27 novembre 2008

Exceptionally and Extremely Rare Fancy Red diamond ring

a

b

Exceptionally and Extremely Rare Fancy Red diamond ring

Claw-set with a modified rectangular-cut fancy red diamond weighing 1.92 carats, flanked by half moon-shaped diamonds, the shank partially set with brilliant-cut stones, mounted in platinum, size 52. Estimate 2,800,000—3,350,000 CHF - Unsold.

Accompanied by a duplicate of GIA report no. 11360842 stating that the diamond is Fancy Red, Natural Colour, VS2 Clarity.

NOTE: Rarest of them all.........

It began millions of years ago and hundreds of miles beneath the earths crust. Vast amounts of carbon, were transformed by a combination of intensely high heat and phenomenal pressure into one of the most sought after and highly coveted substances on Earth: diamonds.

It is widely recognized that the rarest colored diamonds in the world are red. Fancy red diamonds, without any secondary colours, such as purplish, are an extremely rare phenomenon. These stones rarely become available and when they do they are highly prized by collectors and traders alike. This supremely rare color is believed to be the result of unique features within the diamonds crystal lattice interspersed with small amounts of nitrogen. Not only are pure reds rare but they rarely exceed 1 carat in weight. Therefore this stone, weighing 1.92 carats, is both exceptional in size and colour.

Information regarding their production is scarce but South Africa, India, Borneo, Brazil, Venezuela and Australia are the most commonly mentioned worldwide sources.
One of the earliest recorded red diamonds was the Halphen-Streeter stone, weighing in the region of one carat, which was traded between Paris and London in the Late Nineteenth Century; its present location is unknown. Nowadays, only a few specimens are known to exist around the world, their prices are constantly breaking any new registered record level. So rare are these elite diamonds that only a very small group of specialised dealers ever have had the chance to lay their eyes on them. So coveted is their possession, that the very appearance of one of them on the market is an extraordinary event in itself.

Sotheby's. Magnificent Jewels. 19 Nov 08. Geneva. Photo courtesy Sotheby's. www.sothebys.com

Posté par Alain Truong à 23:01 - - Commentaires [0] - Permalien [#]
Tags : ,


Important Diamond necklace/brooch combination, Sterlé, 1958

7

Important Diamond necklace/brooch combination, Sterlé, 1958

Designed as a graduated line of baguette diamonds set at alternates with circular- and brilliant-cut stones, suspending an articulated fringe of similar diamonds, the four main fringes detach to be worn on the brooch fitting as illustrated on the sketch. Necklace unsigned, French assay and maker's marks, brooch fitting signed Sterlé Paris and numbered, French assay and maker's marks, case. Length approximately 415mm, Estimate 1,120,000—2,220,000 CHF - Unsold.

Three principal diamonds accompanied by GIA reports stating that the diamonds weighing from 2.59 to 3.05 carats, range from E to F Colour, VS1 Clarity.

LITERATURE AND REFERENCES: Cf: Viviane Jutheau, Sterlé, Éditions Vecteurs, Paris, 1990, page 22 where this very necklace is mentioned.

NOTE: The present necklace is one of Sterlé's most famous creations - a special commission, by a European financial magnate as a gift to his daughter. At the time, Pierre Sterlé promoted it as the most rare colourless diamond necklace in the world, requiring over six months to source these fine gemstones between Antwerp, Amsterdam, Tel-Aviv and London.

Sotheby's. Magnificent Jewels. 19 Nov 08. Geneva. Photo courtesy Sotheby's. www.sothebys.com 

Posté par Alain Truong à 22:53 - - Commentaires [0] - Permalien [#]
Tags : , ,

Vase de forme balustre à panse arrondie, en porcelaine à émaux flammés. Chine, époque Yongzheng (1722-1735)

6

Vase de forme balustre à panse arrondie, en porcelaine à émaux flammés. Chine, époque Yongzheng (1722-1735)

dont la dominante aubergine est légèrement nuancée de rouge sur un fond céladon à peine apparent. L'intérieur est émaillé bleu lavande. La panse est divisée en trois niveaux par de fines lignes horizontales en léger relief, et rehaussée de deux motifs d'anses en relief en forme de têtes de chimères crachant des anneaux. Marque Yongzheng en quatre caractères zhuanshu (sigillaire) incisée sur le talon. Haut : 26 cm - Estimation : € 25,000-30,000

Tajan. Arts d'Asie. 17 décembre 2008. Espace Tajan. www.tajan.com

Repose-pinceaux en biscuit émaillé aubergine et turquoise, Chine, époque Kangxi (1662-1722)

5

Repose-pinceaux en biscuit émaillé aubergine et turquoise, Chine, époque Kangxi (1662-1722)

évoquant, par sa forme, les cinq pics sacrés. On y voit un sage debout auprès d'un pin de longévité, au pied d'une montagne d'où descend une cascade, symbole de la fuite de temps. Un pont franchit la cascade et se poursuit en un chemin qui passe sous un pin. Haut. 9 cm ; Larg. 13 cm - Estimation : € 1,200-1,500

Tajan. Arts d'Asie. 17 décembre 2008. Espace Tajan. www.tajan.com

Bel ensemble décoratif composé de deux sujets en terre cuite émaillée, Chine, période Ming, XVIe siècle

4

Bel ensemble décoratif composé de deux sujets en terre cuite émaillée, Chine, période Ming, XVIe siècle

représentant un musicien et un danseur, debout sur des pics rocheux stylisés. Les personnages sont vernissés vert et jaune, tandis que les rochers sont revêtus d'une glaçure turquoise et crème. (Sautes d'émail, égrenures, restaurations d'usage). Haut. 55 cm - Estimation : € 4,000-4,200

Tajan. Arts d'Asie. 17 décembre 2008. Espace Tajan. www.tajan.com



Diamond necklace

3

Diamond necklace

Set at the front with pear-, marquise-shaped and brilliant-cut diamonds, the back designed as stylised foliate clusters of pear-shaped and brilliant-cut stones, mounted in platinum, Length approximately 420mm, separates into four sections, two bracelets measuring approximately 175mm each. Estimate 250,000—310,000 CHF - Unsold.

Sotheby's. Magnificent Jewels. 19 Nov 08. Geneva. Photo courtesy Sotheby's. www.sothebys.com

Posté par Alain Truong à 22:22 - - Commentaires [0] - Permalien [#]
Tags :

17.84 carats sapphire and diamond ring, Oscar Heyman & Brothers

2

17.84 carats sapphire and diamond ring, Oscar Heyman & Brothers

Claw-set with a cushion-shaped sapphire weighing 17.84 carats, within a line of pear-shaped diamonds, further decorated with brilliant-cut stones, mounted in yellow gold and platinum, numbered. size 49, with ring sizer. Estimate 100,000—165,000 CHF - Unsold.

Accompanied by AGTA report no. 91001911 stating that the sapphire is of Burmese origin, with no indications of heating.

Accompanied by Certificate of Authenticity from Oscar Heyman & Brothers

Sotheby's. Magnificent Jewels. 19 Nov 08. Geneva. Photo courtesy Sotheby's. www.sothebys.com

Pink sapphire and diamond ring, Oscar Heyman & Brothers

1

Pink sapphire and diamond ring, Oscar Heyman & Brothers

Set at the centre with a cushion-shaped pink sapphire between shield-shaped diamonds, within a border of square-, calibré-cut and baguette diamonds, further decorated with similarly cut pink sapphires, the shoulders set with tapered baguette and baguette diamonds, mounted in platinum, numbered, original drawing not included in the sale of this lot. size 49, ring sizer, Estimate 130,000—180,000 CHF - Lot Sold 290,500 CHF

Sotheby's. Magnificent Jewels. 19 Nov 08. Geneva. Photo courtesy Sotheby's. www.sothebys.com

Ling Jian, "Red Seed" @ DF2 Gallery

1

Ling Jian, Grew Up Under the sunshine - Fang Fang, 2008

2

Ling Jian, Hero No. 5, 2008

3

Ling Jian, Mini book, 2008

Ling Jian’s art is a carefully negotiated hybridization calibrated to his expressive concerns. Having lived and worked between China and Europe for 20 years, Ling’s struggle deals with the fact that “home” is no longer a refuge, but has become part of the stage. Ling’s paintings bear many of the earmarks, stylistic and expressive, with which we have come to associate in Western figurative art. Given its pop-art antecedents and its sensitivity to current social conditions, Ling’s art finds continuity between the two cultural poles and locates itself in between.

The sharp and theatrical, yet casually presented violence that pervades Ling’s paintings of women is made possible by the acceptability of such presentation in current Western art; it is made necessary by the lingering Chinese resistance to such imagery, a resistance rendered almost hypocritical in a burgeoning Westernized social milieu. In Ling’s knowing recontextualization, the violence is part of his immersive conjuration of sexuality and provocation of desire. With their swollen heads, elongated necks and limbs, odd gestures, and tendency to weep bodily fluids other than tears, his subjects are mannerist caricatures, surrealized parodies. They amplify secondary sexual characteristics according to contemporary tastes; but more often deliberately overshoot those tastes, resulting in frightening enactments of the appearance disorders that plague young women today.

Ling’s paintings for the exhibition Red Seed will be on display from November 22, 2008 through January 17, 2009. Send Email - www.df2gallery.com

4

Ling Jian, Propaganda Party, 2008

5

Ling Jian, Red Pupa, 2008

6

Ling Jian, Revolution Madonna No. 2, 2008 

Posté par Alain Truong à 18:39 - - Commentaires [0] - Permalien [#]
Tags :



« Début   4065  4066  4067  4068  4069  4070  4071  4072  4073  4074    Fin »