18 janvier 2020

A reddish-brown sandstone stone relief, Early Northern Wei dynasty, 6th century

Lot 1255. A reddish-brown sandstone stone relief, Early Northern Wei dynasty, 6th century; 17 in. (43 cm.) high. Estimate USD 12,000 - USD 18,000. Price realised USD 18,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The front is carved in low relief with two rows of donors, the slender figures standing with their hands clasped within the sleeves of their long court robes, and separated by carved inscriptions which identify them. Below is a hunting scene of a lioness stalking her prey amidst trees, with... [Lire la suite]

18 janvier 2020

A grey stone Buddhist stele, Sui dynasty (581-618)

Lot 1254. A grey stone Buddhist stele, Sui dynasty (581-618); 17 in. (43 cm.) high. Estimate USD 12,000 - USD 18,000. Price realised USD 21,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The front is carved with a bodhisattva standing within an arched niche, with right hand raised, the left holding an elixir bottle, and wearing a crown and long bead necklace falling across the front of the dhoti. The figure is flanked by two acolytes standing beside posts on which perch two birds with backward-turned... [Lire la suite]
18 janvier 2020

A dated limestone free-standing figure of a bodhisattva, Northern Qi dynasty, inscribed 4th year of Tianbo (553)

Lot 1194. A dated limestone free-standing figure of a bodhisattva, Northern Qi dynasty, inscribed 4th year of Tianbo (553); 17¼ in. (43.8 cm.) high. Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000. Price realised USD 87,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The figure shown standing on a lotus plinth and holding a sacred object in each hand wears a long shawl draped over the shoulders and scarves gathered by a lobed disc below the folded-over top of the gracefully draped dhoti that falls to the tops of the bare... [Lire la suite]
18 janvier 2020

A rare gilt-lacquered bronze figure of Guanyin, Dali Kingdom, Yunnan, 10th-13th century

Lot 1191. A rare gilt-lacquered bronze figure of Guanyin, Dali Kingdom, Yunnan, 10th-13th century; 21 in. (53.3 cm.) high. Estimate USD 80,000 - USD 120,000. Price realised USD 171,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The bodhisattva, Avalokitesvara, who is shown standing on a waisted lotus base holding a willow branch over the right shoulder and a flask pendent in the left hand, wears beaded jewelry, a scarf draped around the torso, a dhoti folded over below the waist, and a circlet... [Lire la suite]
18 janvier 2020

A small gilt-bronze figure of the seated Maitreya Buddha, Northern Qi-Tang dynasty, 6th-early 7th century

Lot 1190. A small gilt-bronze figure of the seated Maitreya Buddha, Northern Qi-Tang dynasty, 6th-early 7th century; 5½ in. (14 cm.) high. Estimate USD 15,000 - USD 25,000. Price realised USD 75,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The Buddha of the Future is shown seated with both legs pendent, with the right hand raised in abhaya mudra and the left hand resting on the left knee. The face is well cast with a serene expression below a simple hair line and a rounded usnisa, wood stand. ... [Lire la suite]
18 janvier 2020

A dated gilt-bronze figure of a bodhisattva, Sui dynasty, inscribed Daye sixth year, corresponding to 610, and of the period

Lot 1189. A dated gilt-bronze figure of a bodhisattva, Sui dynasty, inscribed Daye sixth year, corresponding to 610, and of the period; 18 3/8 in. (46.7 cm.) high. Estimate USD 12,000 - USD 18,000. Price realised USD 147,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The seated figure is backed by a flame-carved mandorla carved with a foliate scroll aureole that frames the head, and wears a long diaphanous robe which cascades in crisp, overlapping folds over the front of the circular plinth... [Lire la suite]

18 janvier 2020

A dark grey limestone figure of Amitabha Buddha, inscribed Jinglong third year (709), and of the period

Lot 1150. A dark grey limestone figure of Amitabha Buddha, inscribed Jinglong third year (709), and of the period; 18 3/8 in. (46.7 cm.) high. Estimate USD 12,000 - USD 18,000. Price realised USD 147,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The seated figure is backed by a flame-carved mandorla carved with a foliate scroll aureole that frames the head, and wears a long diaphanous robe which cascades in crisp, overlapping folds over the front of the circular plinth that is raised on a columnar... [Lire la suite]
18 janvier 2020

Three small gilt-bronze figures of bodhisattvas, Sui-Northern Song dynasty, 6th-12th century

 Lot 1145. Three small gilt-bronze figures of bodhisattvas, Sui-Northern Song dynasty, 6th-12th century; 5, 5¼, 6½ and 3 5/8 in. (12.7, 13.3, 16.5 and 9.2 cm.) high. Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000. Price realised USD 40,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 One is a slender, graceful figure standing in a tribhangha pose on top of a lotus stem, with a bottle pendent from the right hand and a willow branch held in the left at the shoulder. The head is backed by a separate openwork... [Lire la suite]
17 janvier 2020

Christie's announces highlights included in its Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale

LONDON.- Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale will be followed by The Art of the Surreal Evening Sale, together launching ‘20th Century at Christie’s’ on 5 February 2020. Tamara de Lempicka’s Portrait de Marjorie Ferry (1932, estimate: £8,000,000-12,000,000) and Alberto Giacometti’s Trois hommes qui marchent (Grand plateau) (1948, estimate: £8,000,000-12,000,000) will both lead the Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale. Further highlights include George Grosz’s politically charged Gefährliche Straße... [Lire la suite]
17 janvier 2020

A rare gilt-bronze figural staff finial, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 1143. A rare gilt-bronze figural staff finial, Tang dynasty (618-907); 8 5/8 in. (22 cm.) long. Estimate USD 2,000 - USD 4,000. Price realised USD 13,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The fitting is heavily cast as a tubular shaft surmounted by the finely cast head of a foreigner with hooked nose, prominent cheekbones and hair shown in overlapping scalloped rows, probably representing curls. There are traces of gilding allover, wood stand. Provenance: Raymond A. Bidwell (1876-1954)... [Lire la suite]