14 septembre 2019

An important imperial quartz 'horse' seal, Qing dynasty, seal of Prince Gong

Lot 673. An important imperial quartz 'horse' seal, Qing dynasty, seal of Prince Gong. Height 5 1/4  in., 13.5 cm. Estimate 30,000 — 50,000 USD. Lot sold 200,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. of square form, surmounted by a horse modeled standing foursquare with its head turned to the left, the details finely incised, the seal face carved in zhuwen style, with a rectangular cartouche enclosing four characters reading Pinghan xuanqin (wise and diligent... [Lire la suite]

14 septembre 2019

An embellished zitan 'Squirrel and grapevine' circular box and cover, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Lot 830. An embellished zitan 'Squirrel and grapevine' circular box and cover, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795). Diameter 3 1/4  in., 8.3 cm. Estimate 30,000 — 50,000 USD. Lot sold 100,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the top of the cover adorned with four squirrels crouching in opposite directions and surrounded by a scrolling grape vine bearing clusters of fruit and leaves, the vine inlaid in silver wire, the animals, fruits, and leaves variously set with mother-of-pearl, shell,... [Lire la suite]
14 septembre 2019

An extremely rare and magnificent pair of gilt-bronze inset hongmu 'luohan' panels, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Lot 667. An extremely rare and magnificent pair of gilt-bronze inset hongmu 'luohan' panels, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795); 49  1/4  by 30  1/8  in., 125 by 76.5 cm. Estimate 250,000 — 350,000 USD. Lot sold 300,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. each rectangular panel deftly carved in varying depths of high relief with a vertical landscape composed of mountainous peaks, rocky outcrops and islets connected by bridges and dotted with pine, wutong and... [Lire la suite]
14 septembre 2019

A famille-verte 'Immortals' rouleau vase, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Lot 905. A famille-verte 'Immortals' rouleau vase, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722). Height 17  3/8  in., 44.1 cm. Estimate 25,000 — 35,000 USD. Lot sold 100,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the cylindrical body set over a low straight foot and rising to a constricted neck and galleried rim, the body painted in bright enamels and gilt with Liu Hai lunging and holding a three-legged toad emitting a stream of vapor from its mouth, beside him one of the Hehe Erxian dancing and... [Lire la suite]
14 septembre 2019

A rare famille-verte biscuit 'landscape' rouleau vase, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Lot 898. A rare famille-verte biscuit 'landscape' rouleau vase, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722). Height 16 1/2  in., 42 cm. Estimate 30,000 — 50,000 USD. Lot sold 212,500 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. well-painted and enameled in shades of green, blue and aubergine with a continuous scene of scholars in an idyllic mountainous landscape, some seated in their studios, one on horseback on a grassy bank, a pair conversing on a hill, the sky and water left in the biscuit, the shoulder with... [Lire la suite]
14 septembre 2019

An archaic bronze ritual food vessel (liding), Late Shang-Western Zhou dynasty

Lot 504. An archaic bronze ritual food vessel (liding), Late Shang-Western Zhou dynasty. Height 8 3/8  in., 21.2 cm Estimate 120,000 — 150,000 USD. Lot sold 150,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the deep bowl divided into three lobes resting on three tapering columnar supports, the everted rim set with a pair of plain loop handles, each lobe finely cast with a taotie mask with protruding eyes and horns, flanked by descending serpentine animals to the sides, all... [Lire la suite]

14 septembre 2019

An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (gu), Shang dynasty (c.1600-1046 BCE)

Lot 503. An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (gu), Shang dynasty (c.1600-1046 BCE). Height 12 7/8  in., 32.6 cm. Estimate 80,000 — 120,000 USD. Lot sold 100,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. of tall slender waisted form, the trumpet neck flaring to a wide mouth, finely cast with four tapering blades extending to the rim, each containing a disjointed taotie mask above a narrow band of confronted serpent motifs, the central section cast with two... [Lire la suite]
14 septembre 2019

A gilt-bronze figure of Ksitigarbha, Ming dynasty, 15th-167th century

Lot 304. A gilt-bronze figure of Ksitigarbha, Ming dynasty, 15th-167th century. Height 6 3/4  in., 17 cm. Estimate USD 50,000 — 70,000. Lot sold 68,750 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the seated bodhisattva finely cast in vajraparyankasana with the lowered proper left hand cradling a cinatamani pearl, the opposite hand in vitarka mudra, an elaborate diadem encircling a coiled topknot and crowning the broad, rounded face with gently arched brows framing... [Lire la suite]
14 septembre 2019

A large gilt-bronze figure of Ksitigarbha, Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century

Lot 310. A large gilt-bronze figure of Ksitigarbha, Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century. Height 17 3/4  in., 45 cm. Estimate USD 60,000 — 80,000. Lot sold 75,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. seated regally in vajraparyankasana, the bodhisattva of the underworld crowned with a diadem of five lobed and pierced cartouches housing the five Tathagata Buddhas, with luxuriant, wide sashes flanking the body, the chest inscribed with an outlined wan framed by the... [Lire la suite]
14 septembre 2019

Exhibition at the Hermitage Amsterdam presents brilliant pieces from the Winter Palace

AMSTERDAM.- From 14 September 2019 until 15 March 2020, tens of thousands of precious gems will sparkle at the Hermitage Amsterdam. From agate to zirconium, almost every type of precious stone will be on display. They were turned into the most exquisite jewels and accessories, worn by Russian high society. Together with an abundance of richly decorated ball gowns, imperial costumes and majestic portraits, the jewels tell the personal stories and give a fascinating impression of over two centuries of fashion and jewellery.... [Lire la suite]