20 octobre 2016

Sotheby's to offer rare Chinese & European books, maps, photographs and manuscripts

Lot 212. Huang Qianren, 大清萬年一統天下全圖. DA QING WANNIAN YITONG TIANXIA QUANTU. [COMPLETE MAP OF THE GREAT QING'S TEN-THOUSAND-YEAR UNIFIED [REALM OF] ALL UNDER HEAVEN]. Daoguang 3 [1823]. Estimate 80,000 — 120,000 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's.   LONDON.- The most significant sale of its kind to be held in a generation, “China in Print and on Paper” reveals the rich history of cartography, exploration, trade and diplomacy between China and the West for over half a millennium. Together, the... [Lire la suite]

20 octobre 2016

Eight Sarmatian gold phalerae, circa 1st century B.C.-2nd century A.D.

Lot 117. Eight Sarmatian gold phalerae, circa 1st century B.C.-2nd century A.D. Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000. Photo Christie's Images Ltd 2016. Each: 1 ½ in. (3.7 cm.) diameter Provenance: Edmund Roy Hofmann (1901-1977), Philadelphia, acquired in Europe, 1930s-1950s; thence by descent. Note: For a similar depiction of animals in circular formation, see the gold vessel from the Kobyakov burial mound on the lower Don river in south Russia, fig. 10 in V. Guguev, "The Gold Jewelry Complex from the Kobyakov... [Lire la suite]
19 octobre 2016

A European gold bracelet, Late Bronze Age, circa 1000-750 B.C.

Lot 113. A European gold bracelet, Late Bronze Age, circa 1000-750 B.C. Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 12,000. Photo Christie's Images Ltd 2016. 4 in. (10.2 cm.) wide Provenance: Edmund Roy Hofmann (1901-1977), Philadelphia, acquired in Europe, 1930s-1950s; thence by descent. Note: Formed of hammered sheet gold, this rare and unusual bracelet takes the form of a wide cuff tapering in at each end, with a smooth raised ridge along its length. The ridge is flanked by bands of incised herringbone pattern, while the... [Lire la suite]
19 octobre 2016

A pair of Etruscan gold ear studs, circa 530-500 B.C.

Lot 116. A pair of Etruscan gold ear studs, circa 530-500 B.C. Estimate USD 30,000 - USD 50,000. Photo Christie's Images Ltd 2016. Each: 1¼ in. (3.3 cm) diameter Provenance: The Boilevin family, France, 19th century; thence by descent to Monsieur Boilevin.The Boilevin Estate; Archéologie, Tajan, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 5 June 2002, lot 128. Note: Each stud is composed of a sheet disk centered by a rosette. There is a central dome filled with minute granulation, framed by eight spheres each set within a... [Lire la suite]
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19 octobre 2016

Three Celtic gold finger rings, circa late 4th century B.C.

Lot 119. Three Celtic gold finger rings, circa late 4th century B.C. Estimate USD 60,000 - USD 90,000. Photo Christie's Images Ltd 2016. Largest: .15/16 in. (2.3 cm.) wide Provenance: Johan Gilch (d. 1943); thence by descent to his son Alfred Gilch (1918-2013) and his wife, Elizabeth Gilch (b. 1926), Munich; thence by descent. Note: These richly ornamented rings were thought to have been found together and threaded onto a plain gold hoop. One has openwork scrolls emerging from ram heads on each shoulder,... [Lire la suite]
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19 octobre 2016

A Celtic gold torque, circa late 4th century B.C.

Lot 118. A Celtic gold torque, circa late 4th century B.C. Estimate USD 120,000 - USD 180,000. Photo Christie's Images Ltd 2016. 7 1/8 in. (18 cm.) wide Provenance: Johan Gilch (d. 1943); thence by descent to his son Alfred Gilch (1918-2013) and his wife, Elizabeth Gilch (b. 1926), Munich; thence by descent. Notes: This impressive torque is pennanular in form with large conical terminals, and is made from hammered sheet gold. Each end is ornamented in relief in repoussé with some details chased.... [Lire la suite]
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19 octobre 2016

A late Roman gold armlet, circa late 3rd-early 4th century A.D.

Lot 124. A late Roman gold armlet, circa late 3rd-early 4th century A.D. Estimate USD 150,000 - USD 250,000. Photo Christie's Images Ltd 2016. 5 1/8 in. (13 cm.) diameter  Provenance: with Ars Antiqua, Lucerne (Auktion II, Antike Kunstwerke, 14 May 1960, lot 173).Jan Mitchell, New York, acquired between 1960-1966.The Estate of Jan Mitchell; Antiquities, Sotheby's, New York, 7 June 2012, lot 26. Literature: C. Belting-Ihm, "Spätrömisches Buckelarmringe mit Relief-dekor," Jarhbuch des... [Lire la suite]
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19 octobre 2016

A Greek gold olive wreath, late Classical period to early Hellenistic period, circa 4th century B.C.

Lot 115. A Greek gold olive wreath, late Classical period to early Hellenistic period, circa 4th century B.C. Estimate USD 250,000 - USD 350,000. Photo Christie's Images Ltd 2016. 9 ½ in. (24.1 cm.) wide  Provenance: Jan Mitchell, New York, acquired in 1966 or prior.The Estate of Jan Mitchell; Antiquities, Sotheby's, New York, 7 June 2012, lot 24. Literature: L. Kronenberger and M. Lee, Quality: Its Image in the Arts, New York, 1969, cover. Exhibited: New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1966-2011. ... [Lire la suite]
19 octobre 2016

A pair of blue and white bowls, Yongzheng six-character marks and of the period (1723-1735)

Lot 42. A pair of blue and white bowls, Yongzheng six-character marks and of the period (1723-1735). Estimate £4,000 - 6,000 (€4,500 - 6,700). Photo: Bonhams. The exteriors painted with a continuous scene of two ladies in a balustraded garden with willow and potted plants led by an attendant carrying a candle, the interior with a medallion encircling pine, bamboo and plum blossom. Each 15.5cm (6 1/8in) diam. (2). Provenance: an important European private collection Notes: The decoration on the bowls refers... [Lire la suite]
19 octobre 2016

A blue and white bottle vase, yuhuchunping, Daoguang seal mark and of the period (1821-1850)

Lot 41. A blue and white bottle vase, yuhuchunping, Daoguang seal mark and of the period (1821-1850). Estimate £6,000 - 8,000 (€6,700 - 9,000). Photo: Bonhams. The globular body painted around the exterior with plantain and bamboo growing beside rocks on grassy mounds, all beneath a band of foliate scroll between upright plantain leaves and a pendent ruyi collar at the waisted neck, the base with a band of lotus lappets encircling the splayed foot. 28.8cm (11 3/8in) high.  Provenance: a North American private... [Lire la suite]