24 mars 2020

A superbly cast gilt-bronze figure of Avalokiteshvara, Ming Dynasty, 16th century

Lot 3048. A superbly cast gilt-bronze figure of Avalokiteshvara, Ming Dynasty, 16th century; 66 cm., 26 in. Estimate 3,000,000 — 4,000,000 HKD. Lot Sold 6,020,000 HKD. Photo Sotheby's finely cast seated with legs crossed and soles of the feet facing upwards in dhyanasana, with hands joined in uttarabodhimudra, wearing a long flowing robe with delicately incised hems falling in folds onto the base, the finely cast features of the face depicting a calm expression... [Lire la suite]

24 mars 2020

A large gilt-bronze figure of a multi-armed Avalokitesvara, Ming dynasty, 16th century

Lot 3047. A large gilt-bronze figure of a multi-armed Avalokitesvara, Ming dynasty, 16th century; 52 cm., 20 1/2 in. Estimate 500,000 — 700,000 HKD. Lot Sold 1,040,000 HKD. Photo Sotheby's finely cast with four heads and forty-eight arms seated in vajraparyankasana on a lotus flower, his principal hands held together before his chest in anjalimudra, supporting a kalasha vessel on his lap, with the attendant arms fanning out from the body each... [Lire la suite]
17 mars 2020

A rare and important Venetian parade shield, Italy, 16th century

Lot 120. A rare and important Venetian parade shield, Italy, 16th century; 58cm. diam. Estimate: 30,000 - 50,000 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's. constructed of wood with leather covering, lacquered with a deep red ground featuring tooled and gilt design of scrolling vines terminating in split palmettes, leaves and flowerheads. Provenance: Ex-private collection, Switzerland, pre-1991. Note: Locked in an enduring bittersweet relationship driven by commerce and trade as much as looting and... [Lire la suite]
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16 mars 2020

A Safavid agate-set parcel-gilt seal ring, Persia, 16th century

Lot 114. A Safavid agate-set parcel-gilt seal ring, Persia, 16th century; 2.6cm. height, 2.2cm. diam. Estimate: 8,000 - 12,000 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's. the flat round chalcedony seal incised with thuluth script reading 'Muhammad, 'Ali, Hassan', set within a frame with strapwork motifs, the shoulder and sides of the silver hoop applied with intricately worked gold foliate decoration and pointed base, underside with incised lozenge-shaped motif. Provenance: Ex-private collection, Germany.... [Lire la suite]
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05 mars 2020

A finely carved late Ming three-colour lacquer dish, Ming dynasty, 16th century

Lot 2031. A finely carved late Ming three-colour lacquer dish, Ming dynasty, 16th century; 6 1/2 in. (16.5cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 150,000 - HKD 200,000. Price realised HKD 275,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2010 Finely carved to the central medallion with a barbed quatrefoil panel enclosing a full-faced dragon supporting wan emblems above his head on either side of a 'flaming pearl' against a yellow diaper-ground, the dragon reserved on a dark green diaper-ground, all... [Lire la suite]
07 février 2020

A cloisonné enamel 'dragon' moonflask, Ming dynasty, 16th century

Lot 438. A cloisonné enamel 'dragon' moonflask, Ming dynasty, 16th century; 29.8cm., 11 7/8 in. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 GBP. Lot sold 37,250 GBP. © Sotheby's. the flattened circular body rising from a straight foot to a cylindrical neck, flanked by a pair of ruyi handles, brightly decorated to the front and back with a sinuous dragon amongst meandering lotus scrolls, all reserved on a turquoise ground, the handles with stylised ruyi clouds. Provenance: A French... [Lire la suite]

11 janvier 2020

A rare polychrome-decorated dish, Ming dynasty, 16th century

Lot 1521. A rare polychrome-decorated dish, Ming dynasty, 16th century; 12 1/8 in. (30.7 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 7,000. Price realised USD 5,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2013.  The dish has rounded sides and is decorated in iron red, and green and yellow glaze in the center with a scene of a woman greeting an official on horseback in a landscape with mountains in the distance below a band of chrysanthemum scroll in the well. A band of peony scroll encircles the exterior. A four-character mark,... [Lire la suite]
27 décembre 2019

A Yunnan-style carved cinnabar lacquer 'floral' circular box and cover, Ming dynasty, 16th century

Lot 3509. A Yunnan-style carved cinnabar lacquer 'floral' circular box and cover, Ming dynasty, 16th century; 8 in. (20.1 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 220,000 - HKD 280,000. Price Realized HKD 250,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2014 The cover with gently rounded sides is shallowly carved in the central medallion with two large peony blooms surrounded by dense foliage, the sides similarly carved with four large blooms amidst lush leaves and tendrils, repeated on the sides of the box. The interior and... [Lire la suite]
25 décembre 2019

A rare Longquan celadon 'Luduan' censer and cover, Ming dynasty, 16th century

Lot 3413. A rare Longquan celadon 'Luduan' censer and cover, Ming dynasty, 16th century; 6 in. (15 cm.) high. Estimate HKD 150,000 - HKD 200,000. Price Realized HKD 187,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2014. The censer is modelled as a luduan, standing foursquare with its tail flicked upwards. Its head is modelled separately as cover with a single horn. Its mouth is left slightly agape exposing its teeth and fangs. It is covered overall in a pale celadon glaze, Japanese wood box. Provenance: The... [Lire la suite]
14 décembre 2019

A rare blue and white 'Buddhist Lion' water sprinkler, Ming Dynasty, 16th century

Lot 85. A rare blue and white 'Buddhist Lion' water sprinkler, Ming Dynasty, 16th century; 22 cm, 8⅝ in. Estimate: 25,000 - 35,000 EUR. Lot sold: 32,500 EUR. © Sotheby's. la panse globulaire reposant sur un pied élargi, peinte de trois lions bouddhistes, surmontée de trois frises stylisées et florales, l'épaulement garni de six anses tubulaires réunies en partie supérieure en un col élargi. Note: Two sprinklers of this very rare shape, both similarly decorated with three buddhist lions... [Lire la suite]