01 janvier 2020

Turner in January 2020 at the Scottish National Gallery

J. M. W. Turner (1775-1851), Loch Coruisk, Skye, 1831. Watercolour with scraping on paper, 8.90 x 14.30 cm. Collection: Scottish National Gallery, Henry Vaughan Bequest 1900. Photo: © National Galleries of Scotland | Antonia Reeve. EDINBURGH.- In 1900, collector Henry Vaughan made an exceptional bequest to the National Galleries of Scotland – a set of 38 radiant watercolours by Joseph Mallord William Turner, giving a gift to the nation to be enjoyed for generations. This annual exhibition has become a... [Lire la suite]
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01 janvier 2020

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31 décembre 2019

A rare sancai-glazed molded pottery pillow, Liao dynasty (907-1125)

Lot 1270. A rare sancai-glazed molded pottery pillow, Liao dynasty (907-1125); 7 in. (17.8 cm.) long. Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. Price realised USD 25,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013  The concave rectangular top is rouletted with wave pattern within incised borders, and is glazed in green, cream, and amber. The front panel is molded in high relief with a lion mask, and the other three panels are molded with a frieze of foliate scroll. A vent hole is on one side.. Provenance: Sotheby's New York, 4... [Lire la suite]
31 décembre 2019

A large splash-glazed stoneware jar, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907)

Lot 1271. A large splash-glazed stoneware jar, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907); 15 in. (38.2 cm.) high. Estimate USD 15,000 - USD 20,000. Price realised USD 50,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013  The tapering ovoid jar has four double-strap lug handles applied to the shoulder below the wide mouth with unglazed rim, and is covered inside and out with a glaze of dark olive-brown color boldly decorated with large irregular splashes of beige tone shading to pale blue at the edges, as well as three vertical drips of milky blue... [Lire la suite]
31 décembre 2019

A large sancai-glazed pottery figure of a horse, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907)

Lot 1269. A large sancai-glazed pottery figure of a horse, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907); 19 in. (48.2 cm.) high. Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 12,000. Price realised USD 30,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013  The powerful horse is shown standing foursquare on a rectangular plinth with head turned slightly to the left and mouth open. The head is well detailed with slightly flared nostrils and expressive eyes set below a split forelock and pricked ears. The muscular neck is emphasized by the hogged mane. The unglazed saddle is... [Lire la suite]
31 décembre 2019

An unusual amber-glazed pottery figure of a Bactrian camel, Sui dynasty (AD 581-618)

Lot 1268. An unusual amber-glazed pottery figure of a Bactrian camel, Sui dynasty (AD 581-618); 15½ (13.3 cm.) high. Estimate USD 40,000 - USD 60,000. Price realised USD 50,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013  The amber-glazed camel is shown standing foursquare on a rectangular base, with mouth slightly open and head turned slightly to the right. The underside of the neck, top of the head, and upper portion of the forelegs are roughly textured to suggest thick hair. The back is laden with unglazed saddle bags centered... [Lire la suite]

31 décembre 2019

A pair of painted red pottery figures of court ladies, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907)

Lot 1267. A pair of painted red pottery figures of court ladies, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907); 13 3/8 in. (34 cm.) high. Estimate USD 15,000 - USD 20,000. Price realised USD 15,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013  Each standing figure has a full face modeled with delicate features below an elaborate helmet-like coiffure, and is shown with her head tilted to the side, and wearing a shawl tucked into the top of her long skirt while her hands are hidden within the long sleeves of her undergarment. Both have traces... [Lire la suite]
31 décembre 2019

A sancai-glazed pottery figure of an earth spirit, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907)

Lot 1266. A sancai-glazed pottery figure of an earth spirit, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907); 20½ in. (52.1 cm.) high. Estimate USD 3,000 - USD 4,000. Price realised USD 6,875. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013  The mythical beast, with leonine head centered by two horns, hoofed feet, and three flame-like projections rising from the back, is shown seated on its haunches as it opens its mouth in a warning roar, and is splashed in green, ochre and cream glazes. Property from the Robert B. Mayer... [Lire la suite]
31 décembre 2019

A sancai-glazed pottery figure of an official, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907)

Lot 1253. A sancai-glazed pottery figure of an official, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907); 35¾ in. (90.7 cm.) high. Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000. Price realised USD 13,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013  The official is standing upright on a low, splash-glazed, rock-form base with the hands clasped in front and wearing an amber-glazed robe beneath a splash-glazed breastplate over cream-glazed trousers and amber shoes with upturned toes. The unglazed head has traces of pigments. The face is... [Lire la suite]
31 décembre 2019

A rare large painted and blue, amber and green-glazed pottery figure of a court lady, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907)

Lot 1256. A rare large painted and blue, amber and green-glazed pottery figure of a court lady, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907); 19 3/8 in. (49.2 cm.) high. Estimate USD 100,000 - USD 150,000. Price realised USD 135,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013  The figure stands in a swaying pose on a flat, canted base. The raised right hand and the lowered left arm are concealed by the heavy sleeves of the long robe that falls to the base revealing one blue-glazed slipper and covering the other... [Lire la suite]