19 janvier 2019

A gem-set and enamelled agate box, India, 19th century

Lot 255. A gem-set and enamelled agate box, India, 19th century; 5.5 by 9.7 by 7cm. Estimate 30,000 — 50,000 GBP. Lot sold 37,500 GBP. Photo Sotheby's 2016. of rectangular form, composed of agate plaques each set in the kundan technique with colourful gemstones including diamonds and rubies, in a floral design, with polychrome enamel borders and round feet, in custom silk-lined box. Note: The technique for juxtaposing semiprecious stones into others, such as agate,... [Lire la suite]
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19 janvier 2019

The Holms Hepburn Coronation carpet, Persia, Safavid, 17th century

Lot 243. The Holms Hepburn Coronation carpet, Persia, Safavid, 17th century; 245 by 216cm. Estimate 60,000 — 80,000 GBP. Lot sold 75,000 GBP. © Sotheby's 2016. reduced in size, the central panel with lotus blossoms between foliate vines, the border with cartouches and medallions containing  palmette designs, presentation labels to underside:'This rug was used at the coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey on the 9th August 1902. It was laid under the throne on which King Edward VII... [Lire la suite]
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19 janvier 2019

A large and impressive Ilkhanid lustre mihrab tile, Persia, 13th-14th century

Lot 228. A large and impressive Ilkhanid lustre mihrab tile, Persia, 13th-14th century; 48 by 36.5cm. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 GBP. Lot sold 413,000 GBP. © Sotheby's 2016. moulded in relief with an opacified tin glaze enhanced with cobalt blue and turquoise over-decorated in lustre, the central arched panel enclosing an inscription on a ground of spiralling floral tendrils, split-palmettes within the spandrels, bordered by a calligraphic band also in relief, set in old metal mount. ... [Lire la suite]
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19 janvier 2019

Four Meissen pierced dessert plates from the 'Japanese Service' for the Chinese House at Sanssouci, circa 1763

Lot 163. A Meissen pierced dessert plate from the 'Japanese Service' for the Chinese House at Sanssouci, circa 1763; 25cm., 9 7/8 in. diam. Estimate 6,000 — 8,000 GBP. Lot sold 21,250 GBP. © Sotheby's 2017. painted with a vignette of an exotic bird perched on a branch within a blue edged border, the spirally-moulded rim with a yellow-ground diaper border edged in puce scrollwork, with six pierced trellis bands, crossed swords mark in underglaze-blue, impressed numeral 56, ... [Lire la suite]
19 janvier 2019

A set of four doucai 'South Sea Bubble' plates, Kangxi period, circa 1720

Lot 539. A set of four doucai 'South Sea Bubble' plates, Kangxi period, circa 1720; 8 ¼ in. (20.9 cm.) diameter. Estimate USD 15,000 - USD 25,000. Price realised USD 17,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.  Each enameled with a Commedia dell'Arte figure wearing a chequered costume above a tiled floor, the border with a band of leaves in blue, green, iron-red and gilt. Property from Antoine Lebel. Note: The 'South Sea Bubble' was a rampant, widespread 1720s financial speculation... [Lire la suite]
19 janvier 2019

A set of four doucai 'South Sea Bubble' plates, Kangxi period, circa 1720

Lot 429. A set of four doucai 'South Sea Bubble' plates, Kangxi period, circa 1720; 8 ¼ in. (20.9 cm.) diameter. Estimate USD 15,000 - USD 25,000. Price realised USD 18,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.  Each enameled with a Commedia dell'Arte figure wearing a chequered costume above a tiled floor, the border with a band of leaves in blue, green, iron-red and gilt. Provenance With Charles Perry Chinese Export Porcelain, Atlanta (two plates).  Note: The 'South Sea Bubble' was... [Lire la suite]

19 janvier 2019

Luis Alegria Lda at TEFAF Maastricht 2019, Stand 169

'European subject' plate, China, Qianlong, circa 1740. Diameter 23 cm (9 in.) © Luis Alegria Lda at TEFAF Maastricht 2019, Stand 169. Enamelled on a black ground with two musicians, one playing a trumpet and the other a circular horn. The rim decorated with a gilt spearheads border. It has been suggested that this may have been designed by Cornelis Pronk. The Black ground was difficult to produce. The figures are unusual, being in Ottoman Costume and European musical instruments. Complete set of six... [Lire la suite]
19 janvier 2019

A rare black-ground 'trumpeter' plate, Qianlong period, circa 1745 

Lot 534. A rare black-ground 'trumpeter' plate, Qianlong period, circa 1745; 9 in. (22.8 cm.) diameter. Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000. Price realised USD 25,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.  With two Turkish musicians, possibly inspired by or after Cornelis Pronk, gilt spearhead at the rim, all on a lustrous black ground. Property from Antoine Lebel.  Note: Howard and Ayers, (China For the West, vol.1, p.305) suggest that this was undoubtedly a specially... [Lire la suite]
19 janvier 2019

A German parcel-gilt silver tankard, Johann Paul Schmidt, Leipzig, circa 1690

Lot 75. A German parcel-gilt silver tankard, Johann Paul Schmidt, Leipzig, circa 1690; 22cm, 8 1/2in high; 1045gr, 33oz 12dwt. Estimate 4,000 — 6,000 GBP. Lot sold 6,875 GBP. © Sotheby's 2017 fitted with detachable sleeve of openwork acanthus enclosing architectural scenes, similar ornament at the cover below swan finial. Sotheby's. From Earth to Fire, London, 4 May 2017
19 janvier 2019

A large Hungarian parcel-gilt silver beaker, unmarked, circa 1730

Lot 74. A large Hungarian parcel-gilt silver beaker, unmarked, circa 1730; 20cm, 8in high; 490gr, 15oz 15dwt. Estimate 3,000 — 5,000 GBP. Lot sold 3,750 GBP. © Sotheby's 2017 embossed and chased with scrolling acanthus on matting, ball supports, bifurcated thumbpiece centred by a cast acanthus leaf, marked on body and cover. Note: A similar beaker, also with detachable foot, by Michael May II, Brasov, 1739 is in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum and illustrated in the Exhibition... [Lire la suite]