26 septembre 2018

Two masterpieces from the Collection of Sir Quo-Wei Lee at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 3 october 2018

Sir Quo-Wei Lee Sir Q.W. Lee was undoubtedly one of the most remarkable bankers, philanthropists and collectors of his generation. To be taken under his wing in all of these important areas was one of the greatest blessings of my life. Although the Lee and Lam families had had a close relationship for over seven decades, it was not until the passing of my husband, Paulo Lam Sou-Leung, that I developed a more personal relationship with Sir Q.W. and his family. Sir Q.W. encouraged me to join the Hang Seng Bank after I qualified as a... [Lire la suite]

05 octobre 2016

A superb blue and white 'grape' charger, Ming Dynasty, Yongle period (1403-1425)

Lot 3638. A superb blue and white 'grape' charger, Ming Dynasty, Yongle period (1403-1425). Estimate 8,000,000 — 10,000,000 HKD. Photo Sotheby's. very finely potted with rounded sides rising from a short tapered foot to a wide everted rim, superbly painted in rich inky tones of cobalt-blue accented with characteristic 'heaping and piling', the interior decorated with a medallion enclosing three pendent bunches of grapes suspending from a gnarled vine issuing broad curling leaves and coiling tendrils,... [Lire la suite]
22 avril 2012

Plate with grape design. Porcelain with underglaze cobalt decoration. Ming dynasty. Reign of the Xuande Emperor

 Plate with grape design. Porcelain with underglaze cobalt decoration. Ming dynasty (1368-1644), Reign of the Xuande Emperor (1426-1435)..  The Avery Brundage Collection. B65P6.  Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. © 2011 Asian Art Museum H. 3 in x Diam. 14 3/4 in, H. 7.6 cm x Diam. 37.5 cm.  An inscription on the foot of this plate indicates that it once belonged to the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (reigned 1628-1658). Although numerous foreign luxury items were amassed by the Mughals, few... [Lire la suite]
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21 avril 2012

Large serving dish with flowers and grapes. Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration. Ming dynasty, Yongle reign

Large serving dish with flowers and grapes, Ming dynasty, Yongle reign, AD1403–1424. Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration. Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, Sir Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art. British Museum. AN926491001  Potters working at Jingdezhen used a blue-generating cobalt pigment imported from the Middle East or Central Asia at this time. It diffuses in patches through the transparent glaze and after cooling appears black where it has burnt through the glaze and pale blue... [Lire la suite]
02 avril 2012

A blue and white 'grape' charger, Ming Dynasty, Yongle period (1403-1424)

Lot 21. A blue and white 'grape' charger, Ming Dynasty, Yongle period (1403-1424);  37 cm., 14 1/2 in. Estimate 4,000,000-6,000,000 HKD. Lot sold 4,820,000 HKD. Photo Sotheby's with deep rounded sides and an everted rim, painted on the broad flat centre with three pendent bunches of grapes among curling tendrils, broad leaves and withered blossoms, the round ripe grapes shaded in varying cobalt tones creating a three-dimensional effect, surrounded on the cavetto by a composite floral... [Lire la suite]