29 août 2019

Bonhams New York to offer four Asian art sales on September 9 and 11

  NEW YORK, NY.- On September 9 and 11, Bonhams will offer four Asian art sales — Fine Chinese Snuff Bottles, Chinese Works of Art, Property from the Collection of Drs. Edmund and Julie Lewis Part I, and Fine Japanese and Korean Art. The sales present 700 lots of quality and rarity that span centuries ranging from sculpture, ceramics, prints, paintings, among others. Public exhibitions begin September 5. In conjunction with the sales, Bonhams will also host a day of lectures on September 7 and 9, featuring guest... [Lire la suite]

21 août 2019

A very rare and important gilt-bronze figure of a seated bodhisattva, Five Dynasties-Liao dynasty, 10th-11th century 

Lot 396. A very rare and important gilt-bronze figure of a seated bodhisattva, Five Dynasties-Liao dynasty, 10th-11th century; 8¼ in. (21 cm.) high. Estimate USD 1,000,000 - USD 1,500,000. Price realised USD 2,505,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2008. The slender, elegant figure exceptionally well cast and seated in dhyanasana, the right hand raised in abhyamudra and the left held out in front, wearing a ruyi head cloud-collar incised with lotus scroll over a thick breastplate above the... [Lire la suite]
14 août 2019

A rare and intact Fatimid lustre jar, Egypt, 10th-11th century

Lot 84. A rare and intact Fatimid lustre jar, Egypt, 10th-11th century; 10in. (25.4cm.) high. Estimate GBP 200,000 - GBP 300,000. Price realised GBP 217,875. © Christie's Image Ltd 2013 Of elegant baluster form with gently tapering neck and flaring rim, the white ground painted in golden lustre with a register of bold fleur de lys on a ground of scrolling vine contained inside drop-shaped cartouches, the neck with a further fleur de lys contained within heart-shaped cartouches,... [Lire la suite]
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11 août 2019

A rare Yaozhou celadon flower-shaped bowl, Five Dynasties, 10th-11th century

Lot 1330. A rare Yaozhou celadon flower-shaped bowl, Five Dynasties, 10th-11th century ; 5¼ in. (13.3 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 40,000 - USD 60,000. Price realised USD 50,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2010. Thinly potted with wide, flaring sides divided into five petal lobes by deep grooves on the exterior and corresponding high ridges on the interior, decorated in the center with a molded bird-form appliqué, covered inside and out and on the base with a glaze of even pale silvery-green tone, the whole supported on a short foot... [Lire la suite]
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]