23 février 2015

A small polychrome 'Dragon-Fish' dish, Ming dynasty, 16th century

A small polychrome 'Dragon-Fish' dish, Ming dynasty, 16th century. Estimate 15,000 — 20,000 USD. Photo Sotheby's. the curved sides rising to slightly everted rim, on a tapered and undercut footring, the interior painted in iron-red, green, turquoise and yellow enamels with a lively winged dragon-fish chasing a flaming pearl within a double ring, the underside with two similar dragons amidst flaming cloud-scrolls, the base with an apocryphal six-character mark Zhengtong bingchen nian... [Lire la suite]
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23 février 2015

A 'Fahua' 'Peony'  bowl, Ming dynasty, 16th century

A 'Fahua' 'Peony'  bowl, Ming dynasty, 16th century. Estimate 80,000 — 100,000 USD. Photo Sotheby's. the steeply rounded sides with finely applied trails of slip forming three large white flowering peony issuing from turquoise-glazed stems and leaves, all reserved on a deep aubergine ground, the rim and interior covered in an opaque turquoise glaze, Japanese Edo period wood box. Diameter 7 3/8  in., 18.9 cm Notes: Fahua wares from the time of their production in the latter half of... [Lire la suite]
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12 août 2014

A mother-of-pearl-inlaid black lacquer barbed dish, Ming dynasty, 16th century 

A mother-of-pearl-inlaid black lacquer barbed dish, Ming dynasty, 16th century. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2008 The interior decorated with four elegant ladies standing beneath a willow tree in a lush gated garden with bamboo and rockwork below dense composite floral scroll in the petal-lobed well, the exterior with nine leafy S-shaped scrolls; 9 7/8 in. (25 cm.) diam., wood box. Estimate $15,000 - $20,000. Price Realized $18,750  Notes: Compare the mother-of-pearl-inlaid black lacquer octagonal... [Lire la suite]
12 août 2014

A rare mother-of-pearl-inlaid black lacquer dish, Ming dynasty, 16th century

A rare mother-of-pearl-inlaid black lacquer dish, Ming dynasty, 16th century. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2008 The dish of quatrefoil form elaborately inlaid in the recessed center panel with mother-of-pearl with a luohan seated beneath a pine tree upon a large rock and dressed in open robes tied at the waist, his right hand raised holding a ring which he uses to beckon a tiger gazing back at him from across a narrow stream, framed by four shaped cartouches containing lotus scroll reserved on a diaper ground, the... [Lire la suite]
09 août 2014

Some famous Baroque Pearls

Flemish manufacture. Pendant depicting Hercules, gold, enamel and pearl, Scaramazza, 16th century,via Christie"s Geneva Flemish manufacture. Pendant in the form of a marine animal in gold, enamel, precious pearl piettre, Scaramazza, 16th century, via Christie"s Geneva. "The Canning Jewel". Flemish manufacture. Gold, precious stones, pearl Scaramazza from 16th century, Victoria and Albert Museum, London © Victoria Albert Museum. Dutch Manufacture, 16th century, gold and enamel pendant with baroque pearl in the form of a... [Lire la suite]
08 août 2014

Goblet, glass, Venice, 16th century

Goblet, glass, Venice, 16th century; tall with straight sides, widening slightly at rim; ornamented throughout with latticinio reticelli and gilding; wide, slightly flattened base-ring. Height: 15.7 centimetres. Diameter: 10.7 centimetres. Purchased from: William Wareham. 1873,1029.1. British Museum. © Trustees of the British Museum. Bibliography: Tait, Hugh, The Golden Age of Venetian Glass, London, British Museum, BMP, 1979
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29 juillet 2014

Chinese export ceramic "chicken" water dropper for the Asian market, 16th century, Ming dynasty

Chinese export ceramic "chicken" water dropper for the Asian market, 16th century, Ming dynasty. Photo courtesy Alberto Varela Santos Height: 8,5 cm, 3 in. - SOLD. Bibliography: -Chinese Blue and White by D. Macintosh, fig. 68; -The Blue and White Porcelain of China by B. Till, fig. 14; -Chinese Blue & White Ceramics by S.T.Yeo & J.Martin, plate 35. Alberto Varela Santos. www.santoslondon.com · santos@santoslondon.com · albertovsantos@aol.com
24 juillet 2014

The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive presents 'Looking Intently: The James Cahill Legacy'

Dai Jin: Summer Trees Casting Shade, 15th century; ink and colors on silk; 78 x 42 1/8 in.; purchase made possible through gifts from an anonymous donor, Robert Bloch, the Warren King Family, Jane Lurie, Kirsten and Terry Michelsen, and other Friends of the Asian Gallery. BERKELEY, CA.- The late James Cahill, Professor Emeritus at UC Berkeley, was known as a brilliant scholar, exceptional teacher and writer, and extraordinary connoisseur and collector of Chinese and Japanese paintings. He began collecting in the mid-1950s... [Lire la suite]
19 juillet 2014

Tea Bowl with a design of a fence and distant mountains; named ‘Yamaji’, Shino type, Mino ware,Momoyama period, 16th century

Tea Bowl with a design of a fence and distant mountains; named ‘Yamaji’, Shino type, Mino ware,Momoyama period, 16th century. Stoneware with underglaze iron decoration. H.10.3 MD.13.6×12.0 BD.5.7 ©2014 MOA MUSEUM OF ART
19 juillet 2014

Tea Bowl, named ‘Ayame’, Raku ware, By Chojiro, Momoyama period, 16th century

Tea Bowl, named ‘Ayame’, Raku ware, By Chojiro, Momoyama period, 16th century. H.8.9 MD.10.2 BD.4.6 ©2014 MOA MUSEUM OF ART Raku tea bowls made by Chōjirō reflect the ideals of Sen-no-Rikyū and have features that are truly Japanese in character. This piece, named Ayame, is a masterpiece by Chōjirō. The matte black glaze covering the entire bowl has spots of a blackish-brown hue called kase, giving the bowl a quiet refinement. The mouth rim bends inward and the body has a slight groove around the waist. The bowl is said to have been... [Lire la suite]
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