in., 26.3 cm. Estimate 30,000 - 40,000 USD. Lot Sold 37,500 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the compressed globular body resting on three cabriole feet, rising to a straight neck and a thick lipped rim, the shoulders flanked by two upright handles sweeping outward and pierced with rectangular apertures, enameled allover with a stylized floral scroll interspersed... [Lire la suite]
23 mars 2019

A fine celadon-glazed and gilt 'Rope-twist' vase, Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795)

Lot 541. A fine celadon-glazed and gilt 'Rope-twist' vase, Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795). Height 7 in., 17.8 cm. Estimate 60,000 - 80,000 USD. Lot Sold 75,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the globular body rounding to a waisted neck and everted rim, the sides modeled in low-relief with a continuous band of intertwining diamond trellis pattern set with an upright loop handle to either side in imitation of basketwork, the pattern highlighted in gilt, the exterior... [Lire la suite]
23 mars 2019

An incised 'Wintergreen'-glazed 'Floral' bowl, Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795)

Lot 540. An incised 'Wintergreen'-glazed 'Floral' bowl, Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795). Diameter 5 7/8  in., 15.1 cm. Estimate: US$6,000 - US$8,000. Lot Sold 7,500 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the deep rounded sides rising from a short tapered foot to a slightly flared rim, finely incised to the exterior with formalized floral roundels borne on an undulating leafy foliate scroll, applied overall with a soft 'wintergreen' glaze draining to paler color at the rim,... [Lire la suite]

23 mars 2019

A small white-glazed anhua-decorated wine cup, Yongzheng mark and period (1723-1735)

Lot 537. A small white-glazed anhua-decorated wine cup, Yongzheng mark and period (1723-1735). Height 1 1/2  in., 3.8 cm. Estimate: US$20,000 - US$30,0000. Lot Sold 25,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the delicately potted U-shaped sides tapering toward the straight foot, finely incised around the body with two five-clawed dragons each in pursuit of a 'flaming pearl', their mouths open in a roar and their long whiskers and manes blowing outward amidst flame scrolls, the base with... [Lire la suite]
23 mars 2019

A blue-glazed bowl, Yongzheng mark and period (1723-1735)

Lot 536. A blue-glazed bowl, Yongzheng mark and period (1723-1735). Diameter 7 1/2  in., 19.1 cm. Estimate: US$15,000 - US$20,0000. Lot Sold 18,750 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. finely potted with the deep rounded sides rising from a straight foot to a slightly flared rim, applied to the exterior with an unctuous rich blue glaze speckled with a subtle 'orange peel' effect, the interior and base reserved white, the base inscribed with a six-character mark in underglaze blue within a... [Lire la suite]
23 mars 2019

An iron-red and underglaze-blue 'Dragon' dish, Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795)

Lot 532. An iron-red and underglaze-blue 'Dragon' dish, Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795). Diameter 6 7/8  in., 17.6 cm. Estimate: US$8,000 - US$12,0000. Lot Sold 13,750 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. finely potted with the shallow rounded sides raised on a short, tapered foot, the interior painted in iron-red enamel with a lively five-clawed dragon writhing against a ground of underglaze-blue crashing waves, the exterior similarly decorated with nine dragons striding above... [Lire la suite]
23 mars 2019

A pair of famille-rose 'Balsam Pear' bowls, Qianlong Seal Marks and Period (1736-1795)

Lot 526. A pair of famille-rose 'Balsam Pear' bowls, Qianlong Seal Marks and Period (1736-1795). Diameter 4 3/8  in., 11.1 cm. Estimate: 60,000 — 80,000 USD. Lot sold 106,250 USD. © Sothebys each delicately potted with the deep rounded sides rising from a short foot to a flared rim, the exterior finely enameled with leafy bamboo stalks and a butterfly fluttering over a branch of blossoming and fruiting kugua vines, the branch extending over the rim to the... [Lire la suite]