19 mars 2018

Wagner + Partner opens new gallery space with thematic exhibition

Erwin Olaf, Shanghai: Hangpu - The Journey (2017), archival print, 60,5 x 80,4 cm. Photo: Courtesy Wagner + Partner. BERLIN.- Wagner + Partner announced the opening of its new premises with the launch of the thematic exhibition, Die Dauer des Moments (The Moment’s Duration). As a crack in time, the “moment”, possesses unique qualities - it is exciting, unbearable, poetic, unpredictable … and? it can also be instantaneously brief. Since its inception, photography has harnessed not only light but also the... [Lire la suite]
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19 mars 2018

A fine famille-verte wine cup, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Lot 336. A fine famille-verte wine cup, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722). Diameter 3 1/8  in., 8 cm. Estimate 15,000 — 25,000 USD. Lot sold 30,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby’s. delicately potted, the conical sides rising from a short straight foot, the interior finely painted with cranes diving between clouds toward stylized waves in the well, the exterior with a traveler astride a donkey riding through an early spring landscape, an attendant following on foot, the base with an apocryphal... [Lire la suite]
19 mars 2018

A large famille-verte 'Empty City Stratageme' dish, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Lot 376. A large famille-verte 'Empty City Stratageme' dish, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722). Diameter 14 1/2  in., 36.8 cm. Estimate 15,000 — 25,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby’s. with shallow rounded sides and everted wide border, the center painted with a famous episode from Romance of the Three Kingdoms, the brilliant military strategist Zhuge Liang peacefully playing a qinabove the city gate as an attendant sweeps the open entry way in a welcoming gesture, the invading forces galloping... [Lire la suite]
19 mars 2018

A doucai 'Dragon' cup, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Lot 344. A doucai 'Dragon' cup, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722). Diameter 3 1/2  in., 3.7 cm. Estimate 15,000 — 25,000 USD. Lot sold 15,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby’s. the low rounded sides painted to the exterior with two five-clawed dragons striding amidst stylized clouds, each element outlined in soft underglaze-blue and filled in with a combination of pastel and vibrant enamels, all between an underglaze-blue double-line border above and single-line border below, the recessed base with... [Lire la suite]
19 mars 2018

A famille-verte 'Deer' bowl, Qing dynasty, late Kangxi-Yongzheng period

Lot 325. A famille-verte 'Deer' bowl, Qing dynasty, late Kangxi-Yongzheng period. Diameter 7 1/8  in., 18.1 cm. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby’s. the rounded sides rising from a straight foot to an everted rim, the exterior finely enameled with a stag and a doe recumbent alongside one another on a speckled green knoll, their bodies turned towards each other, the opposite side with five iron-red bats swooping through the air, the interior plain, the base with an underglaze blue... [Lire la suite]
19 mars 2018

An iron-red and gilt-decorated vase, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Lot 322. An iron-red and gilt-decorated vase, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722). Height 17 1/2  in., 44.3 cm. Estimate 25,000 — 35,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby’s. the slender baluster body surmounted by a tall waisted neck with a knopped section and widely flaring at the rim, the neck richly ornamented with fine-lined plantain leaves crowning a series gilt-floral registers divided by keyfret bands, the shoulder wrapped in a broad collar of alternating pendent lappets... [Lire la suite]

19 mars 2018

Sotheby's unveils one of the greatest Rubens portraits to come to market

Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), Portrait of a Venetian Nobleman. Estimate: £3 million. Courtesy Sotheby’s. LONDON.- A rare portrait by Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), one of the all-time greats of Western Art will spearhead Sotheby’s Old Masters sale in London on 4 July 2018. Unseen on the market for 60 years, this remarkable depiction of a Venetian Nobleman was almost certainly cherished by the artist who kept it until his death in 1640. Acquired by the great Dutch collector Hans Wetzlar in the early 1950s, it... [Lire la suite]
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19 mars 2018

Important Japanese prints from the collection of Henry Steiner on view in New York

NEW YORK, NY.- Sixty-two Japanese prints and one color woodblock album spanning nearly 150 years—from ca. 1710 to 1857—will go on view this March in an exhibition at Sebastian Izzard Asian Art in New York City. The works range from beauty prints by Kitagawa Utamaro, and actor prints by Tōshūsai Sharaku to Katsushika Hokusai’s iconic Great Wave. They were collected by Henry Steiner, the distinguished Hong Kong-based graphic designer, whose many corporate clients have included HSBC, for which he designed the iconic red and white... [Lire la suite]
19 mars 2018

Le soleil et la lune.

On aimait bien embarrasser Nasr Eddin avec des questions oiseuses, ou carrément impossibles à trancher. Un jour, on lui demande : - Nasr Eddin, toi qui est versé dans les sciences et les mystères, dis-nous quel est le plus utile, du soleil ou de la lune. - La lune, sans aucun doute. Elle éclaire quand il fait nuit alors que ce stupide soleil luit quand il fait jour. Extrait de "Sublimes paroles et idioties de Nasr Eddin Hodja. Tout Nasr Eddin, ou presque". Paroles recueillies et présentées par Jean-Louis Maunoury. Éditions... [Lire la suite]
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18 mars 2018

Lot 131. A carved 'Yue' cosmetic box and cover, Northern Song dynasty (960-1127); diameter 4 5/8 in., 11.7 cm. Estimate 8,000 — 12,000 USD. Lot Sold 16,250 USD. photo Sotheby's 2011 of shallow circular form, skillfully carved on the top with two peonies in full bloom, the petals lightly incised with combed lines, encircled by short incised sprigs along the edge of the cover, applied overall with a pale olive-green glaze (2).  Provenance: J. J. Lally & Co., New York,... [Lire la suite]