23 avril 2017

A blue and white porcelain dragon jar, Joseon Dynasty, 18th century

Lot 91. A blue and white porcelain dragon jar, Joseon Dynasty, 18th century, 15 7/8 in. (40.3 cm.) high. Estimate USD 130,000 - USD 150,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 The ovoid form, vividly painted in underglaze-blue with two karge and forceful dragons striding through clouds in pursuit of a flaming pearl, and clusters of scalloped clouds interspersed with smaller cloud ribbons, the neck and lower body with auspicious fungus-head-shaped cloud collars, the body applied with a lustrous transparent... [Lire la suite]
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19 avril 2017

A large underglaze-blue and copper-red decorated ‘lions’ vase, tianqiuping, Qing dynasty, 18th century

Lot 134. A large underglaze-blue and copper-red decorated ‘lions’ vase, tianqiuping, Qing dynasty, 18th century, 22 3/4 in. (56.8 cm.) high, box. Estimate HKD 150,000 - HKD 350,000 (USD 19,390 - USD 45,243). Price realised HKD 325,000 (USD 42,007). © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 The vase is decorated in underglaze blue and copper red to depict lions playing with brocade balls, including two around the neck and six around the globular body. The base is unglazed.  Christie's. The Pavilion Sale - Chinese... [Lire la suite]
19 avril 2017

A copper-red and underglaze-blue vase, fanghu, Qing dynasty, 18th century

Lot 3683. A copper-red and underglaze-blue vase, fanghu, Qing dynasty, 18th century, 15.5 cm, 6 1/8  in. Estimate 800,000 — 1,200,000 HKD. Lot sold 1,500,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's. finely painted on the front and back with a pair of swooping phoenix in bright copper red, amidst a peony meander of red blooms and underglaze-blue leafy stems, the sides decorated with a similar floral design, the neck flanked by a pair of animal-mask and mock ring handles, all... [Lire la suite]
18 avril 2017

Four rhinoceros horn libation cups from the Robert Everts Collection

Robert Everts (1875-1942) Robert Everts (1875-1942), served as the Belgian Ambassadorial Envoy to Beijing from 1910 – 1916 and again 1920 – 1924. Other diplomatic posts included Mexico 1902 – 1906, Germany and finally as the Ambassador to Spain, 1932 – 1938, before he retired to Brussels. The following four rhinoceros horn libation cups were acquired by Everts during his diplomatic postings to Beijing. Lot 305. A rhinoceros horn 'peach and chilong' libation cup, 17th-18th century, 12.5cm (4 3/4in)... [Lire la suite]
18 avril 2017

An archaistic rhinoceros horn libation cup, 18th century

Lot 303. An archaistic rhinoceros horn libation cup, 18th century, 13cm (5 1/8in) long. Estimate £15,000 - 20,000 (€18,000 - 24,000). Photo: Bonhams. Finely carved to the exterior with a band of trefoil diaper ground beneath a key-fret border on the rim, the handle formed by inverted volutes and a stylised mythical beast climbing up one side and biting the rim. Provenance:  A related archaistic rhinoceros horn libation cup is illustrated by J.Chapman, The Art of Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China,... [Lire la suite]
17 avril 2017

A rare Ming-style blue and white box and cover, Qing dynasty, 18th century

Lot 129. A rare Ming-style blue and white box and cover, Qing dynasty, 18th century, 6 3/8 in. (16.3 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 80,000 - HKD 150,000 (USD 10,341 - USD 19,390). Price realised HKD 250,000 (USD 32,313) © Christie's Imags Ltd 2017. The cover is decorated with a composite floral scroll centering a lotus bloom, the design repeated on the sides of the box. The base of the box is inscribed with an apocryphal Xuande four-character mark in a double circle. Provenance: Sold at Sotheby's... [Lire la suite]

16 avril 2017

A superb inscribed Suzhou white jade 'Zigang' pendant, Qing dynasty, 18th century

Lot 3717. A superb inscribed Suzhou white jade 'Zigang' pendant, Qing dynasty, 18th century, 5.7 cm, 2 1/4  in. Estimate 200,000 — 300,000 HKD. Lot sold 250,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's.   the oval pebble exquisitely worked in low relief, one face depicting a seated lady playing the flute in a fenced garden with a phoenix dancing on the rocky ledge above, the reverse inscribed with a poetic inscription and signed Zigang, pierced with a small aperture at the top for attachment, the stone of... [Lire la suite]
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16 avril 2017

A finely carved white jade 'dragon' washer, Qing dynasty, 18th century

Lot 3710. A finely carved white jade 'dragon' washer, Qing dynasty, 18th century, 10.7 cm, 4 1/4  in. Estimate 400,000 — 600,000 HKD. Lot sold 2,375,000  HKD. Photo: Sotheby's.   the rounded sides rising from a flat base and sweeping up to an incurved rim, intricately worked to the exterior in high relief depicting five ferocious five-clawed dragons writhing and swooping amongst swirling clouds in pursuit of 'flaming pearls', their scaly bodies extending to muscular legs terminating in... [Lire la suite]
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13 avril 2017

Tiny ox and puppy lead Bonhams Netsuke sale

Lot 129. An ivory netsuke of a puppy, by Kaigyokusai Masatsugu (1813-1892), Osaka, mid/late 19th century. Estimate: £20,000 - 30,000 (€24,000 - 35,000). Photo: Bonhams. LONDON.- Building on the outstanding results of its previous sale of Japanese netsuke from the Katchen collection, Bonhams presents The Julius and Arlette Katchen Collection of Fine Netsuke: Part II in London on Wednesday 10 May 2017. Highlights of the sale include an ox by Izumiya Tomotada estimated at £25,000–30,000 and a... [Lire la suite]
07 avril 2017

A carved bamboo-root 'peach and bat' ruyi sceptre, Qing dynasty, 18th century

Lot 3661. A carved bamboo-root 'peach and bat' ruyi sceptre, Qing dynasty, 18th century, 28 cm, 11 in. Estimate 100,000 — 150,000 HKD. Lot sold 125,000 HKD (15,126 EUR) (16,086 USD). Photo: Sotheby's the shaft naturalistically carved in the form of a gnarled knotted bough, issuing leafy side branches bearing succulent peaches, the terminal formed from a larger peach with a bat perched atop, Japanese wood box inscribed by Chikuun Yamamoto (1819-88), seal... [Lire la suite]