15 janvier 2018

A boxwood 'lingzhi' ruyi sceptre, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century

Lot 3164. A boxwood 'lingzhi' ruyi sceptre, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century; 40.5 cm., 15 7/8  in. Estimate 200,000 — 300,000 HKD. Lot sold 250,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's 2013 naturalistically carved in openwork in the form of a gnarled branch of lingzhi, the terminal shaped in the form of a large fungus head, the crooked shaft issuing a secondary sprig sprouting an attendant fungus and a third fungus at the... [Lire la suite]

28 décembre 2017

A pale celadon jade carving of a crab, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century

Lot 250. A pale celadon jade carving of a crab, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century; length 4 in., 10.2 cm. Est. 50,000 — 70,000 USD. Lot sold 62,500 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. finely carved in the round as a crab from a pale celadon stone utilizing the russet inclusions to enhance the carving, realistically rendered with eight limbs and two large pinchers, wreathed by long slender bending stems bearing a bloom, pod and pad of lotus and an ear of millet, wood stand (2). ... [Lire la suite]
20 décembre 2017

An inscribed Dehua porcelain incense burner, 17th-18th century

Lot 985. An inscribed Dehua porcelain incense burner, 17th-18th century; 6in (15.3cm) wide across handles. Estimate $2,000 - 3,000. Sold for US$ 3,750 (€3,165) inc. premium. © Bonhams 2001-2017 The bombé form vessel supported on a tall, splayed foot, rising to an everted rim, flanked at the sides with a pair of lion mask handles, one side of the rounded walls incised with an inscription reading xiang ai jing yutang (the fragrant mist purifies the Jade Hall), the foot pad and a partial of the... [Lire la suite]
12 décembre 2017

An extraordinary finely carved rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th-18th century

Lot 25. An extraordinary finely carved rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th-18th century. H 11,5 - B 15 - D 10,5 cm - Weight: 467g. Courtesy Carlo Bonte the flaring sides finely carved in partial openwork with scholars strolling underneath trees in a rocky landscape and a fishing boat by the shore, a large rock to the inside upon which grows a pine tree, the flat base carved with stylised waves. Art Asiatique chez Salle des Ventes Carlo Bonte, 20 8000 Brugge (Belgique), le 12 Décembre 2017 à 10h00
29 novembre 2017

A rhinoceros horn 'rocky landscape' libation cup, 17th-18th century

Lot 54. A rhinoceros horn 'rocky landscape' libation cup, 17th-18th century. Estimate HK$100,000 - 150,000 (US$13,000 - 19,000 ). Sold for HK$ 1,500,000 (€162,460). Photo: Bonhams. Intricately and crisply carved in various levels of relief with a continuous landscape encircling a wooded pavilion surrounded by gnarled pine and wutong trees, all amidst large rocky outcrops with the fast-flowing river cascading through the jagged cliffs, the openwork handle in the form of further gnarled... [Lire la suite]
29 novembre 2017

A rare rhinoceros horn 'lotus leaf' libation cup, 17th-18th century

Lot 54. A rare rhinoceros horn 'lotus leaf' libation cup, 17th-18th century. Estimate HK$80,000 - 120,000 (US$10,000 - 15,000 ). Sold for HK$ 750,000 (€81,230). Photo: Bonhams. The furled lotus leaf cup carved in delicate detail with naturalistic veins running down the exterior, deftly depicting a toad and three snails under the rim issuing from long leafy meandering stems bearing lotus leaves, blooms and pods, the horn of honey-brown tone darkening towards the tip. 19cm (7 1/2in) long ... [Lire la suite]

29 novembre 2017

An important european private collection of exceptional rhinoceros horn carvings sold at Bonhams Hong Kong, 28 nov 2017

Photo: Bonhams. Lot 48. An exceptionally rare rhinoceros horn 'boys and goat' libation cup, 17th-18th century. Estimate HK$500,000 - 800,000 (US$64,000 - 100,000). Sold for HK$ 3,700,000 (€398,943). Photo: Bonhams. Exquisitely carved as a naturalistic large lotus leaf flaring towards the rim to form a deep vessel, the exterior further carved with smaller leafy branches of lotus bud and lotus leaves, all borne on long stems grasped by two men with one men sitting on a recumbent goat and the other accompanied by a boy,... [Lire la suite]
12 novembre 2017

A rare rhinoceros horn 'pine and cliff' libation cup, 17th-18th century

Lot 156. A rare rhinoceros horn 'pine and cliff' libation cup, 17th-18th century. Estimate GBP 10,000-15,000. Sold for £27,500 (€31,119). Courtesy Bonhams. Crisply carved around the exterior with wutong, cypress and pine trees against angular rocky outcrops, two large pine trees forming the handle with further gnarled branches and pine-needles emerging through the interior in high relief, a swirling stream at the base, the horn of reddish-brown tone. 10.5cm (4 1/8in) long. Provenance: an English... [Lire la suite]
12 novembre 2017

A rare rhinoceros horn leaf-shaped libation cup, 17th-18th century

Lot 152. A rare rhinoceros horn leaf-shaped libation cup, 17th-18th century. Estimate GBP  5,000 ~ 8,000. Sold for £22,500 (€25,461). Courtesy Bonhams. The dark-chocolate-toned horn well carved in the form of a curling artemisia leaf with incised veins, the handle formed of entwined branches issuing further leaves and flowers. 9cm (3 1/2in) long. Provenance: an important European private collection.  Published and Illustrated: J.Chapman, The Art of Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China, London,... [Lire la suite]
04 novembre 2017

A rare pair of Huanghuali horseshoe-back armchairs, Quanyi, 17th-18th century

Lot 146. A rare pair of Huanghuali horseshoe-back armchairs, Quanyi, 17th-18th century. Estimate GBP 200,000 - GBP 400,000 (USD 260,800 - USD 521,600). © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 On each chair the sweeping crest rail terminates in outswept hooks above shaped spandrels, and forms an elegant curve above the S-shaped splat carved with a ruyi-head roundel enclosing confronted chilong dragons and flanked by shaped spandrels. The rear posts continue to form the back legs below the rectangular frame... [Lire la suite]