20 août 2018

Earthenware bowl, Fayyum type, Egypt, 9th-11th century

Earthenware bowl, covered with a thin, white slip and painted in yellow, green, and manganese under a transparent glaze, Fayyum type, Egypt, 9th-11th century, H: 6: Diam: 22.5 cm, Inv. no. 3/2004. © The David Collection, Copenhagen. The bowl’s manganese lines form a radial pattern that also separates the green and yellow sections. This is quite a simple type of decoration that was widespread in the 9th-11th century from Nishapur and Susa in Iran to Fayyum and Fustat in Egypt. This bowl is most closely related to the Egyptian... [Lire la suite]
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20 août 2018

Fragment of a painting on paper. “A Harpy”, Egypt, 11th-12th century

Fragment of a painting on paper. “A Harpy”, Egypt, 11th-12th century, 20.5 × 7 cm, Inv. no. 50/1977. © The David Collection, Copenhagen. Very few illustrated manuscripts have been preserved from the period before 1200, but it would be strange if there were not illustrations in some of the books that once stood in the great libraries of Abbasid Baghdad, Umayyad Cordoba, and Fatimid Cairo. We know that monumental painting was used in palace architecture, and Fatimid pottery shows that there were competent painters. We cannot... [Lire la suite]
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20 août 2018

Amulet scroll (tarsh) with polychrome block print, Egypt, perhaps Iran, 10th-11th century

Amulet scroll (tarsh) with polychrome block print, Egypt, perhaps Iran, 10th-11th century, H: 86,6; W: 4,5 cm, Inv. no. 85/2003. © The David Collection, Copenhagen. Amulet scrolls like this one, with brief printed quotations from the Koran and God’s 99 names, were probably not intended to be read, only enclosed in a good-luck charm. The text at the top – “God’s support and a speedy victory” – is known from Islamic armor, indicating that the scroll was intended for a warrior. The printing technique employed for... [Lire la suite]
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20 août 2018

A straw-glazed pottery ovoid jar and cover, Tang dynasty (618-907) 

Lot 273. A straw-glazed pottery ovoid jar and cover, Tang dynasty (618-907); 211 in. (27.9 cm.) high. Estimate USD 3,000 - USD 5,000. Price realised USD 4,800. © Christie's Images Ltd 2007 Heavily potted, with ovoid body, short neck and lipped rim, covered inside and out with a finely crackled clear glaze over a white slip that falls short of the flat base to expose the fine white ware, the domed cover with everted rim and bud-form knop similarly glazed, box. Christie's. Fine Chinese... [Lire la suite]
20 août 2018

An unusual chestnut and straw-glazed pottery figure of a Bactrian camel, Tang dynasty (618-907) 

Lot 267. An unusual chestnut and straw-glazed pottery figure of a Bactrian camel, Tang dynasty (618-907); 21 in. (53.3 cm.) high. Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 12,000. Price realised USD 15,600. © Christie's Images Ltd 2007 Well modelled standing with head raised and mouth open in a bray, the hair on the front of the neck applied in small, well defined overlapping sections and covered with a straw glaze, while fine gouging indicates the hair on the humps, the body glazed a deep chestnut color. ... [Lire la suite]
20 août 2018

A rare small sancai-glazed pottery cat-form waterdropper, Liao dynasty (907-1125) 

Lot 264. A rare small sancai-glazed pottery cat-form waterdropper, Liao dynasty (907-1125); 4¼ in. (10.9 cm.) long. Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 7,000. Price realised USD 6,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2007 Hollow-molded as a recumbent cat with pricked ears and an aperture in the mouth, with a collar tied around the neck with long green-glazed ribbons that trail below the small aperture and loop handle in the center of the back, all in amber, green and cream glaze. Provenance: Sotheby's,... [Lire la suite]
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20 août 2018

Two small sancai-glazed pottery cups ,Tang dynasty (618-907) 

Lot 263. Two small sancai-glazed pottery cups ,Tang dynasty (618-907); 3 3/8 and 3 1/16 in. (8.6 and 8.1 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 7,000. Price realised USD 5,040. © Christie's Images Ltd 2007 Each with rounded sides rising from the short, waisted foot to an everted rim, decorated on the interior and exterior with streaks of amber and green glaze on a straw-glazed ground which falls to or over the edge of the foot to expose the fine pale ware, box. Christie's. Fine Chinese... [Lire la suite]
20 août 2018

A rare blue and amber-glazed pottery tripod vessel, lian, Tang dynasty (618-907) 

Lot 258. A rare blue and amber-glazed pottery tripod vessel, lian, Tang dynasty (618-907); 6 in. (16.2 cm.) high. Estimate USD 40,000 - USD 60,000. Price realised USD 66,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2007 The ribbed cylindrical body covered on the inside with a glaze of amber tone and on the rim and exterior with a blue glaze that continues onto the cabriole legs and under the lower edge of the otherwise unglazed base showing the buff ware, box. Note: Compare the blue-glazed lian in... [Lire la suite]
20 août 2018

A blue, amber and straw-glazed pottery tripod censer, Tang dynasty (618-907) 

Lot 255. A blue, amber and straw-glazed pottery tripod censer, Tang dynasty (618-907); 8¾ in. (22.2 cm.) across. Estimate USD 12,000 - USD 15,000. Price realised USD 12,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2007 The compressed bulbous body raised on three paw supports and encircled by a lower flat bow-string band and a more pronounced rib at the edge of the shoulder below a band of petals outlined in dark blue and amber on a blue and straw-glazed resist-spotted ground which continues on the... [Lire la suite]
20 août 2018

A pair of blue and sancai-glazed pottery figures of earth spirits, Tang dynasty (618-907) 

Lot 254. A pair of blue and sancai-glazed pottery figures of earth spirits, Tang dynasty (618-907); 17 7/8 and 19½ in. (45.5 and 49.5 cm.) high. Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000. Price realised USD 7,800. © Christie's Images Ltd 2007 Each winged creature shown seated with front hoofs firmly planted on a pierced rockwork base, one with leonine face flanked by a flared ruff and a pair of tall horns flanking a flame-form crest rising from the back of the head, the other with unglazed humanoid face and... [Lire la suite]