25 mai 2019

A fine rare Ding turtle-form tea grinder, Early Northern Song dynasty, 10th-11th century 

Lot 2902. A fine rare Ding turtle-form tea grinder, Early Northern Song dynasty, 10th-11th century; 3 in. (9.5 cm.) long. Estimate HKD 400,000 - HKD 600,000 (USD 51,221 - USD 76,831). © Christie's Image Ltd 2019 The vessel is naturalistically modelled as a turtle with a small curled tail and a short protruding head, the back incised with a honeycomb pattern, glazed in a semi-translucent greenish-white glaze stopping neatly in a circle above the base, revealing the fine, beige biscuit body, box. ... [Lire la suite]

25 mai 2019

An inscribed Ding bowl, Early Northern Song dynasty, 10th-11th century

Lot 2901. An inscribed Ding bowl, Early Northern Song dynasty, 10th-11th century; 6 ¾ in. (17.1 cm.) diam. Estimate: HKD 300,000 - HKD 500,000 (USD 38,416 - USD 64,026). © Christie's Image Ltd 2019 The bowl with curved sides is supported on a thick foot ring, applied inside and out with a lustrous, milky-white glaze. The base is incised through the glaze with the character guan, ‘official’. The foot is unglazed, revealing the fine white body, box. The result of C-Link Research & Development Limited... [Lire la suite]
20 avril 2019

A Fatimid carved aquamarine flask, Egypt, 10th-11th century

Lot 133. A Fatimid carved aquamarine flask, Egypt, 10th-11th century; 6.4cm. height. Estimate 30,000 — 40,000 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's. of cylindrical form on a short spreading foot, with everted rim and inner cylinder, the body decorated with four relief-cut curved and etched stylised vines with upward-pointing palmette terminals. Provenance: Purchased from Michel Albert Manoukian, Paris, 7 April 1969 (receipt on file). Sotheby's. Arts of the Islamic World including Fine... [Lire la suite]
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20 avril 2019

A Fatimid carved glass or obsidian chess piece, Egypt, 10th-11th century

Lot 132. A Fatimid carved glass or obsidian chess piece, Egypt, 10th-11th century; 3.8cm. height. Estimate 30,000 — 40,000 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's. carved with stylised foliate designs and incised dash details. Provenance: Purchased from Michel Albert Manoukian, Paris, 7 April 1969 (receipt on file). Note: The conchoidal fractures on the underside of this piece, combined with its very dark black colour, suggest that it is obsidian, an igneous rock that occurs... [Lire la suite]
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20 avril 2019

A Fatimid carved rock crystal chess piece, Egypt, 10th-11th century

Lot 131. A Fatimid carved rock crystal chess piece, Egypt, 10th-11th century; 3.8cm. Estimate 15,000 — 25,000 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's. of typical form, carved with cut stylised foliate designs and dash details. Provenance: Purchased from Michel Albert Manoukian, Paris, 7 April 1969 (receipt on file). Note: The feat of carving rock crystal, an extremely hard element, was mastered by the Fatimids in the tenth century as evident from the magnificent, but limited, corpus of remaining... [Lire la suite]
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20 février 2019

A silver-inlaid bronze figure of Ganesha, India, Himachal Pradesh, 10th-11th century

Lot 1101. A silver-inlaid bronze figure of Ganesha, India, Himachal Pradesh, 10th-11th century; 5 ¾ in. (14.5 cm.) high. Estimate: US$40,000 - US$60,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019. Seated in lalitasana on the backs of two addorsed lions, holding his broken tusk and a bowl of sweets in his primary hands and a goad and a noose in the others, adorned with a sacred thread across his prominent belly, his elephant-form head surmounted by a foliate tiara, all backed by a conjoined nimbus and... [Lire la suite]

14 février 2019

A rare Cizhou white jar, zhadou, Northern Song dynasty, 10th-11th century

Lot 741. A rare Cizhou white jar, zhadou, Northern Song dynasty, 10th-11th century; 6½ in. (16.5 cm.) wide. Estimate $15,000 - USD 25,000. Price Realized $15,000. © Christie’s Image Ltd 2014. The jar has a compressed globular body divided into five lobes below a widely flared mouth rising to a rim shaped as five bracket-lobed petals. The exterior and interior are covered with a clear glaze over a white slip, with an unglazed circle in the center. The flared, knife-trimmed foot and the base... [Lire la suite]
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31 août 2018

A white-glazed lobed porcelain jar, Five Dynasties-Early Northern Song dynasty, 10th-11th century

Lot 1287. A white-glazed lobed porcelain jar, Five Dynasties-Early Northern Song dynasty, 10th-11th century; 6 ¼ in. (15.6 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 7,000. Unsold. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018. The sides of the globular body are divided into five lobes below the rounded rim, and the jar is covered inside and out with a glaze of ivory tone that falls irregularly above the foot exposing the fine white ware. Provenance: J. J. Lally & Co., New York, 19 March 1993.Peter Scheinman... [Lire la suite]
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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16 août 2018

Ding lobed dish, Northern Song dynasty, 10th-11th century

Ding lobed dish, Northern Song dynasty, 10th-11th century. Diameter: 5 1⁄2  inches, 13.9 cm. Height: 7⁄8  inches, 2.3 cm. © Ben Janssens Oriental Art A white stoneware dish, the broad rim rising steeply from the flat base and divided into six lobes. The exterior of the rim is incised with six lines. The thinly potted stoneware is covered in an ivory tinged glaze that leaves only the outer edge of the rim, where the glaze has been wiped away, unglazed.  The  combination of hard... [Lire la suite]