02 décembre 2020

A rare zitan inlaid 'flowers and bird' brushpot, bitong, 17th century

Lot 138. A rare zitan inlaid 'flowers and bird' brushpot, bitong, 17th century; 12.8cm (5in) high. Estimate HK$ 350,000-450,000. Sold for HK$ 602,500 (€ 64,414). Photo: Bonhams. Of cylindrical form, the body finely carved, inlaid and lacquered with details depicting a long-tailed crested bird perched on a leafy prunus branch bearing mother-of-pearl-inlaid blossoms issuing from the rim, the reverse with further branches and blossoms surrounding rockwork outlined by gold wire, all below a band of key-fret... [Lire la suite]

23 novembre 2020

A rare green enamelled incised 'dragon' dish, Hongzhi six-character mark, 17th century

  Lot 34. A rare green enamelled incised 'dragon' dish, Hongzhi six-character mark, 17th century; 18cm (7 1/8in) diam. Estimate £ 3,000-5,000. Sold for £ 16,312 (€ 18,248). Photo: Bonhams. Provenance: Montague L. Meyer collection, no.352 (label)Sotheby's London, 10 July 1951, lot 109Robert Stanley Hope Smith (1910-1979), collection no.V16, and thence by descent. Note: A similar dish from the Hongzhi period of the same size and shape but with the dragon surrounded by waves, deeply incised... [Lire la suite]
21 novembre 2020

A ge-type washer, 17th century

Lot 23. A ge-type washer, 17th century; 13cm (5 1/8in) diam. Estimate £ 2,500-3,500. Sold for £ 2,167 (€ 2,424). Photo: Bonhams. Finely potted with deep rounded sides rising to an everted rim from a short foot, covered with an opaque glaze of soft greyish-green tone suffused with an intricate matrix of iron-wire crackle and golden threads. Provenance: a European private collection, and thence by descent. Bonhams. Fine Chinese Art, London, 5 Nov 2020
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13 novembre 2020

A rare pale green jade quatrelobed 'lotus' shaped brush washer, 17th century

Lot 136. A rare pale green jade quatrelobed 'lotus' shaped brush washer, 17th century; 12cm (4 3/4in) long. Estimate £ 6,000-8,000. Sold for £ 50,062 (€ 55,821). Courtesy Bonhams. The vessel delicately carved with four fleshy lobed petals with everted rim and pointed leaves, rising from four small shaped feet, the interior crisply carved with four sharp ridges designed to easily clean the brush, the transluscent stone of pale green tone with dark grey-brown striations, huanghuali stand. ... [Lire la suite]
10 novembre 2020

A pair of cloisonné enamel candlesticks, 17th century

  Lot 81. A pair of cloisonné enamel candlesticks, 17th century; 16 ½ in. (42 cm.) high. Estimate GBP 7,500. Price realised GBP 7,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020 Each candlestick is elaborately enamelled to the square-shaped bell-form base, drip plate and stem with numerous lotus blossoms amongst leafy tendrils. Provenance: Acquired in Germany before 1989. Literature: Dr. Gunhild Gabbert Avitabile, Die Ware aus dem Teu.felsland, Chinesische und japanische... [Lire la suite]
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10 novembre 2020

A cloisonné enamel 'dragon and phoenix' lobed basin, 17th century

Lot 80. A cloisonné enamel 'dragon and phoenix' lobed basin, 17th century; 13 ¾ in. (35 cm.) wide. Estimate GBP 15,000 - GBP 25,000. Price realised GBP 27,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020 The deep vessel is brightly enamelled to the interior with a writhing dragon and phoenix in pursuit of the flaming pearl, all amidst coloruful clouds. The wide, lobed cavetto is enamelled with fruiting branches of finger-citron, pomegranate and peach. Provenance: Acquired in Germany before... [Lire la suite]

09 novembre 2020

A rare large green and russet jade 'boy' brush rest, 17th century

Lot 151. A rare large green and russet jade 'boy' brush rest, 17th century; 17cm (6 3/4in) long. Estimate £ 15,000 - £ 20,000. Sold for £ 81,312 (€ 90,122). Courtesy Bonhams. The figure of the boy crisply carved wearing loose flowing tunic and trousers, resting on his belly with his legs raised and arms outstretched as if in flight, the large head finely detailed with incised hair and almond-shaped eyes, the stone of even greyish-green tone with some russet inclusions. Provenance: an English... [Lire la suite]
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09 novembre 2020

An exceptionally rare huanghuali low-back armchair, meiguiyi, 17th century

Lot 88. An exceptionally rare huanghuali low-back armchair, meiguiyi, 17th century; 82cm (32 2/8in) high x 58cm (22 7/8in) wide x 45cm (17 6/8in) deep. Estimate £ 50,000 - £ 80,000. Sold for £ 87,562 (€ 96,829). Courtesy Bonhams. The chair with a rectangular top rail mortised and tenoned to the stiles, inset with a central reticulated panel finely carved with a pair of sinuous and confronted chilong, the stiles continuing through the seat frame and extending as the back legs, the arms... [Lire la suite]
02 novembre 2020

Bonhams Announces Highlights for London Asian Art Week Sales in November

Courtesy Bonhams.  This November, Asian Art in London returns to Bonhams with a series of four sales celebrating centuries of Asian artistry and ingenuity. The four sales comprise: "Asian Art" on 2 November (Knightsbridge), "Fine Netsuke from a French Private Collection" on 4 November (New Bond Street), "Fine Chinese Art" on 5 November (New Bond Street), and "Fine Japanese Art" on 5 November (New Bond Street). Asian ArtLondon Knightsbridge2 November 10:30am GMT Opening the series, Bonhams Knightsbridge Asian Art sale will... [Lire la suite]
01 novembre 2020

A memento mori Janus head rosary bead, Spanish, 17th century

Lot 9. A memento mori Janus head rosary bead, Spanish, 17th century; 21⁄4 in. (5.5 cm.) high, 31⁄4 in. (8.5 cm.) high, overall. Estimate: GBP 800 - GBP 1,200 (USD 1,008 - USD 1,512). © Christie's Images Ltd 2020. bone; with a head of Christ to one side and a skull to the reverse; with a silver filigree pendant mount, hung from a modern metal stand. Provenance: A private collection, London. Christie's. Finch and Co’s Cabinet of... [Lire la suite]
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