31 mars 2020

A very large huanghuali brushpot, Qing Dynasty, 17th-18th century

Lot 3319. A very large huanghuali brushpot, Qing Dynasty, 17th-18th century; diameter 28 cm., 11 in. Estimate 400,000 — 600,000 HKD. Lot Sold 524,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's. carved from a single section of tree trunk of wide cylindrical form, the wood of rich reddish-brown color with characteristics 'fur' markings, wood stand. Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 08 april 2011

25 mars 2020

An exceedingly rare and unusually large huanghuali floor stand, Late Ming-Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century

Lot 3611. An exceedingly rare and unusually large huanghuali floor stand, Late Ming-Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century; 67 1/4 in. (170.8 cm.) high x 43 3/4 in. (111.1 cm.) wide x 19 5/8 in. (49.8 cm.) deep. Estimate HKD 3,000,000 - HKD 5,000,000. Price Realized HKD 9,620,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011.  With crest rail terminating in upswept lingzhi heads above openwork spandrels flanking the upper section, inset with reticulated panels, the design continuing down either... [Lire la suite]
20 mars 2020

A large archaistic rhinoceros horn libation cup, Late Ming-Early Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century

Lot 2914. A large archaistic rhinoceros horn libation cup, Late Ming-Early Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century; 7 1/8 in. (18.1 cm.) wide. Estimate HKD 2,500,000 - HKD 3,500,000. Price Realized HKD 3,260,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011 The vessel of elegantly shaped tapering form, carved in medium relief around the sides with stylised taotie masks on a leiwen ground divided at the sides and front of the cup by vertical bands of square geometric cartouches, the... [Lire la suite]
20 mars 2020

A very rare finely-carved raft-form rhinoceros horn pouring waterdropper, late Ming early Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century

Lot 2913. A very rare finely-carved raft-form rhinoceros horn pouring waterdropper, late Ming early Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century; 9 5/8 in. (24.5 cm.) long. Estimate HKD 10,000,000 - HKD 15,000,000. Price Realized HKD 13,540,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011 Finely carved as Zhang Qian floating down the Yangzi river in a hollowed log, carved on the base with swirling waves and tapering at the front into a curved spout sprouting emerging from waves crashing over the bow, the Han... [Lire la suite]
20 mars 2020

A bamboo 'pine' water pot, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century

Lot 3355. A bamboo 'pine' water pot, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century; 3 in. (7.5 cm.) wide. Estimate HKD 280,000 - HKD 400,000. Price Realized HKD 350,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013  The hollowed receptacle is carved around the sides with gnarled protrusions, nodules and scaly bark, with a stout pine branch rising to one side and dividing into subsidiary branches, each bearing clusters of pine needles enveloping the sides and resting on the rim. The base and the sides are incised... [Lire la suite]
16 mars 2020

Explore the arts of the Islamic world & Asia with over 300 lots on view at Sotheby's London

LONDON.- The sale will offer thirty-five beautiful pieces from the collection of the late H. Peter Stern, an avid traveller who co-founded the Storm King Art Center – the world’s most important modern sculpture garden – and served as Vice Chair of the World Monuments Fund. His pursuit of a ‘global idyll’ is reflected in his collection, with Ottoman mounted panels of silk and velvet brocade and Mughal velvet tent hangings, adorned with floral motifs, sitting alongside delicate architectural Company School watercolours. Stern... [Lire la suite]

08 mars 2020

A rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th-18th century

Lot 1287. A rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th-18th century; 7 3/16 in. (18.2 cm.) long, 276.7g. Estimate 20,000 - USD 30,000. Price realised USD 158,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2010 Deeply carved on the exterior with intertwining branches of plum blossoms that rise from the base, which is formed by waves, and extend around the sides to form a bifurcated handle at one end, the interior carved as a large open flower with overlapping petals. Provenance: From the collection of Ethel Gunton Douglas, acquired in the... [Lire la suite]
26 février 2020

A rare embellished zitan rectangular box and cover, 17th-18th century

Lot 1402. A rare embellished zitan rectangular box and cover, 17th-18th century; 10½ in. (26.7 cm.) long. Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000. Price realised USD USD 20,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011 The top of the cover inlaid in mother-of-pearl, hardstone and horn with an unusual scene of two foreign merchants, one leading an angry-looking monkey by a silver wire rope, the other with demon-like face carrying a staff hung with a double-gourd flask, with rocks in the foreground and clouds above, the... [Lire la suite]
26 février 2020

A rare small embellished zitan tray, 17th-18th century

Lot 1400. A rare small embellished zitan tray, 17th-18th century; 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm.) wide. Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 7,000. Price realised USD USD 47,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011 With shallow sides, the interior finely inlaid with a scene of a scholar contemplating a large overhanging vine-hung pine branch that extends from a rock face joined by a bridge to the rocky promontory on which he sits, all in soapstone and mother-of-pearl, the rim inlaid in silver wire with key fret, raised on four shallow... [Lire la suite]
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25 février 2020

A rare engraved polychrome-lacquered square seal box, 17th-18th century

Lot 1428. A rare engraved polychrome-lacquered square seal box, 17th-18th century; 6 15/16 in. (17.6 cm.) high, 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm.) square. Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000. Price realised USD USD 22,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011 The cover engraved on each side with a front-facing dragon leaping amidst scrolling clouds and above crashing waves, framed by a border of key fret, the base with two bands of lotus lappets, all in black, white, green, red and ochre lacquer.  Provenance: Acquired in... [Lire la suite]