30 août 2019

A gilt-bronze figure of Maitreya Bodhisattva, Liao dynasty (907-1125)

  Lot 851. A gilt-bronze figure of Maitreya Bodhisattva, Liao dynasty (907-1125); 7 5/8in (19.5cm) high. Estimate US$ 50,000 - 70,000 (€ 45,000 - 63,000). © Bonhams. Finely cast with a tall tiara decorated with jeweled florets and scrolling clouds flanking a central stupa and curling backwards over the tall topknot, the sides of the tiara tied with knotted streamers hanging from the sides, framing a full round face set with heavily-lidded downcast eyes and pouty lips, dressed in loose flowing robes... [Lire la suite]

30 août 2019

A gilt copper alloy funerary mask, Liao dynasty (907-1125)

Lot 839. A gilt copper alloy funerary mask, Liao dynasty (907-1125); 7 1/4in (18.4cm) high; 8 1/8in (20.7cm) wide. Estimate US$ 5,000 - 7,000 (€ 4,500 - 6,300). © Bonhams. Hammered from a thin copper, tin and silver alloy sheet and realistically modeled with thin, sunken eyes, wide brows setting off a long triangular nose and small mouth accenting the broad cheeks and long crescent ears, the surface covered with earthen encrustation.  Provenance: Sloan's, September 1998, lot 620. On loan and... [Lire la suite]
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30 août 2019

A small brown-glazed jarlet, Liao Dynasty (AD 907-1125)

Lot 1023. A small brown-glazed jarlet, Liao Dynasty (AD 907-1125); 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm.) diam. Estimate 3,000 - USD 5,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2019. Of a compressed globular form, the jarlet is incised with wavy cord markings below five impressed 'fish roe' rings evenly spaced below two grooved bands, all covered with a rich chestnut glaze pooling to a darker color in the recesses and continuing over the foot ring onto the base. Property from the Collection of Dr. Maurice Berger.  Provenance: Fritz... [Lire la suite]
30 août 2019

A  very rare gilt-metal 'Guardian Kings' box and cover, Tang-Liao dynasty (618-1125)

Lot 233. A  very rare gilt-metal 'Guardian Kings' box and cover, Tang-Liao dynasty (618-1125). Length 2 1/2  in., 6.3 cm. Estimate USD 50,000 — 70,000. Courtesy Sotheby's. of rectangular form, finely engraved to the top and bottom with the Four Guardian Kings standing on rockwork, including one holding a stupa and another holding a sword, all against a finely executed ring-punched ground, the sides with ring-punched lozenge patterns (2). ... [Lire la suite]
30 août 2019

Exhibition explores allegory and faith in Netherlandish prints from Lucas van Leyden to Rembrandt

Jan Sadeler (Flemish, 1550-1600), after Dirck Barendsz (Netherlandish, 1534-1592). Hell, late 16th century. Engraving. Gift of Walter Melion and John Clum. ATLANTA, GA.- The Michael C. Carlos Museum presents Through a Glass, Darkly: Allegory and Faith in Netherlandish Prints from Lucas van Leyden to Rembrandt, on view from August 31 through December 1, an exhibition of 90 prints from artists such as Lucas van Leyden, Hendrick Goltzius, Jan Sadeler, and Rembrandt. From 1500-1700, printmakers in the Low Countries... [Lire la suite]
29 août 2019

Tang dynasty Ceramics at Christie's New York, 13 September 2019

Lot 833. A massive painted grey pottery figure of a horse, Tang dynasty (618-907); 33 in. (83.8 cm.) high. Estimate 60,000 - USD 80,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2019. The horse is shown standing foursquare on a rectangular base with the head turned slightly to the left. The head is sensitively modeled with alert expression and the ears pricked. There are extensive traces of red pigment and white slip on the unsaddled body.  Property from the Collection of Frederick A. and Sharon L. Klingenstein.  ... [Lire la suite]

29 août 2019

An exceedingly rare gilt-bronze dragon head-form fitting, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 236. An exceedingly rare gilt-bronze dragon head-form fitting, Tang dynasty (618-907). Length 2 1/2  in., 6.3 cm. Estimate USD 80,000 — 120,000. Courtesy Sotheby's. superbly cast in a tapered rectangular form with a hollow interior, the striking mythical beast head powerfully rendered with a gently curled single horn above large rounded eyes and a long upturned pointed snout exposing its sharp fangs, the mane finely detailed with neatly incised lines. ... [Lire la suite]
29 août 2019

A superb and rare silvered-metal 'Mandarin ducks' bowl, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 227. A superb and rare silvered-metal 'Mandarin ducks' bowl, Tang dynasty (618-907). Diameter 4 1/8  in., 10.3 cm. Estimate USD 50,000 — 70,000. Courtesy Sotheby's. the shallow rounded sides rising from a flat base to a flared rim, the exterior meticulously decorated with a finely chased and engraved design of four pairs of mandarin ducks, divided by leafy lotus sprays issuing from a ring of connected ruyi heads, enclosing a... [Lire la suite]
29 août 2019

A magnificent and rare gilt-bronze silver-lined stem cup, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 221. A magnificent and rare gilt-bronze silver-lined stem cup, Tang dynasty (618-907). Height 2 1/2  in., 6.5 cm. Estimate USD 100,000 — 150,000. Courtesy Sotheby's. with shallow rounded sides rising to a flared rim, encircled by a raised ring dividing the cup into two sections, the upper section meticulously engraved with a band of upright petals enclosing birds and flower sprays, lower section decorated with a band of leaf-shaped petals enclosing flower scrolls and a... [Lire la suite]
29 août 2019

An exceptionally rare gilt-bronze figure of Laojun, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 209. An exceptionally rare gilt-bronze figure of Laojun, Tang dynasty (618-907). Height 3 3/4  in., 9.7 cm. Estimate USD 50,000 — 70,000. Courtesy Sotheby's. finely cast seated cross-legged with a tripod armrest encircling the front half of the torso, wearing a small scholar's cap, the face with a sincere expression and a pointed beard, the body clothed in an interior garment tied at the chest, with an outer robe open and hanging in creased folds, the hands atop the armrest and... [Lire la suite]