25 février 2019

A superb and rare early Ming blue and white vase, meiping, Ming dynasty, Yongle period (1403-1425)

Lot 750. A superb and rare early Ming blue and white vase, meiping, Ming dynasty, Yongle period (1403-1425); 12 5/8 in., 32 cm. Estimate 900,000 — 1,200,000 USD. Lot sold 1,048,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the finely potted baluster body rising from a gently tapering base to full swelling shoulders, surmounted by a short waisted neck with rolled lip, superbly painted in graduated tones of vivid cobalt-blue enhanced by characteristic 'heaping and piling', with a broad... [Lire la suite]

25 février 2019

A rare limestone wall fragment of a flying apsaras playing the drum, Northern Wei dynasty, 6th century, Longmen Caves

Lot 506. A rare limestone wall fragment of a flying apsaras playing the drum, Northern Wei dynasty, 6th century, Longmen Caves. Height 21 in., 53.4 cm. Estimate 200,000 — 300,000 USD. Lot sold 1,059,200 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the charcoal-grey stone finely carved as an apsaras, or angelic being, in flight, dressed in a robe with wide billowing sleeves below a short fitted vest, moving to its left but turning its head sharply to the right while holding in the left arm a small... [Lire la suite]
25 février 2019

A magnificent and very rare famille-rose and celadon-ground vase, Seal mark and period of Qianlong

Lot 818. A magnificent and very rare famille-rose and celadon-ground vase, Seal mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795); 14 1/4 in., 36.2 cm. Estimate 300,000 — 500,000 USD. Lot sold 1,361,600 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. superbly potted with a body of slightly flattened baluster form and quatrelobed section, the swelling sides rising from a splayed foot to a broadly flaring neck flanked by a pair of high-relief elephant-head handles, evenly covered with a pale celadon... [Lire la suite]
25 février 2019

A rare limestone seated figure of a 'Pensive' Maitreya, Northern Wei Dynasty, early 6th century, Longmen Caves

Lot 503. A rare limestone seated figure of a 'Pensive' Maitreya, Northern Wei Dynasty, early 6th century, Longmen Caves; 23 3/8 in., 59.5 cm. Estimate 300,000 — 500,000 USD. Lot sold 1,361,600 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the grey stone originally part of a wall fragment, deftly carved with the youthful prince seated upon a lotus pedestal base with legs crossed at the ankles, head bent slightly to its left and the left hand gently cradling its cheek in ‘pensive’ posture, the right hand resting... [Lire la suite]
25 février 2019

The 'Si De Shi Quan Zhi Bao' Seal. An extremely important imperial jade seal, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period, circa 1790s

Lot 626. The 'Si De Shi Quan Zhi Bao' Seal. An extremely important imperial jade seal, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period, circa 1790s; 5 1/8 in., 13 cm. Estimate 800,000 — 1,000,000 USD. Lot sold 1,608,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the base of square section surmounted by a pair of addorsed dragons, each powerfully carved with eyes bulging and nostrils flaring above long curling whiskers, the mouth clenched open to reveal its tongue flicked up between sharp... [Lire la suite]
25 février 2019

An extremely important and rare massive limestone Chimera, Six Dynasties, first half of 6th century

  Lot 512. An extremely important and rare massive limestone Chimera, Six Dynasties, first half of 6th century; 42 1/2 by 46 1/2 in., 108 by 118 cm. Estimate 1,500,000 — 2,500,000 USD. Lot sold 5,472,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the ferocious beast powerfully striding forward in an alert and threatening pose, with head held high and chest thrown out, the mouth wide open baring its teeth in a fierce and vicious roar, staring intensely through large bulging eyes above flared nostrils... [Lire la suite]
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25 février 2019

An extremely rare and important archaic bronze wine vessel and cover, (fangjia), Late Shang Dynasty, 13th - 11th century BC

Lot 507. An extremely rare and important archaic bronze wine vessel and cover, (fangjia), Late Shang Dynasty, 13th - 11th century BC; 12 1/8 by 8 by 7 3/8 in., 30.7 by 20.4 by 18.8 cm. Estimate 2,000,000 — 3,000,000 USD. Lot sold 8,104,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the robustly cast body of square section with a bombé S-profile curving up to a flared rim set with a pair of pyramidal-shaped finials, all four sides crisply cast in low-relief, one main side cast with a loop handle issuing out from the... [Lire la suite]
24 février 2019

A rare carved wood figure of Vairocana, Early Ming dynasty

Lot 259. A rare carved wood figure of Vairocana, Early Ming dynasty. Height 17 1/2  in., 44.4 cm. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 USD. Lot sold 137,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. portrayed seated in dhyanasana with hands in dharmachakramudra, dressed in shawl, scarves and a dhoti, an elaborate jeweled necklace adorning the chest, the face with serene expression, and the hair pulled up into a tall chignon behind the five-tier crown and falling in curled... [Lire la suite]
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24 février 2019

A huanghuali high-waist stand, 17th century

Lot 408. A huanghuali high-waist stand, 17th century. Height  27 in, 68.6 cm; Width 18 1/4  in., 46.2 cm; Depth 13. 7/8  in., 35.2 cm. Estimate 25,000 — 35,000 USD. Lot sold 257,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the floating panel top of standard miter, mortise and tenon construction with a flush tongue and groove floating panel above a recessed waist and apron, tenoned and half-lapped to the square section legs extending down and terminating in well-defined hoof feet.  ... [Lire la suite]
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24 février 2019

A large pair of bronze dvarapala gate guardians, Ming dynasty

Lot 264. A large pair of  bronze dvarapala gate guardians, Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Height 34 in., 86.4 cm. Estimate 30,000 — 50,000 USD. Lot sold 617,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. crisply cast and powerfully sculpted, each figure bearing a fierce expression, arms raised with hands gripped, impressively clad in interlocked armor trailing flowing sashes, standing firmly with legs slightly apart, the feet cast with pegs for insertion, with wood stands... [Lire la suite]