04 mai 2020

A rootwood brush pot, 18th Century

Lot 1112. A rootwood brush pot, 18th Century. Brush pot: 6 in. (15.2 cm.) high; fly whisk: 7 ¾ in. (19.7 cm.) long. Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. Price realised USD 2,750. © Christie's Image Ltd 2016. The brush pot is carved from a natural section of root to accentuate the textured burls and gnarls of one side elegantly juxtaposed with the smooth surface on the reverse. Together with a root-form fly whisk, 19th century, the shaft carved from a section of bamboo root, with the horsehair... [Lire la suite]

04 mai 2020

An inscribed wood-lacquered archer's cylindrical thumb ring, Dated gengchen year, corresponding to 1820 or 1880

Lot 209. An inscribed wood-lacquered archer's cylindrical thumb ring, Dated gengchen year, corresponding to 1820 or 1880; 3.1cm diam. Estimate HK$ 40,000 - 60,000. Sold for HK$ 52,500 (€ 6,188). Photo: Bonhams. The exterior decorated with a finely incised series of kaishu inscription, flanked by a figurative scene of a general and his entourage setting up camp with his steed tied to a tree, with two female deities observing from afar above cloud wisps.  Note: The inscription... [Lire la suite]
04 mai 2020

An inscribed rectangular four-footed huanghuali box and cover, Signed Wang Duo, dated yiyou year, corresponding to AD1645

Lot 209. An inscribed rectangular four-footed huanghuali box and cover, Signed Wang Duo, dated yiyou year, correspond to AD1645; 14cm wide. Estimate HK$ 40,000 - 60,000. Sold for HK$ 52,500 (€ 6,188). Photo: Bonhams. The cover inscribed with a series of kaishu inscription, opening to reveal a hollow interior.  Note: The inscription literately translates as 'carved inscription in the style of a ding vessel. The neutral spirit is achieved in tranquility. The second month of the... [Lire la suite]
04 mai 2020

A very rare imperial gilt-bronze hat stand, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Lot 210. A very rare imperial gilt-bronze hat stand, Qianlong period (1736-1795); 49cm high. Estimate HK$ 500,000 - 800,000. Sold for HK$ 625,000 (€ 74,139). Photo: Bonhams. Impressively formed as a gilt-bronze elephant with a harness embellished with coloured glass beads and flowers and suspending seed pearl tassels, the ornate floral repoussé saddle with a kneeling figure of a European on top, wearing a frock coat with arms raised to hold a flat octagonal tray upon his head, the tray bearing a... [Lire la suite]
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04 mai 2020

A rare large famille rose Canton enamel 'dragon' basin, Mid Qing Dynasty

Lot 209. A rare large famille rose Canton enamel 'dragon' basin, Mid Qing Dynasty; 30.6cm diam. Estimate HK$ 120,000 - 150,000. Sold for HK$ 150,000 (€ 17,793). Photo: Bonhams. The basin with rounded sides and a lobed mouth rim, colourfully decorated on the interior with a large front-facing dragon amidst flames, surrounded by a band of further dragons, each detailed with long sinuous scaly bodies amidst flames, the exterior with three stylized chilong in blue, all on a white ground.  ... [Lire la suite]
04 mai 2020

A fine and rare archaic bronze ritual tripod food vessel, gui, Western Zhou Dynasty (circa 1100-771 BC)

Lot 196. A fine and rare archaic bronze ritual tripod food vessel, gui, Western Zhou Dynasty (circa 1100-771 BC); 23.8cm wide. Estimate HK$500,000 - 800,000. Sold for HK$ 625,000 (€ 74,139). Photo: Bonhams. Raised on three blade-shaped feet, the exterior finely cast in low relief on each side with a taotie mask divided by low vertical flanges, with a pictogram cast beneath the curved handle, surmounted by a pair of capped posts with whorl motifs between the spout and tip, the vessel encrusted... [Lire la suite]

04 mai 2020

A fine archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, jue, Late dynasty (1600-1100 BC)

Lot 193. A fine archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, jue, Late dynasty (1600-1100 BC); 19.5cm high. Estimate HK$300,000 - 400,000. Sold for HK$ 375,000 (€ 44,483). Photo: Bonhams. Raised on three blade-shaped feet, the exterior finely cast in low relief on each side with a taotie mask divided by low vertical flanges, with a pictogram cast beneath the curved handle, surmounted by a pair of capped posts with whorl motifs between the spout and tip, the vessel encrusted overall with an attractive rich... [Lire la suite]
04 mai 2020

A pair of doucai gilt-decorated 'floral' bowls, Xianfeng six-character marks and of the period (1851-1861)

Lot 191. A pair of doucai gilt-decorated 'floral' bowls, Xianfeng six-character marks and of the period (1851-1861). Each: 12cm diam. Estimate HK$350,000 - 450,000. Sold for HK$ 800,000 (€ 94,899). Photo: Bonhams. Each bowl elegantly potted with rounded sides rising steeply from a short straight foot, finely enamelled around the exterior with a band of six flower heads, including lotus, chrysanthemum, wisteria and hibiscus, all borne on a single undulating leafy tendril and outlined in gilt, the base with... [Lire la suite]
04 mai 2020

A pair of famille-rose yellow-ground 'Bajixiang' dishes, Jiaqing seal marks and of the period (1796-1820)

Lot 189. A pair of famille-rose yellow-ground 'Bajixiang' dishes, Jiaqing seal marks and of the period (1796-1820). Each: 10.5cm diam. Estimate HK$350,000 - 450,000. Sold for HK$ 687,500 (€ 81,553). Photo: Bonhams. The interior of each dish colourfully decorated in bright enamels on a rich lemon yellow ground, depicting a small lotus bloom surrounded by the Eight Buddhist Emblems, baijixiang, each ribboned and interspersed by lotus blooms borne on leafy scrolls, the exteriors decorated with five floral... [Lire la suite]
04 mai 2020

A pale green jade 'mythical beast' brush washer, Mid Qing Dynasty

Lot 183. A pale green jade 'mythical beast' brush washer, Mid Qing Dynasty; 25.4cm diam. Estimate HK$200,000 - 400,000. Sold for HK$ 275,000 (€ 32,621). Photo: Bonhams. Carved with shallow rounded sides rising from a short foot to a slightly everted rim, the interior decorated with incised and gilded lotus blooms borne on leafy tendrils, the stone of a deep green tone with minor black and buff coloured inclusions. Note: In the reign of the Qianlong Emperor jade availability of jade material increased... [Lire la suite]