28 janvier 2019

A white jade reticulated 'Scholar and garden' incense holder, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Lot 2730. A white jade reticulated 'Scholar and garden' incense holder, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795); 22.5 cm., 8 7/8 in. Estimate 600,000 — 800,000 HKD. Lot Sold 1,580,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's 2010. of cylindrical form, intricately carved in openwork with a bearded scholar leaning against a gnarled mulberry tree, accompanied by an attendant holding a bucket and a towel in front of a pavilion near a stream, all in a continuous rocky landscape with... [Lire la suite]

28 janvier 2019

A rare dated gilt-bronze figure of Liu Hai, mark and period of Qianlong, dated 1737

Lot 2793. A rare dated gilt-bronze figure of Liu Hai, mark and period of Qianlong, dated 1737; 46 cm., 18 in. Estimate 1,200,000 — 1,500,000 HKD. Lot Sold 1,700,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's 2010. finely cast standing on a square low base in the form of a table, holding his three-legged toad in his right hand and a large gold coin to tempt the toad in his left, his face with thoughtful expression, eyes closed and a slight smile, wearing a long robe falling in deep folds down over... [Lire la suite]
28 janvier 2019

A pair of zitan low tables, Qing dynasty, 19th century

Lot 2759. A pair of zitan low tables, Qing dynasty, 19th century; 52 by 88 by 52 cm 20 1/2 by 34 5/8 by 20 1/2 in. Estimate 350,000 — 550,000 HKD. Lot Sold 1,700,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's 2010. each of rectangular form with a broad table top set in a plain frame, resting on a beaded-edge cloud-shaped apron decorated in low-relief with archaistic scrolls, extending to square-section legs terminating in hooved feet. Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, 08 Oct 10, Hong... [Lire la suite]
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28 janvier 2019

A cinnabar lacquer stembowl, seal mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795)

Lot 2756. A cinnabar lacquer stembowl, seal mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795); 15 cm., 5 7/8 in. Estimate 600,000—800,000 HKD. Lot Sold 1,700,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's 2010. the body with deep flaring sides rising from an angled base and tall spreading hollow foot to an everted rim, finely and deeply carved around the exterior through the red lacquer layers to the black ground with eight lança characters enclosed within leafy lotus strapwork panels and reserved on a floret-diaper... [Lire la suite]
28 janvier 2019

A fine and rare blue-glazed bottle vase, mark and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735)

Lot 2673. A fine and rare blue-glazed bottle vase, mark and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735); 20 cm., 7 7/8 in. Estimate 600,000—800,000 HKD. Lot Sold 1,700,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's 2010. the globular body rising from a recessed base to a tall elegant slightly tapering neck, the exterior covered in a rich dark 'snowflake' blue glaze with an even greenish-grey speckle, the interior and base glazed white with an underglaze blue six-character mark. Provenance: Sotheby's Hong Kong, 26th... [Lire la suite]
28 janvier 2019

A fine doucai 'floral medallion' winecup, mark and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735)

Lot 2686. A fine doucai 'floral medallion' winecup, mark and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735); 7.3 cm, 2 7/8 in. Estimate 500,000 — 700,000 HKD. Lot Sold 1,820,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's 2010. supported on a short foot rising to rounded sides and flaring slightly at the rim, painted in brilliant translucent enamels on the exterior with four medallions comprising three small aster florets in iron-red, pale yellow and lilac connected by small leaves, each medallion framed by... [Lire la suite]

28 janvier 2019

A large and impressive cinnabar lacquer 'chun' peach-shaped box and cover, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Lot 2642. A large and impressive cinnabar lacquer 'chun' peach-shaped box and cover, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795); 38 cm., 14 7/8 in. Estimate 1,300,000 — 1,800,000 HKD. Lot Sold 1,820,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's 2010. the cover finely and deeply carved through red, green, black and yellow layers with a peach-shaped panel enclosing the character chun ('spring') centred with a medallion enclosing Shou Lao and rising above a large bowl overflowing with... [Lire la suite]
28 janvier 2019

A robins-egg glazed censer, impressed seal mark and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735)

Lot 2665. A robins-egg glazed censer, impressed seal mark and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735); 19 cm., 7 1/2 in. Estimate 500,000 — 600,000 HKD. Lot Sold 1,940,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's 2010. the compressed globular body rising from a short flared foot to a broad everted mouth rim, set to the side with a pair of simple loop handles and covered overall with a turquoise and rich raspberry-red streaked glaze, the base with an impressed six-character seal mark. Note: Vessels... [Lire la suite]
28 janvier 2019

"Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa" at The Block Museum of Art

EVANSTON, Ill. - An ambitious new exhibition will showcase the splendor and power of the lost kingdoms and commercial centers of Africa, using centuries-old artifacts from sites around the Sahara Desert and artwork from West and North Africa, Europe and the Middle East that reveal the reach of Saharan networks, in a firstof-its-kind show that will open in January. The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University’s “Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture and Exchange Across Medieval Saharan Africa” is the first major... [Lire la suite]
27 janvier 2019

A fine celadon white jade 'Immortal and Auspicious Plants' ruyi sceptre, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Lot 2724. A fine celadon white jade 'Immortal and Auspicious Plants' ruyi sceptre, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795); 44.5 cm., 17 1/2 in. Estimate 1,800,000 — 2,500,000 HKD. Lot Sold 2,180,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's 2010. elegantly carved with an S-shaped profile, the terminal decorated in low relief with an immortal with a long walking stick, accompanied by an attendant in a rocky landscape with a pavilion in the background, the slender shaft finely adorned with sprigs... [Lire la suite]