06 février 2016

Ewer, China, Wanli period, circa 1590-1610 (porcelain) The Netherlands, 19th century (silver mounts)

Ewer, China, Wanli period, circa 1590-1610 (porcelain); The Netherlands, 19th century (silver mounts). Porcelain with silver mounts. Height 22 cm © Vanderven Oriental Art The shape and decoration of this vessel point to manufacture for the Middle Eastern market, but curiously there are none of these shapes known in Eastern collections. The vessels were mainly imported into Europe, not for use but for display as exotic curiosities. This type of rare object, further embellished with silver mounts in Europe, would... [Lire la suite]
03 février 2016

Fortunato Pio Castellani, Emerald pendant, 19th century

  Emerald pendant, carved and shaped by Fortunato Pio Castellani in the 19th century, given by Napoleon III to his lover, Countess of Castiglione. Roberto Sciaguato. Photo courtesy press office 
03 février 2016

Emerald earrings, 19th century

Emerald earrings, 19th century. Emerald, gold, diamonds, enamel. Museum of Topkapi Palace, Istanbul
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30 janvier 2016

Secrets of the Pyramids: Is Another Egyptian Revival on the Horizon?

Egyptian Revival Clock Garniture, Circa 1885. M.S. Rau Antiques, New Orleans. Coffins, mummies, pyramids and ancient tombs – words that seem more at home in a film script have been recently seen flooding headlines. Archeologists and Egyptologists seem on the brink of a major discovery that would rock both the academic world and popular culture. With stories about cosmic particles and secret chambers in the Great Pyramids to the burial site of one particularly famous ancient Egyptian, Queen Nefertiti, eyes are looking to... [Lire la suite]
05 janvier 2016

An underglaze blue and iron-decorated water dropper in the form of the Geumgang Mountains, Joseon dynasty, 19th century

Lot 2472. An underglaze blue and iron-decorated water dropper in the form of the Geumgang Mountains, Joseon dynasty, 19th century. Sold for US$ 10,000 (€9,305). Photo Bonhams Of irregular oval silhouette displaying two opposing Buddhist shrines nestled amid finger-like peaks that also disguise an air hole at the top and a tiny water spot to one side, the surfaces colored with iron and cobalt washes beneath a glaze of pale blue-green hue that intensifies in color where thickly pooled, the glaze also covering the recessed... [Lire la suite]
05 janvier 2016

A blue and white pear shaped bottle with longevity symbols, Joseon dynasty, 19th century

Lot 2474. A blue and white pear shaped bottle with longevity symbols, Joseon dynasty, 19th century. Sold for US$ 11,875 (€11,050). Photo Bonhams Carefully formed with a rolled lip to the long neck spreading outward above a compressed globular body and freely painted in cobalt blue with elements from the Ten Signs of Long Life (Shipjaengsaeng) that include a leaping deer, fungus branches, bamboo, rock and crane flying amid clouds, the short foot also painted with a cobalt line and the pale greenish-white glaze covering all... [Lire la suite]
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05 janvier 2016

An embroidered blue satin dragon robe for a young prince, Qing dynasty, 19th century

Lot 2360. An embroidered blue satin dragon robe for a young prince, Qing dynasty, 19th century. Sold for US$ 3,125 (€2,908). Photo Bonhams. Lavishly embroidered in couched gold thread with some details in green, black and white silk floss, depicting eight dragons pursuing flaming pearls amongst cloud scrolls and the Buddhist Emblems above terrestrial diagrams emerging from billowing waves and a linshui border separated by ruyi-shaped clouds, the collar band and horse-hoof cuffs similarly decorated on a black ground, with... [Lire la suite]
02 janvier 2016

MANDARIN & MENAGERIE: The James E. Sowell Collection, Part III, Chinese porcelain

Over a period of twenty years James Sowell slowly assembled the best collection of Chinese porcelain birds, animals and figures in the country. Not only comprehensive, the Sowell Collection features jewels of top quality in each category it encompasses, from important, large pairs of majestic birds, courtiers and exotic animals to charming and colorful figures of laughing boys and courting couples. The collection resided happily in the Sowells’ Dallas home surrounded by classic English furniture... [Lire la suite]
01 janvier 2016

A carved and engraved rock crystal brush rest in shape of a mountain, China, 19th century

Lot 615. A carved and engraved rock crystal brush rest in shape of a mountain, China, 19th century. Estimate 1 000/1 500 €. Unsold. Photo Nagel. L. 9 cm. Very slightly chipped Provenance: Former collection of the Dutch sinologist Erik Zürcher (1928-2008) Nagel Auktionen, "Asian Art",  07/12/2015
01 janvier 2016

A fine turquoise-glazed with carved relief of a lakeside scene brushpot, seal mark Wang Bingrong zuo, 19th century

Lot 592. A fine turquoise-glazed with carved relief of a lakeside scene brushpot, seal mark Wang Bingrong zuo, 19th century. Estimate 4 000/6 000 €. Lot sold 4.000 €. Photo Nagel. H. 13,4 cm. Minor wear Provenance: Former collection Georg Weishaupt, Berlin, publ. 'The Great Fortune - Chinese and Japanese Porcelain of the 19th and 20th centuries and their forerunners from the Georg Weishaupt Collection', Stuttgart, 2002, No. 139 Gift by Mr. Weishaupt to the present owner  Nagel... [Lire la suite]