16 avril 2014

Sotheby's announces first dedicated exhibition of ancient Chinese erotic art in Hong Kong

A set of seven small porcelain figures, 19th – 20th Century. Photo: Sotheby's. Hong Kong - Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery is delighted to present part of the Ferdinand M. Bertholet Collection, the world’s largest collection of erotic art, from 16 April to 3 May. The exhibition entitled Gardens of Pleasure: Sex in Ancient China, will feature more than 100 pieces of astounding works of art from the Ferdinand M. Bertholet Collection, with objects dating from the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD) to the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911 AD).... [Lire la suite]
14 avril 2014

Metropolitan Museum Exhibition Offers Gateway into Rich Tradition of Chinese Calligraphy, Beginning April 29

Wen Peng (1498–1573). The Thousand-Character Classic in clerical script (detail), dated 1561.  NEW YORK - A loan exhibition devoted entirely to Chinese calligraphy— including masterpieces by some of the most renowned practitioners in Chinese history—will open at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on April 29.  Featuring more than 40 works, from towering scrolls designed to fill reception halls to intimate works meant to be enjoyed by lone scholars in their studios, Out of Character: Decoding Chinese... [Lire la suite]
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09 avril 2014

Exhibition of paintings from south-east China on view at the British Museum in London

Plates with Southern Chinese Landscapes, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722), porcelain with famille verte overglaze enamels, © The Trustees of the British Museum. LONDON.- Discover the beauty and culture of south-east China in this selection of paintings dating from the 6th to the 19th centuries. The display includes the famous Admonitions Scroll (from 5 June) and examples of rare porcelain from the region.  The Yangzi River runs through an area of south-east China known as Jiangnan... [Lire la suite]
08 avril 2014

Liu Dan (B. 1953), Taihu Rock of the Forbidden City

Liu Dan (B. 1953), Taihu Rock of the Forbidden City. Photo Sotheby's signed Jinling Liu Dan (Liu Dan from Nanjing), inscribed and with one seal of the artist; ink on paper, framed; 58.4 by 83.8 cm., 23 by 33 in. Executed in 2013. Estimation 450,000 — 550,000 HKD - Lot. Vendu 1,240,000 HKD Provenance: Gift from the artist. Sotheby's. Contemporary Literati — A Gathering, Hong Kong, 07 avr. 2014 - www.sothebys.com
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29 mars 2014

I.M. Chait March 23 Post-Asia Week Auction in Beverly Hills tops $2.3 million, led by $350K bronze

15th century early Ming Dynasty gilt-bronze Bodhisattva, 9-7/8 inches, the auction’s top lot, sold online for $350,000. I.M. Chait image. BEVERLY HILLS, CA.- While traditional Asian art categories held on to their most-favored status at I.M. Chait’s March 23, 2014 Post-Asia Week Auction, other buying trends were noted at the $2.36 million sale that would indicate collectors are exploring new avenues. All prices quotes are inclusive of a 22% buyer’s premium.  “Clearly, Asian art collectors are expanding their horizons beyond... [Lire la suite]
21 mars 2014

Sotheby's Hong Kong announces Fine Chinese Paintings Spring Sale to be held on 7 April

Qi Baishi(1864 – 1957), An Assemblage of Fruits. Photo Sotheby's HONG KONG.- Sotheby’s Hong Kong Fine Chinese Paintings Spring Sale 2014 will take place on 7 April at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Exquisite works by such modern Chinese artists as Zhang Daqian, Wu Changshuo, Qi Baishi, Fu Baoshi, Xu Beihong and Xie Zhiliu will be offered, many of which come from private collections in Europe and North America and are fresh to the market. The sale will feature more than 400 lots in total, estimated in excess of... [Lire la suite]
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18 mars 2014

Candid glimpse of the Daoguang Emperor leaves a lasting impression at Bonhams

Anonymous, an Informal Portrait of the Daoguang Emperor (1782-1850) (detail). Early 19th Century. Ink and color on silk, now framed and glazed. 51 1/2 x 29 1/4in (130.8 x 74.3cm). Sold $389,000. Photo: Courtesy of Bonhams. NEW YORK, NY.- An informal portrait of the Daoguang Emperor (1782-1850) from the early 19th century reigned at Bonhams Chinese Art from the Scholar’s Studio sale on March 17. The vibrant composition sold for more than seven times the pre-sale estimate, reaching $389,000 after a lengthy bidding war. The portrait... [Lire la suite]
09 mars 2014

Wang Hui (1632-1717), Scroll ‘Landscape with Literati’, China

Wang Hui (1632-1717), Scroll ‘Landscape with Literati’, China. Photo courtesy Auctionata. Wang Hui (1632-1717) – master of Chinese painting. With calligraphy, artist’s signature ‘Geng Yan San Ren’ ???? and two seals Mounted on paper in a silk frame. Overall dimensions: 251 x 50 cm. Image size: 163.5 x 38.5 cm. The scroll painting shows signs of age and wear. The material is a little browned. There are creased which are less visible due to the mounting. One of the handles is missing. Estimate €6,400 – €8,000 Provenance:... [Lire la suite]
09 mars 2014

Wang Hui (1632-1717, Scroll ‘Rolling Landscape’, China

Wang Hui (1632-1717, Scroll ‘Rolling Landscape’, China. Photo courtesy Auctionata. Wang Hui (1632-1717) – master of Chinese painting. With calligraphy, artist’s signature ‘Shi Gu Zi Wang Hui’ ??? (Wang Hui’s artist’s name) ?? and four seals. Mounted on paper in a silk frame, wooden handles. Overall dimensions: 235 x 63 cm. Image size: 143 x 48.5 cm. The scroll painting shows significant signs of age and wear. The material is browned and shows creases. There are partially foxing and large water stains, especially on... [Lire la suite]
09 mars 2014

Fragment of ‘Bodhisattva’ Mural, China, Tang era (618-906), 7th-8th century

Fragment of ‘Bodhisattva’ Mural, China, Tang era (618-906), 7th-8th century. Photo courtesy Auctionata. A painting with elegant and subtle lines, showing a representation of a Bodhisattva. Clay ground. Fine presentation? With cloud bands, halo and stylized ruyi scepter. Framed under mat. Dimensions, framed: 86 x 66 cm. Good state of preservation. Estimate €6,000 – €7,500 This Chinese fragment of a mural painting was made during the Tang period (618-906), the 7th / 8th century, and represents a Bodhisattva. The wall painting... [Lire la suite]
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