16 mars 2020

A large Samarqand polychrome slip-painted pottery bowl, Central Asia, 10th century 

Lot 94. A large Samarqand polychrome slip-painted pottery bowl, Central Asia, 10th century; 12.7cm. height; 33.5cm. diam. Estimate: 7,000 - 10,000 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's. of deep rounded form on short foot, the cream slip decorated with bold pseudo-calligraphic inscriptions in dark brown, with burnt ochre knotted motifs and palmettes, simple rippled band around the outside rim, exterior plain. Provenance: Sotheby’s Geneva, 25 June 1985, lot 138. Ex-collection Johannes Hellner... [Lire la suite]

15 janvier 2020

A dark amber-glazed ovoid ewer, Liao dynasty, 10th century

Lot 1483. A dark amber-glazed ovoid ewer, Liao dynasty, 10th century; 6 5/8 in. (17 cm.) high. Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000. Price realised USD 6,875. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The body is decorated with two bands of applied pendent leaf-like appliques above three small medallions, and has a reel-shaped neck, and a grooved strap handle set opposite the conical spout. The vessel is covered with a transparent glaze of deep amber color that falls irregularly onto the slightly spreading... [Lire la suite]
14 janvier 2020

A Cizhou-type white-glazed bowl with 'pie crust' rim, Northern Song dynasty, 10th century

Lot 1178. A Cizhou-type white-glazed bowl with 'pie crust' rim, Northern Song dynasty, 10th century; Bowl 4¾ in. (12 cm.) diam.; jar 3 7/8 in. (9.9 cm.) high. Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 7,000. Price realised USD 8,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The bowl has deep, flared sides that round upwards to the pinched 'pie crust' rim, and is covered inside and out with a glaze of ivory color that falls irregularly onto the knife-cut foot exposing the granular ware. Together with a... [Lire la suite]
14 janvier 2020

A Xingyao flower-form bowl, late Tang-early Northern Song dynasty, 10th century

Lot 1171. A Xingyao flower-form bowl, late Tang-early Northern Song dynasty, 10th century; 4 7/8 in. (12.5 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. Price realised USD 7,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The bowl has flared, rounded sides that are formed as five petals, and is covered inside and out with a clear glaze that falls short of the knife-trimmed foot to expose the fine white body. Provenance: Raymond A. Bidwell (1876-1954) Collection.The Springfield Museums, Springfield,... [Lire la suite]
25 novembre 2019

The Sphinx takes center stage at Penn Museum

© Penn Museum 2019 PHILADELPHIA, PA.- A 25,000-pound monument returned to the limelight, as the centerpiece of the new Sphinx Gallery at the Penn Museum.The colossal red granite Sphinx of Ramses II—history’s most well-known pharaoh who reigned in ancient Egypt for nearly 67 years and fathered more than 100 children—dates back to between 1293 and 1185 BCE. Excavated by the famous archaeologist W. M. Flinders Petrie and his team, it is the largest sphinx in the Western hemisphere and has served as one of the City of... [Lire la suite]
21 août 2019

A rare small Yueyao celadon box and cover, Five Dynasties period, 10th century 

Lot 539. A rare small Yueyao celadon box and cover, Five Dynasties period, 10th century; 3¼ in. (8.2 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 7,000. Price realised USD 5,625. © Christie's Image Ltd 2008. Of almost spherical fruit form, the cover crisply carved with inverted overlapping petals below a slightly depressed roundel applied in the center with a pinched stem, both sections covered inside and out with a lustrous greyish-green glaze that continues onto the countersunk base which retains four marks from the... [Lire la suite]

19 août 2019

10th century & Liao Dynasty Masterpieces of Early Chinese Gold and Silver from Dr. Johan Carl Kempe at Christie's NY

  Lot 576. A rare gold 'kalavinka' hairpin ornament, Liao dynasty (AD 907-1125); 2 in. (5.1 cm) wide; weight 6.1 g. Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2019. The front of the ornament is shaped in repoussé as a bejeweled kalavinka, its hands crossed in front of the chest as it floats amidst clouds. All of the outlines are beaded and it is soldered to a plain gold back.  Provenance: Dr. Johan Carl Kempe (1884-1967) Collection, Sweden, before 1953, no.... [Lire la suite]
15 juin 2019

A white-glazed lobed bowl, 10th century

Lot 5. A white-glazed lobed bowl, 10th century; 12.4cm (4 7/8in) diam. Sold for £ 15,000 (€ 16,836). © Bonhams Rising from a low slightly spreading foot, the deeply rounded sides surmounted by a lobed pie-crust rim, all covered with rich creamy white glaze thinning at the extremities and pooling in the recesses. Provenance: Carl Kempe Collection, no.105 (label)Sotheby's London, 14 May 2008, lot 234. Exhibited and published: Mostra d'Arte Cinese, Venice, 1954, Catalogue, no.354Oriental Ceramic... [Lire la suite]
27 avril 2019

A white-glazed basin, 10th century

Lot 10. A white-glazed basin, 10th century; 23.5 cm, 9 1/4  in. Estimate 10,000 — 15,000 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's the deep rounded sides rising from a flat base to an angled shoulder and flaring rim, covered overall in a creamy-white glaze falling short of the foot to reveal the white body.  Property from the Rui Xiu Lou Collection. Exhibited: Chūgoku tōji yonsen'nen ten. Kaikan nijūgoshūnen kinen [Exhibition of Four Thousand Years of Chinese Ceramics. Twenty-fifth... [Lire la suite]
24 avril 2019

A large slip-painted pottery dish, Samarkand, 10th Century

Lot 18. A large slip-painted pottery dish, Samarkand, 10th Century; 36.7 cm. diam. Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000 (€ 12,000 - 17,000). © Bonhams 2001-2019 of shallow form on a short foot, rising gently to a slightly everted rim, decorated in manganese and tomato-red on a white ground with a central rosette formed from palmettes and split-palmettes, the rim with a band of inscription in floriated kufic  Inscriptions: al-jud min akhlaq ahl ... li-sahibihi, 'Generosity is a disposition of the... [Lire la suite]
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