11 mai 2017

A white jade brushwasher, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Lot 114. A white jade brushwasher, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795); 13.4 cm, 5 3/8  in. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 GBP. Lot sold 52,500  GBP. Photo: Sotheby's. the shallow rounded sides rising from a slightly domed base with central button, finely carved in medium relief to the interior with branches of flowering begonia, the exterior with branches of flowering chrysanthemum, the stone of very pale celadon-white tone. Provenance: Purchased from John Sparks Ltd.,... [Lire la suite]

11 mai 2017

A gilt-bronze figure of a Sadaksari Avalokiteshvara, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Lot 174. A gilt-bronze figure of a Sadaksari Avalokiteshvara, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722), 24.5 cm, 9 5/8  in. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 GBP. Lot sold 60,000 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's.  the figure seated in dhyanasana on a double-lotus base, the principle hands in namaskaramudra, the secondary hands holding a flower and a bhodi bead, the serene face bearing a compassionate expression with eyes cast downwards, the hair neatly drawn up in... [Lire la suite]
11 mai 2017

A Ming-style blue and white 'peach' moonflask, Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795)

   Lot 215. A Ming-style blue and white 'peach' moonflask, Qianlong seal mark and period  (1736-1795), 24 cm, 9 3/8  in. Estimation 40,000 — 60,000 GBP. Lot sold 62,500 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's the flattened circular body rising from a short spreading foot to a tall cylindrical neck, flanked by a pair of ruyi handles, moulded to both sides with a peach-shaped panel in low relief and painted with bats flying around leafy branches with clusters of fruit, surrounded by scrolling... [Lire la suite]
11 mai 2017

A large cloisonné enamel moonflask, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Lot 168. A large cloisonné enamel moonflask, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795), 58 cm, 22 3/4  in. Estimate 15,000 — 20,000. Lot sold 77,500 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's.  the flattened circular body, rising from a short oval spreading foot to a cylindrical neck and gilt-bronze-mounted everted rim, applied to the shoulders and neck with two gilt-bronze phoenix-scroll handles, decorated to each side in bright enamels with a dense design of peony amongst leaves and rockwork on a turquoise... [Lire la suite]
11 mai 2017

Sotheby's London sales of Chinese art total £6.5 Million

Lot 138. A Magnificent and Extremely Rare Large Carved Cinnabar Lacquer Dish, Late Yuan-Early Ming Dynasty, 44.5cm. Est. £400,000-600,000 / HK$3,860,000-5,790,000. Sold for £1,568,750 / US$2,035,453 / HK$15,876,533. Photo: Sotheby's LONDON.- Sotheby’s May series of Chinese art sales in London concluded today having realised a combined total of £6,537,125 / US$8,481,920 / HK$66,158,976 – a sum in excess of the pre-sale estimate of £3.4-5 million. A selection of ceramics and works of art across the... [Lire la suite]
11 mai 2017

Desire, love, identity: British Museum explores LGBTQ histories

British and American badges from the 1970s onwards. Plastic, paper and metal. © 2017 Trustees of the British Museum. LONDON.- 2017 is the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Sexual Offences Act in July 1967. This legislation partially decriminalised homosexuality in England and Wales and marks an important milestone in the campaign for equality. The display Desire, love, identity: exploring LGBTQ histories marks this anniversary. There will also be an accompanying trail highlighting fourteen key objects in the... [Lire la suite]
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10 mai 2017

An opaque blue glass 'lotus' censer, Qianlong four-character incised mark within a double square and of the period (1736-1795)

Lot 29. An opaque blue glass 'lotus' censer, Qianlong four-character incised mark within a double square and of the period (1736-1795), 3 7/8 in. (10 cm.) wide across the handles. Estimate GBP 10,000 - GBP 15,000 (USD 12,950 - USD 19,425). Price realised GBP 11,250 (USD 14,558). © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 The bombé-form censer is decorated with two everted loop handles to the rim. The body is finely carved with three layers of overlapping lotus petals. Note: Compare this lot with a slightly smaller example... [Lire la suite]
10 mai 2017

A large cloisonné-enamel vase, 18th century

Lot 23. A large cloisonné-enamel vase, 18th century, 18 ¼ in. (46.5 cm.) high. Estimate GBP 20,000 - GBP 30,000 (USD 25,900 - USD 38,850). Price realised GBP 25,000 (USD 32,350). © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 The vase is decorated with large lotus blooms amongst interlaced scrolling stems and leaves, all below a ruyi-head border at the rim. The finely worked gilt metal cloisons are filled with vivid enamels, all reserved on a turquoise ground. Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics And Works of... [Lire la suite]
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10 mai 2017

A gilt-bronze cloisonné enamel cong-form vase, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Lot 22. A gilt-bronze cloisonné enamel cong-form vase, Kangxi period (1662-1722), 12 5/8 in. (32 cm.) high. Estimate GBP 15,000 - GBP 20,000 (USD 19,425 - USD 25,900). Price realised GBP 18,750 (USD 24,262). © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 The vase is modelled after an archaic form, each face of the long rectangular body is decorated with three lotus with scrolling foliage on a turquoise ground, divided by squared flanges with further evenly spaced flanges embellishing the faces. The flared rim... [Lire la suite]
10 mai 2017

A gilt-bronze figure of Buddha, Longqing period, dated by inscription to 1571

Lot 19. A gilt-bronze figure of Buddha, Longqing period, dated by inscription to 1571, 14 7/8 in. (38 cm.) high. Estimate GBP 15,000 - GBP 20,000 (USD 19,425 - USD 25,900). Price realised GBP 18,750 (USD 24,262). © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 The figure is cast with a serene face and pendulous earlobes below blue painted hair cast in tight curls. His right hand is raised in vitarkamudraand his left hand is held in his lap. He is seated in dhyanasana upon a lotus base. The reverse of the base is... [Lire la suite]