20 août 2018

Fragment of a painting on paper. “A Harpy”, Egypt, 11th-12th century

Fragment of a painting on paper. “A Harpy”, Egypt, 11th-12th century, 20.5 × 7 cm, Inv. no. 50/1977. © The David Collection, Copenhagen. Very few illustrated manuscripts have been preserved from the period before 1200, but it would be strange if there were not illustrations in some of the books that once stood in the great libraries of Abbasid Baghdad, Umayyad Cordoba, and Fatimid Cairo. We know that monumental painting was used in palace architecture, and Fatimid pottery shows that there were competent painters. We cannot... [Lire la suite]
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07 août 2018

A small russet-glazed bowl, Song dynasty, 11th-12th century

Lot 857. A small russet-glazed bowl, Song dynasty, 11th-12th century; 4 in. (10.4 cm.) diameter. Estimate $2,000 - $3,000. Price Realized $6,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2015 The interior decorated in resist technique with paper-cut decoration of three diamond-shaped, openwork flowers reserved in brown against the variegated, milky buff ground, the exterior covered in a 'tortoiseshell' glaze of dark brown color mottled in beige falling to the small, circular foot, box Provenance: The Collection of Robert H.... [Lire la suite]
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02 août 2018

A Cizhou carved bean-shaped pillow, Song-Jin dynasty, 11th-12th century

Lot 861. A Cizhou carved bean-shaped pillow, Song-Jin dynasty, 11th-12th century; 10 ¾ in. (27.5 cm.) wide. Estimate $20,000 - $3,000. Price Realized $17,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2015 The top carved through the white slip with a large blossoming peony stem reserved on a finely mottled brown ground within a line border, all under a clear glaze. Christie's. THE COLLECTION OF ROBERT HATFIELD ELLSWORTH PART IV - CHINESE WORKS OF ART: METALWORK, SCULPTURE AND EARLY CERAMICS, 20 March... [Lire la suite]
30 juillet 2018

A Rare and Important Bronze Figure of a Seated Yogi, Possibly Padampa Sangye, Tibet, 11th-12th century

Lot 8. A Rare and Important Bronze Figure of a Seated Yogi, Possibly Padampa Sangye Tibet, 11th-12th century; 13 ½ in. (34.2 cm.) high. Estimate USD 1,000,000 - USD 1,500,000. Price realised USD 4,869,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2015. Seated in padmasana, hands resting in dhyanamudra, the Indian mystic sits with a slightly turned head covered in thick tufts of hair, his face with wide-open eyes, rounded nose, and slightly parted lips, his nude fleshy body with a rich patina. ... [Lire la suite]
27 mars 2018

A well-carved Yaozhou celadon bowl, Northern Song-Jin dynasty, 11th-12th century

Lot 1467. A well-carved Yaozhou celadon bowl, Northern Song-Jin dynasty, 11th-12th century; 8 5/8 in. (20.8 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 15,000 - USD 20,000. Price realised USD 68,500. © Christie's Images Ltd., 2011 The sides flared from the foot to an angle where they then flare in a slight curve to the rim, the interior finely carved with two leafy stems that cross in the center, one bearing a single blossom, the other a blossom and a bud, with combed details, all below a single line border,... [Lire la suite]
11 mars 2018

Celadon Double-Gourd Vase, Koryo Dynasty, 11th-12th c. A.D., Korea

Koryo Celadon Double-Gourd Vase, Koryo Dynasty, 11th-12th c. A.D., Korea. Height: 34.9cm © Zetterquist Galleries. A large stoneware vase of double-gourd form, standing on a short rounded foot-rim. The body is decorated with shallowly incised floral decoration typical of the decorative style in the 11th – 12th centuries. The entire vase is covered in a blue-green crackled celadon glaze which fired to a brownish color in patches on the back. There is extensive body cracking on one side, repaired with Japanese... [Lire la suite]
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15 février 2018

A very rare russet-splashed black-glazed dish, Northern Song-Jin dynasty, 11th-12th century

Lot 1157. A very rare russet-splashed black-glazed dish, Northern Song-Jin dynasty, 11th-12th century; 6 5/8 in. (16.9 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 7,000. Price realised USD 23,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 The dish has widely flared sides covered with a lustrous blackish-brown glaze liberally splashed in russet with 'partridge feather mottles' that thins to a yellowish-russet color below the rim and ends in an irregular line above the foot to expose the buff ware, Japanese wood box. ... [Lire la suite]
20 décembre 2017

A Junyao purple-splashed bowl, 11th-12th century

Lot 979. A Junyao purple-splashed bowl, 11th-12th century; 6 1/2in (16.5cm) diameter. Estimate $5,000 - 7,000. Sold for US$ 22,500 (€18,995) inc. premium. © Bonhams 2001-2017 The gently rounded sides, applied overall with a bubble-suffused pale blue glaze thinning to a buff color at the slightly incurved rim, the surfaces enhanced with mottled purple splashes, the thick glaze stopping short of the neatly finished unglazed orange-burnt foot ring. Bonhams. FINE ASIAN WORKS OF ART, 18... [Lire la suite]
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15 décembre 2017

A glazed ceremonial temple stand with iron brown striping, Lý–Trần dynasties, 11th-12th century

Lot 846. A glazed ceremonial temple stand with iron brown striping, Lý–Trần dynasties, 11th-12th century; 4 1/4in (11cm) high. Estimate US$ 3,000 - 5,000 (€2,600 - 4,300). Sold for US$ 1,875 (€1,582). Photo: Bonhams. Formed as a shallow bowl within a lotus flower rising from a waisted stem with a pearl border set within an elaborate waisted pedestal with further lotus petals and pearl border above a stepped base of octagonal section, the celadon-tinged glaze on the exterior walls... [Lire la suite]
22 octobre 2017

A magnificent and very rare carved 'Ding' Basin, Northern Song-Jin Dynasty, 11th-12th Century

Lot 32. A magnificent and very rare carved 'Ding' Basin, Northern Song-Jin Dynasty, 11th-12th Century. Estimate 400,000 — 600,000 USD. Lot sold 464,000 USD. © Sotheby's. finely potted of generous proportions with high rounded sides supported on a narrow upright footring, the interior boldly carved with deft strokes of the knife with a single scene of a carp in a lotus pond, the detailing of the scales cross-hatched and the large tail flexed vigorously upwards, a stand of water grass... [Lire la suite]