17 juin 2018

A rare Ming sancai glazed stoneware figure of Guanyin, Ming dynasty, 16th century

Lot 3767. A rare Ming sancai glazed stoneware figure of Guanyin, Ming dynasty, 16th century; 35 3/8 in. (89.8 cm.) high. Estimate HKD 2,200,000 - HKD 2,800,000. Price Realized HKD 4,580,000. © Christie's Images Ltd. 2011 The Bodhisattva seated in rajalilasana with one leg pendant and the other raised on the rocky outcrop, with both hands clasped around the right knee, her corpulent figure draped in loose fiiting green robes tied high above the waist with the upper chest exposed, the... [Lire la suite]

04 juin 2018

A cloisonné enamel dish decorated with Daoist Immortals, China, Ming dynasty, 16th century

Lot 186. A cloisonné enamel dish decorated with Daoist Immortals, China, Ming dynasty, 16th century. Diameter 20.5 cm. Estimate CHF 8 000 / 12 000 (€ 6 670 / 10 000). Sold for CHF 22 100. Courtesy Koller.  The figural decoration in the center, surrounded by the eight Buddhist emblems on blue ground. On the reverse lotus scrolls on blue ground on the base and on turquoise ground on the well. Enamels slightly worn. Koller. Asian Art: Himalaya, China - Wednesday 06 June 2018 10.00 AM
04 juin 2018

A cloisonné enamel 'lotus and grapes' vase, meiping, 16th century

Lot 16. A cloisonné enamel 'lotus and grapes' vase, meiping, 16th century; 19.4cm (7 1/2in) high. Estimate HK$80,000 - 100,000. Sold for HK$ 87,500 (€ 9,501). Courtesy Bonhams. Vividly enamelled in dark blue, green, yellow, red and white with grapevines amidst leafy tendrils, between a band of scrolling lotus and upright plantain leaves, all reserved on a turquoise ground. Note: The subject matter of grapes growing in large clusters on vines was popular during the Ming dynasty, representing the... [Lire la suite]
28 mai 2018

A blue and white 'dragon' double-gourd vase, Ming dynasty, 16th century

Lot 492. A blue and white 'dragon' double-gourd vase, Ming dynasty, 16th century; 45.5 cm, 17 7/8  in. Estimate 30,000 — 40,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's. deftly painted with three five-clawed dragons soaring sinuously amidst flames and lingzhi-shaped clouds above crashing waves, one around the upper bulb and two on the lower, interrupted by lappet bands encircling the constricted waist, all between a border of pendent plantain leaves at the mouth and upright lappets skirting the foot. Note:... [Lire la suite]
28 mai 2018

An iron-red ground, green and blue and white porcelain double-gourde vase, China, Ming dynasty, 16th century

Lot 109. An iron-red ground, green and blue and white porcelain double-gourde vase, China, Ming dynasty, 16th century. H. : 45 cm (17 ½ in.) Estimation : 10 000 € / 15 000 €. Lot sold 28,600 EUR. Courtesy Artcurial La partie inférieure bombée, à décor de lions bouddhiques, qilin, pivoines et rinceaux, le centre orné de motifs géométriques et rinceaux, le bulbe supérieur émaillé de phénix, pivoines et rinceaux sur fond rouge, la bordure du col agrémenté de cartouches de fruits et fleurs sur fond d'écaille. Art... [Lire la suite]
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24 avril 2018

New book explores the Chester Beatty Library's 16th-century Ruzbihan Qur'an

Elaine Wright – Lapis and Gold, Exploring Chester Beatty’s Ruzbihan Qur’an. LONDON.- The Islamic Collections of the Chester Beatty Library are amongst the finest in existence, and are internationally renowned for their high quality. The Library’s 16th-century Ruzbihan Qur’an—produced in the city of Shiraz in southwest Iran—is one of the most splendid Islamic manuscripts known. In both material and workmanship it is exquisite: lapis lazuli and gold, the two most expensive pigments available, are used on every page, while... [Lire la suite]

01 avril 2018

A carved wood memento mori skull, Germany, 16th century

Lot 3008. A carved wood memento mori skull, Germany, 16th century; 20.9 cm, 8 1/4  in. Estimate 120,000 — 180,000 HKD. Lot Sold 150,000 HKD. © Sotheby's 2018. powerfully carved in the form of a human skull consisting of the cranium and upper jaws, the cadaverous face rendered being stripped of its remaining flesh with several teeth missing, covered with a monochromatic layer of brown paint. The outcome of Carbon-14 testing is consistent with the dating of this lot. ... [Lire la suite]
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25 mars 2018

A large blue and white bowl, Ming dynasty, 16th century

Lot 724. A large blue and white bowl, Ming dynasty, 16th century; 13 ½ in. (34.3 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 18,000. Price realised USD 5,625. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018 The deep sides are boldly decorated on the exterior with two scenes of the 'Three Friends of Winter' (prunus, pine and bamboo), the scenes divided by two tall rock formations, and with a pair of birds perched in the branches of the prunus trees, while in the center of the interior is a medallion of a hawk perched... [Lire la suite]
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25 mars 2018

A Kinrande ewer and cover, Ming dynasty, 16th century

Lot 727. A kinrande ewer and cover, Ming dynasty, 16th century; 10 in. (25.4 cm.) high. Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 10,000. Price realised USD 15,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018  The ewer has a pear-shaped body decorated in iron red, green, turquoise and black with two large tear drop-shaped panels reserved on the iron-red diaper ground, and with two peony sprig-filled quatrefoil panels, one positioned beneath the S-shaped strut that attaches the elongated spout to the waisted... [Lire la suite]
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21 mars 2018

A Ming blue and white tripod censer, Ming dynasty, 16th century

Lot 2211. A Ming blue and white tripod censer, Ming dynasty, 16th century; 10 in. (25.5 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 100,000 - HKD 150,000. Price realised HKD 125,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2012 The censer of cylindrical form has the body decorated in relief with the eight trigrams below bands of floral and ruyi-shaped lappets separated by a bowstring band. Around the base is a border of floral scrolls interrupted by three lion-mask cabriole legs. The interior and base are unglazed, Japanese... [Lire la suite]
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