07 octobre 2019

To be unveiled at Sotheby's: One of the greatest collections of Orientalist paintings ever assembled

LONDON.- Precious records of the history of the Islamic world, Orientalist paintings provide a unique window into a realm that has forever changed, capturing in technicolour detail every aspect of life in the region.This autumn, visitors to Sotheby’s London galleries will experience every facet of daily life in the Arab, Ottoman, and Islamic worlds through the paintings of the renowned Najd Collection. Recorded in a publication that today stands as one of the leading resources for Orientalist art, the Najd Collection... [Lire la suite]

06 octobre 2019

Christie's announces Classic Week in New York, bringing together nine auctions

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s announces Classic Week in New York, bringing together nine auctions featuring 19th-century European Art, Old Master paintings and sculpture, Antiquities, The Exceptional Sale, and Books and Manuscripts, which is joining the marquee sales week for the first time. Three distinguished private collections will be offered in dedicated sales: The Collection of Dr. Anton Pestalozzi of important Greek and Roman portraiture; The Collection of Lewis and Ali Sanders of superb French furniture and clocks; and a... [Lire la suite]
05 octobre 2019

A fine and superbly enamelled pair of doucai 'floral' bowls, marks and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735)

Lot 3103. A fine and superbly enamelled pair of doucai 'floral' bowls, marks and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735). Height 16 in., 40.6 cm. Estimate 2,500,000 — 3,000,000 HKD (319,375 - 383,250 USD. Lot sold 4,975,000 HKD (633,467 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's. each potted with deep rounded sides resting on a short straight foot, the exterior exquisitely decorated with a dense design of a composite floral scroll bearing six large flower heads, the meandering scroll further... [Lire la suite]
05 octobre 2019

A grisaille-enameled faux-marble bottle vase, Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795)

Lot 934. A grisaille-enameled faux-marble bottle vase, Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795). Height 16 in., 40.6 cm. Estimate 8,000 — 12,000 USD. Lot sold 8,125 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the ovoid body rising from a splayed foot to a long slender neck, with three roundels reserved on a ground of swirling grisaille, sepia, and shades of iron red simulating marble, the circular scenes finely painted with familial gatherings, the borders, rim, and foot all highlighted... [Lire la suite]
05 octobre 2019

A black-ground famille verte 'floral' bottle vase, Qing dynasty, Yongzheng period (1723-1735)

Lot 933. A black-ground famille verte  'floral' bottle vase, Qing dynasty, Yongzheng period (1723-1735). Height 8 1/8  in., 20.6 cm. Estimate 6,000 — 8,000 USD. Lot sold 13,750 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the pear-shaped body resting on a slightly tapering foot and rising to a slender columnar neck with a flaring rim, the exterior enameled with stylized blue and red flowerheads on a meandering vine issuing fringed iron-red leaves, against a ground of further leafy scrolls, all... [Lire la suite]
05 octobre 2019

A pair of famille-rose 'Immortals' vases, Qing dynasty, Yongzheng period (1723-1735)

Lot 931. A pair of famille-rose 'Immortals' vases, Qing dynasty, Yongzheng period (1723-1735). Height 14 1/8  in., 36.4 cm. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 USD. Lot sold 25,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. each with broad swelling shoulders resting on a spreading foot and tapering into a cylindrical neck, vibrantly enameled with three immortals on a mountain peak overlooking a sea of waves, a double-roof temple rising from across the waters, the scene imbued with motifs of... [Lire la suite]

05 octobre 2019

A famille-rose 'figural' brushpot, Qing dynasty, Yongzheng period (1723-1735)

Lot 930. A famille-rose 'figural' brushpot, Qing dynasty, Yongzheng period (1723-1735). Height 5 5/8  in., 14.2 cm. Estimate 10,000 — 15,000 USD. Lot sold 16,250 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. of cylindrical form, the exterior vibrantly enameled with a continuous scene depicting a bearded crimson-robed dignitary on horseback accompanied by a blue-robed officer mounted on a yellow horse, followed by a young assistant on foot, all amid a garden setting of flowers and foliage.  ... [Lire la suite]
05 octobre 2019

'Tiepolo. the best painter in Venice' at Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Saint James the Elder, detail, 1749-50, Budapest, Szépművészeti Múzeum, © Budapest Szépművészeti Múzeum - Museum of Fine Arts Budapest 2019 Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696-1770) was celebrated by his contemporaries as »the best painter in Venice«. Born in Venice, he rose to become one of the most important artists of the 18th century, who was as sought after in Italy as in Würzburg and Madrid. On the occasion of the 250th anniversary of his death, the Staatsgalerie is... [Lire la suite]
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04 octobre 2019

A blue and white stemcup with 'lança' characters, Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795)

Lot 926. A blue and white stemcup with 'lança' characters, Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795). Height 3 3/4  in., 9.5 cm. Estimate 5,000 — 7,000 USD. Lot sold 11,875 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. supported by a splayed stem foot, the cup with steep sides rising from a flat base to a flared mouth rim, the exterior painted in bright cobalt tones with eight lança characters surrounded by an undulating stem of lotus issuing large flowerheads and curled acanthus leaves, the... [Lire la suite]
04 octobre 2019

An underglaze-blue and copper-red 'dragon' bottle vase, Qing dynasty, 18th century

Lot 659. An underglaze-blue and copper-red 'dragon' bottle vase, Qing dynasty, 18th century. Height 9 1/2  in., 24 cm. Estimate 10,000 — 15,000 USD. Lot sold 25,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the swelling pear-shaped body supported on a straight foot and rising to a slender cylindrical neck, painted with a powerful scaly copper-red dragon pursuing a large 'flaming pearl' amidst an inky haze of underglaze-blue clouds and mist, the face and claws finely detailed, the... [Lire la suite]