04 octobre 2008

A pair of french ormolu-mounted fruitwood and black and polychrome-lacquered side cabinet. Each stamped "Jansen", early 20th c.

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A pair of french ormolu-mounted fruitwood and black and polychrome-lacquered side cabinet. Each stamped "Jansen", early 20th century

Of Louis XVI style, each with a bleu turquin marble top - 40 in. (102 cm.) high, 29 in. (74 cm.) wide, 10¼ in. (26 cm.) deep (2) - Estimate : $25,000 - $40,000

Christie's. European Furniture, Works of Art, and Tapestriesincluding Jansen: the past reimagined. 7 October 2008. New York, Rockefeller Plaza - www.christies.com


Jadeite carving

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Jadeite carving

The semi-translucent jadeite of deep emerald green colour, carved with two cranes perching on rocks, within a surround of evergreen pine trees representing longevity, further decorated with lotus flowers and leaves, and a carp in the flowing water waves symbolizing prosperity - carving 104.50 x 45.10 x 30.85mm - Estimate : 120,000—200,000 HKD

NOTE : Accompanied by a wooden stand

Sotheby's. Magnificent Jewels & Jadeite. 07 Oct 08. Hong Kong - www.sothebys.com

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French ormolu-mounted ebony, chinese coromandel lacquer and oyster-venered and faux-grained armoire, stamped twice Jansen

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French ormolu-mounted ebony, chinese coromandel lacquer and oyster-venered and faux-grained armoire, stamped twice Jansen and '5005', early 20th century, the Coromandel panels 18th/early 19th century

Of Louis XVI style, fitted with two doors inset with Chinese coromandel lacquer panels, flanked by fluted uprights, with a portor marble top, the locks also stamped '5005', on a later plinth - 72 in. (183 cm.) high, 67 in. (170 cm.) wide, 22 in. (56 cm.) deep - Estimate : 40,000 - $60,000 

Notes : The superb cabinet-work of this majestic armoire, with lustrous panels of Chinese coromandel lacquer framed by imposing fluted pilasters, indicates that it was probably made in the early years of the 20th Century, when Jansen's atelier closely followed the techniques of the ancien régime (see J. Abbott, Jansen Furniture, New York, 2007, pp. 235-6 for a discussion of case pieces by Jansen in this period).

Its spirited use of lacquer recalls the innovative combinations of exotic materials employed by the marchands merciers of 18th Century Paris, a particularly appropriate analogy as Maison Jansen undoubtedly saw itself as performing the role of a 20th Century marchand mercier.

The rigorous architectural form of the armoire recalls the sober à l'antique style of the 1760's known as the goût grec. Pieces featuring similar fluted pilasters were produced by innovative cabinet-makers such as Pierre Garnier and Philippe-Claude Montigny (see A. Pradère, Les Ebénistes Français de Louis XIV à la Révolution, Paris, 1989, p. 249, fig. 257, and p. 308, fig. 347).

Christie's. European Furniture, Works of Art, and Tapestriesincluding Jansen: the past reimagined. 7 October 2008. New York, Rockefeller Plaza - www.christies.com

Group of jadeite jewellry

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Group of jadeite jewellry

The necklace composed of sixty-two black jadeite beads intervened with twenty cross-shaped rondelles decorated with brilliant-cut diamonds, completed by a semi-translucent jadeite Buddha clasp of emerald green colour, encircled by brilliant-cut diamonds, length approximately 690mm; and pair of matching pendent earrings, each suspended a black jadeite bead, surmounted by a jadeite cabochon, princess- and brilliant-cut diamonds; the pendant carved a jadeite peach surmounted by two monkeys, the carving of celadon tone suffused with lavender and apple green colour with splashes of rich honey yellow, to a double-hoop surmount pavé-set with brilliant-cut yellow diamonds, accompanied by a brown cord, length approximately 440mm, mounted in 18 karat white and yellow gold. (3) - beads approximately 8.14 to 10.98mm; cabochons approximately 5.67 x 4.88 and 5.95 x 5.58mm; carving approximately 39.58 x 29.53 x 16.10mm - Estimate : 80,000—120,000 HKD

Sotheby's. Magnificent Jewels & Jadeite. 07 Oct 08. Hong Kong - www.sothebys.com

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Cui Guotai, "EVIDENCE OF A LOST ERA" @ ChinaSquare Gallery New York

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Cui Guotai, Dragon, 2008

ChinaSquare Gallery New York is pleased to present Cui Guotai's first U.S. Solo show, EVIDENCE OF A LOST ERA, curated by Robert C. Morgan. Evidence of a Lost Era will be on view October 1 - November 1, 2008, with an opening reception Thursday October 2nd, and will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by Robert C. Morgan. Cui Guotai's large-scale expressionist-style paintings express a remarkable irony, questioning and deconstructing China's planned economy. Cui Guotai depicts evidence of a lost era, a disappearance of an industrial age in China, built on disillusionment.

Cui Guotai reveals the signs of a partial history, a history of frantic production where goods and commodities were produced less with an intention of economic stability than as a strategy to maintain a salutary appearance to the world outside. Many of the recent paintings are done in black and white and therefore suggest a newsprint veneer, a concealment of reality reminiscent of Picasso's politically-charged painting of Guernica from the thirties. The bridges, tunnels, and smokestacks appear dreary and empty, without function, without hope of revival. They confront us with the emptiness of another time, another period of history, invariably tied to idealist hopes and aspirations, yet removed from China's present-day image of slick entrepreneurship.

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Cui Guotai, National Celebration, 2007

Cui Guotai was born in Shenyang Province in Northeast China in 1964. A graduate of the Northeast Normal University, Ginghua University and the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Cui currently lives and works in Beijing. His work has been shown extensively throughout China, was in the 2nd Beijing Biennial and a solo show at Beijing's National Art Museum of China. His work is currently on view in Half-Life of a Dream: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Logan Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Robert C. Morgan is an international critic, artist, curator, and lecturer in New York City, who is focused on the problems of the artist in an era of accelerating globalization. He is the recipient of the first Arcale award in Art Criticism and a Fulbright senior scholar. In addition to his many books and literally hundreds of essays (with translations in 17 languages), Professor Morgan has curated over 60 exhibitions, and is Consulting Editor to The Brooklyn Rail, Contributing Editor to Sculpture, and a New York Correspondent to Art Press (Paris).

A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies this exhibition. For more information please contact the gallery at info@chinasquareny.com.

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Cui Guotai, Liberation, 2008

Oct 1 - Nov 1, 2008. ChinaSquare Gallery, 545 W 25th Street, Chelsea Arts Tower, 8th fl., New York, New York 10001 USA - Tel: 212-255-8886 - Fax: 212-225-8848 - www.ChinaSquareNY.com



"In a New Light: The Asian Art Museum Collection" @ Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

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Seated Buddha, dated 338. China. Latter Zhao dynasty (319–350). Gilt bronze. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60B1034

More than 2500 extraordinary works from the museum’s collection are displayed in the museum’s permanent galleries. Artworks on view include monumental South Asian stone sculptures, luminous Chinese jades, vibrant Korean paintings, mystical Tibetan thangkas, serene Cambodian Buddhas, richly decorated Islamic manuscripts, and subtle Japanese ceramics.

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The Hindu deity Vishnu in the form of a boar, approx. 1000. India; probably northern Rajasthan state. Schist. The Avery Brundage Collection, B62S15+.

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Decorated box owned by Maharaja Ranjit Singh, approx. 1660–1700. India; Gujarat state. Wood inlaid with ivory and tortoiseshell. Gift of the Kapany Collection, 1998.61.

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Dish with flower and leaf designs, 1450–1500. Iran; probably city of Nishapur. Timurid period (approx. 1370–1505). Frit ware with underglaze slip decoration. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60P1799.

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The Hindu deities Shiva and Parvati, 1000–1100. Cambodia; former kingdom of Angkor. Metamorphosed volcanic rock. The Avery Brundage Collection, B66S2 and B66S3.

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Crowned and bejeweled Buddha image and throne, approx. 1850–1900. Burma (Myanmar). Lacquered and gilt wood and metal with mirror inlay. Gift from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Southeast Asian Art Collection, F2002.27.1-2.

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The Buddhist deity Simhavaktra Dakini. China; Beijing or vicinity, Hebei province. Qing dynasty, reign of the Qianlong emperor (1736–1795). Wood with lacquer and gilding, and inlaid with semiprecious stones. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60S600.

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The Buddhist deity White Tara, 1400–1500. Nepal. Gilt copper repoussé. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60S22+.

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The Buddha Shakyamuni as an ascetic, 1900–1950. China. Nephrite. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60J13.

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Ritual vessel (zun or gui) in the shape of a rhinoceros, probably late 1100s–1050 BCE. China; reportedly Shouchang, Shandong province. Shang dynasty, late phase (1300–1050 BCE). Bronze. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60B1+.

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Money tree. China. Eastern Han dynasty (25–220). Bronze and glazed pottery. Gift of the Connoisseurs’ Council, 1995.79.

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Jar with tiger and magpie, approx. 1800–1900. Korea. Joseon dynasty. Porcelain with underglaze cobalt decoration. Gift of Mr. NamKoong Ryun, 2001.9.

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Standing Buddha, approx. 700–800. Korea. Unified Silla dynasty. Gilt bronze. The Avery Brundage Collection, B65B64.

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Haniwa in the form of a warrior, approx. 500–600. Japan; excavated at Fujioka, Gunma Prefecture. Kofun period (250–600). Earthenware. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60S204.

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Fresh water jar for the tea ceremony, 1615–1700. Japan, Edo period. Iga ware (stoneware with ash glaze). Gift of the Asian Art Museum Foundation of San Francisco, B68P4.

"In a New Light: The Asian Art Museum Collection". San Francisco Asian Art Museum. 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102. Information: (415) 581-3500 or www.asianart.org.

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Huang Yan, Buddha

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Huang Yan (b. 1965), Buddha

signed in Chinese and dated 2004 - porcelain - 23 by 15 by 15cm.; 9 by 5 7/8 by 5 7/8 in. - Estimate : 30,000—40,000 HKD

PROVENANCE : Red Gate Gallery, Beijing

Sotheby's. Modern and Contemporary Asian Art Evening Sale. 04 Oct 08 07:30 PM. Hong Kong - www.sothebys.com

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A large Seljuk monochrome pottery Figurine of a horse and rider. Persia, early 13th Century

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A large Seljuk monochrome pottery Figurine of a horse and rider. Persia, early 13th Century

the horse depicted standing on a platform base depicting a rider on horseback, holding a quiver on one side - 26 cm. high - Estimate: £7,000 - 9,000

Footnote: Figural ceramic sculptures were particulary popular in Persia at this time. Many were made as functional vessels such as ewers, while others on a smaller scale with comical subject matter were probably children's toys. Larger figures such as the present lot were made as purely decorative objects. The most typical glazing is monochrome blue or turquoise, sometimes with underglaze painting or lustre. For a blue-glazed horseman with black underglaze painting, see M. Bahrami, Gurgan Faiences, pl. xxii and pp. 60-61. For another from the Ades Collection, made as a ewer, see R. Pinder-Wilson, Islamic Pottery 800-1400 AD, London 1969, no. 164. See also Oliver Watson, Ceramics from Islamic Lands, London 2004, p. 324, for a turquoise monochrome horse's head, presumably from a similar horseman group. For a discussion of ceramic animal figurines, see Ernst J. Grube, "Islamic Sculptures: Ceramic Figurines", Oriental Art, XII, 1966, pp. 165-75.

(Copyright © 2002-2008 Bonhams 1793 Ltd., Images and Text All Rights Reserved)

Bonhams. Islamic and Indian Art, 6 Oct 2008. New Bond Street - www.bonhams.com

Zhan Wang, Artificial Rock Series, No.90

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Zhan Wang, Artificial Rock Series, No.90

signed in Chinese, dated 2006 and numbered 2/4 - stainless steel - 36 by 80 by 40cm.; 14 1/8 by 31 1/2 by 15 3/4 in. - Estimate : 250,000—350,000 HKD

Sotheby's. Modern and Contemporary Asian Art Evening Sale. 04 Oct 08 07:30 PM. Hong Kong - www.sothebys.com

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A Seljuk monochrome moulded figural pottery Bowl. Persia, 12th Century

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A Seljuk monochrome moulded figural pottery Bowl. Persia, 12th Century

finely potted with lobed sides and slightly flaring rim on a short foot, the exterior moulded in low relief with a frieze of crowned human heads, the crowns with knot design and birds, decorated in a monochrome turquoise glaze - 14.5 cm. diam. - Estimate: £4,000 - 6,000

Footnote: Figures with similar features, high-cheekbones, flat nose, small mouth and strong chin, can be seen on painting, sculpture and ceramics of the Seljuk period. In the ceramic medium, a group of "bird bowls" show similar figures. For another identical bowl in the Nasser D. Khalili Collection, see Ernst Grube, Cobalt and Lustre. The first centuries of Islamic pottery, The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, Vol. IX, London, 1994, pp. 176-77, no. 172.

(Copyright © 2002-2008 Bonhams 1793 Ltd., Images and Text All Rights Reserved)

Bonhams. Islamic and Indian Art, 6 Oct 2008. New Bond Street - www.bonhams.com

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