21 septembre 2019

A fine and rare blue and white 'Three Friends of Winter' jar, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368)

Lot 606. A fine and rare blue and white  'Three Friends of Winter' jar, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368); 6 3/4 in. (17.2 cm.) high. Estimate HKD 250,000 - HKD 300,000. Price realised HKD 501,900. © Christie's Image Ltd 2002 The jar is well painted with a central frieze depicting the 'Three Friends of Winter', prunus, bamboo and pine, between a lappet band above the foot and a chrysanthemum scroll around the shoulder, all covered in a blue-tinged glaze. Note: This small jar is decorated with a... [Lire la suite]

21 septembre 2019

A rare blue and white 'Heavenly Horse' jar, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368)

Lot 3006. A rare blue and white 'Heavenly Horse' jar, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368); 37.9 cm, 14 7/8  in. Estimate 2,200,000 — 2,800,000 HKD (280,478 - 356,972 USD). Unsold. Courtesy Sotheby's. robustly potted with a baluster body sweeping up to a broad shoulder surmounted by a constricted neck and galleried rim, the body divided into two main registers, the upper register decorated in rich cobalt-blue tones with six large pendent ruyi motifs, each enclosing a... [Lire la suite]
21 septembre 2019

A rare and superb blue and white bowl, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368)

Lot 3005. A rare and superb blue and white bowl, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368); 29.5 cm, 11 1/2  in. Estimate 3,000,000 — 4,000,000 HKD (382,470 - 509,960 USD). Lot Sold 9,055,000 HKD (1,152,973 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's. well potted with deep rounded sides supported on a splayed foot and rising to a flaring rim, the exterior boldly painted with a broad band of scrolling lotus above upright petal lappets, similarly decorated to the interior with a central medallion enclosing a... [Lire la suite]
21 septembre 2019

A highly important blue and white large 'fish' dish, Yuan dynasty, 14th century

Lot 607. A highly important blue and white large 'fish' dish, Yuan dynasty, 14th century; 19 in. (48.2 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 6,000,000 - HKD 8,000,000. Price realised HKD 9,974,100. © Christie's Image Ltd 2002 Finely painted in the central medallion with a single carp swimming amid waterweeds and aquatic plants, the deep well with low relief moulded peony flowers depicted full-face and in profile issuing from leafy branches with superbly detailed veins and petals, reserved on a blue-painted... [Lire la suite]
21 septembre 2019

The Cleveland Museum of Art features more than 50 drawings by Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo

Seated male nude, separate study of his right arm (recto) (detail), 1511. Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564). Red chalk, heightened with white; 27.9 x 21.4 cm. Teylers Museum, Haarlem, purchased in 1790. © Teylers Museum, Haarlem. CLEVELAND, OH.- The Cleveland Museum of Art displays a selection of some of the finest and most celebrated drawings by Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475–1564) in the extraordinary exhibition, Michelangelo: Mind of the Master. Organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art and the J. Paul... [Lire la suite]
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21 septembre 2019

Vincent van Gogh's inner circle explored in new exhibition in the artist's homeland

Vincent van Gogh, Self Portrait, Paris, Summer 1887, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation).  DEN BOSCH.- With the exhibition of Van Gogh’s Inner Circle. Friends, Family, Models Het Noordbrabants Museum counters the persistent notion that Van Gogh (1853-1890) was a lonely, tormented soul who received little credit, respect or recognition for his work in his own age. In actual fact, this is beyond the facts. Vincent van Gogh was by no means an easy person and his abruptness, almost obsessive... [Lire la suite]
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20 septembre 2019

A rare Cizhou sgraffiato 'peony' vase, Northern Song dynasty (960-1127)

Lot 3004. A rare Cizhou sgraffiato 'peony' vase, Northern Song dynasty (960-1127); 21.7 cm, 8 1/2  in. Estimate 450,000 — 550,000 HKD (57,371 - 70,120 USD). Lot Sold 562,500 HKD (71,623 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's.  the baluster body elegantly rising from a splayed foot to a tall trumpet neck with a rolled lip, freely carved through the layer of brown slip to the ivory white layer beneath with large peony blooms borne on lush broad leaves, all above a... [Lire la suite]
20 septembre 2019

An extremely rare Dingyao 'boy' pillow , Northern Song – Jin dynasty

Lot 3003. An extremely rare Dingyao 'boy' pillow , Northern Song – Jin dynasty (960-1234); 19.2 cm, 7 1/2  in. Estimate 3,000,000 — 4,000,000 HKD (382,470 - 509,960 USD). Lot Sold 3,750,000 HKD (477,488 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's. well modelled as a cherubic boy reclining on his left and resting his head on a pillow, all supported on a rectangular plinth bordered with a cusped apron below cartouches of scrollwork, the figure depicted clad in voluminous robes and nestling a... [Lire la suite]
20 septembre 2019

A fine and rare Dingyao vase, incised guan mark, Northern Song – Liao dynasty (960-1125)

    Lot 3002. A fine and rare Dingyao vase, incised guan mark, Northern Song – Liao dynasty (960-1125); 37.5 cm, 14 3/4  in. Estimate 2,000,000 — 3,000,000 HKD (254,980 - 382,470 USD). Lot Sold 2,500,000 HKD (318,325 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's. superbly potted, the ovoid body of generous proportion, rising to rounded shoulders encircled by one raised and three carved fillets, sweeping up to a tall waisted neck surmounted by a wide galleried mouth,... [Lire la suite]
20 septembre 2019

A Cizhou incised 'Bird' pillow, Northern Song – Jin dynasty (960-1234)

Lot 3001. A Cizhou incised 'Bird' pillow, Northern Song – Jin dynasty (960-1234); 26.6 cm, 10 1/2  in. Estimate 450,000 — 550,000 HKD (57,371 - 70,120 USD). Lot Sold 687,500 HKD (87,539 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's. of bean shape with four subtle notches along its outer edge, the slightly concave top incised through the white slip with a lobed panel enclosing a pair of confronting mythical birds, each rendered standing on its webbed feet and detailed with fine plumage, surrounded by... [Lire la suite]