18 août 2018

Twelve rhinoceros horn libation cups at Christie's New York, 22 March 2007

Lot 144. A finely carved rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th-18th century; 6 1/8 in. (15.5 cm.) long. Estimate USD 80,000 - USD 120,000. Price realised USD 228,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2007. The exterior finely carved and meticulously detailed with scholars and attendants in a wooded retreat, on one side a scholar is shown seated in front of a screen as he paints while watched by two other scholars and an attendant, with another attendant heating a pot of wine in the foreground, on the reverse a woman and an... [Lire la suite]

16 août 2018

Eight rhinoceros horn cups at Christie's, New York, 24 March 2011

Lot 1455. A rare carved rhinoceros horn cup, 17th century; 7 1/8 in. (18.2 cm) long. Estimate USD 200,000 - USD 300,000. Price realised USD 458,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011 Finely carved inside and out as a lotus leaf rising from a base of churning waves in which seven sinuous chilong weave in and out with two larger openwork chilong forming the handle and one in the interior, the material of deep honey tone. Provenance: Acquired in Philadelphia in the early 1930s, and... [Lire la suite]
07 août 2018

A small lobed gilt-splashed bronze censer, 17th-18th century

Lot 587. A small lobed gilt-splashed bronze censer, 17th-18th century. Length  3 1/8  in., 8 cm. Estimate 8,000 — 10,000 USD. Lot sold 23,750 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. of quatrefoil section, the lobes tapering towards the base and set to either side with lion-mask handles cast in high relief, all raised on four cabriole legs terminating in pad feet, the greenish-brown patina with numerous gilt 'splashes' in varying sizes, the base with an apocryphal Xuande mark.  ... [Lire la suite]
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07 août 2018

A large gilt-splashed bronze censer, 17th-18th century

Lot 589. A large gilt-splashed bronze censer, 17th-18th century. Width 14 in., 35.5 cm. Estimate 12,000 — 18,000 USD. Lot sold 23,750 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. of compressed globular form below a short waisted neck with flat wide rim, supported by three short cabriole legs, flanked on each side with two loop handles issuing from animal-masks, the bronze of a dark brown patina with irregular gilt splashes, the base with an apocryphal six-character Xuande mark in relief, with wood stand and cover (3). ... [Lire la suite]
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05 août 2018

A superb yellow jade hexagonal vase, gu, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century

Lot 3670. A superb yellow jade hexagonal vase, gu, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century; 18.8 cm., 7 3/8  in. Estimate 2,500,000 — 3,000,000 HKD. Lot Sold 7,000,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby’s. of compressed hexagonal section and of archaistic gu form, the central section with rounded sides resting on a hollow splayed foot and surmounted by a tall flared neck, the mid-section incised with archaistic scrolls, the neck and foot with archaistic upright and pendent cicada... [Lire la suite]
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17 juin 2018

An exquisitely carved rhinoceros horn libation cup, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century

Lot 3756. An exquisitely carved rhinoceros horn libation cup, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century; 6 1/2 in. (16.6 cm.) wide. Estimate HK$5,000,000 - HK$7,000,000 ($650,000 - $900,000). Price Realized HK$6,620,000 ($854,928). © Christie's Images Ltd. 2011  The thick irregular sides superbly carved as a tapering knotted hibiscus branches issuing from the exterior to form the handle, growing smaller branches bearing hibiscus flowers enveloping the sides of the cup and extending over to the... [Lire la suite]

05 juin 2018

An important and extremely rare tianhuang seal made for An Qi, Early Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century

Lot 2948. An important and extremely rare tianhuang seal made for An Qi, Early Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century; 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm.) long, 23.6 g. Estimate HKD 800,000 - HKD 1,200,000. Price realised HKD 2,500,000. © Christie's Images Ltd  2018. The rectangular seal is surmounted by a flat finial carved with two confronting chidragons, each with a single horn and bifurcated tail. The seal is carved with six characters in seal script, An Yizhou jia zhencang ‘Seal of... [Lire la suite]
04 juin 2018

A pale celadon jade figure of a boy, 17th-18th century

Lot 689. A pale celadon jade figure of a boy, 17th-18th century; 6.7 cm, 2 5/8  in. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 HKD. Lot sold 25,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's. portrayed lying on his front and carrying a spray of lotus leaves behind his back, the stone with faint russet veins. Sotheby's. Chinese Art, Hong Kong, 31 May 2018.
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04 juin 2018

A pale green and russet jade 'chilong' pendant, 17th-18th century

Lot 16. A pale green and russet jade 'chilong' pendant, 17th-18th century; 8cm (3in) long. Estimate HK$80,000 - 120,000. Sold for HK$ 62,500 (€ 6,786). Courtesy Bonhams. Deftly carved in openwork with a sinuous chilong with a bi-furcated tail, clambering on a curling leaf with a leafy branch of lingzhi fungus grasped in its jaws, the softly polished stone of greenish-white tone with attractive russet inclusions on the leaf. Bonhams. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 29... [Lire la suite]
04 juin 2018

A rare white jade openwork ‘dragon’ double-gourd shaped pendant, Late Ming-Early Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century

Lot 3050. A rare white jade openwork ‘dragon’ double-gourd shaped pendant, Late Ming-Early Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century; 2 7/8 in. (7.1 cm.) long. Estimate HKD 60,000 - HKD 80,000. Price realised HKD 125,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018.  The plaque is finely carved in the form of a double-gourd, the upper bulb depicting a bat hovering above a deer, the lower bulb with a scaly four-clawed dragon leaping above waves and rocky outcrop, all against a scroll ground. The double-gourd is... [Lire la suite]