27 juillet 2016

A pair of archaistic faux bronze vases, 19th century

Lot 129. A pair of archaistic faux bronze vases, 19th century. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016  Each vase is of semi-flattened form and molded with two ring handles at the shoulders. Each is decorated with taotie masks and pendant blades in gold on a dark blue ground, with imitation encrustation in turquoise enamel on areas of the exterior, interior of the neck and the base. There are apocryphal Qianlong seal marks on the bases. 12 ¼ in. (31.1 cm.) high (2). Both: minor surface wear to... [Lire la suite]

27 juillet 2016

A flambé-glazed bottle vase, 19th century

Lot 125. A flambé-glazed bottle vase, 19th century. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016  The vase is covered on the exterior in a deep crushed-strawberry-red tone glaze subtly streaked in purple and in milky blue, thinning at the mouth rim and over the rim to a mushroom tone. The base is covered in a similar mushroom-tone glaze suffused with crackle. 11 ½ in. (29.2 cm.) high. Appears to be in overall good condition. Estimation: USD 2,000 - 3,000 Christie's on line. The Art of China.
25 juillet 2016

An embroidered 'Peacock' rank badge, 19th century

Lot 66. An embroidered 'Peacock' rank badge, 19th century. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016 This front badge is embroidered on the dark blue ground in coloured silks and gilt thread with a peacock above foaming waves and amongst cloud scrolls, Buddhist symbols and bats. It is bordered with a gilt classical scroll. The badge, 10 5/8 x 10 5/8 in. (27 x 27 cm.), framed and glazed. With fraying to the top edge of the badge. A few loose threads. Some rubbing to the ground. Colours slightly dusty. Ready to... [Lire la suite]
25 juillet 2016

An apple-green-glazed seal, 19th century

Lot 46. An apple-green-glazed seal, 19th century. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016 The tall rectangular seal is surmounted by a recumbent pig and is covered overall in a green glaze suffused with dark brown crackles. The seal reads han zu huang di hou yi (the offspring of Han emperor). 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm.) high. Chips and nicks to the underside by the seal face; two glaze flakes on the top edge below the finial; pin prick holes and expected wear to the surface. Estimation: USD 1,000 -... [Lire la suite]
13 juillet 2016

A green jadeite 'Double-gourd' pendant, Qing dynasty, 19th century

Lot 3270. A green jadeite 'Double-gourd' pendant, Qing dynasty, 19th century. Estimate 100,000 — 150,000 HKD. Lot sold 400,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's.  the lustrous stone of an even apple-green tone, decorated in low relief with a squirel clambering on a beribboned double-gourd, framed by a fruiting sprig of peach on top; 5.2 cm., 2 in.  Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, Hong Kong, 04 Apr 2012
13 juillet 2016

A white jade 'Three rams' group, Qing dynasty, 19th century

Lot 3258. A white jade 'Three rams' group, Qing dynasty, 19th century. Estimate 120,000 — 180,000 HKD. Lot sold 500,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's.  carved as a recumbent goat with its hooves tucked under its body, its head turned sharply over the backside breathing forth a cloud of swirling vapour coating the two smaller goats with confronted faces reclining behind, the translucent stone of an even white colour with some white... [Lire la suite]
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12 juillet 2016

A white jade tripod censer and cover, Qing dynasty, 19th century

Lot 3279. A white jade tripod censer and cover, Qing dynasty, 19th century. Estimate 1,000,000 — 1,500,000 HKD. Lot sold 2,660,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's  the globular body raised on three cabriole legs issuing from mythical-beast heads, flanked by a pair of lion heads handles set within angular scrolls and suspending loose rings, the fitted domed cover surmounted with a knop in openwork, meticulously carved with a crouched Buddhist lion grasping a peony... [Lire la suite]
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03 juillet 2016

Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery explores pastorals, landscapes, and the Arcadian vision

Jan Both (Dutch, 1618-1652), Landscape with Shepherds. Oil on canvas, 42-1/4" x 54-1/4". The Sullivan Collection, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, 1979.0195P. NASHVILLE, TENN.- This summer, the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery explores how, for centuries, artists have rendered nature in a tranquil, idyllic form in Pastorals, Landscapes, and the Arcadian Vision, which features over fifty paintings and works on paper from the seventeenth to twentieth centuries. Pastorals, Landscapes, and the... [Lire la suite]
30 juin 2016

A kesi-woven green silk ground dragon robe, 19th century

Lot 9219. A kesi-woven green silk ground dragon robe, 19th century. Estimate USD 2,000 ~ 3,000. Sold for US$ 1,875 (€1,688). Photo: Bonhams. The pale sea-green silk ground contrasting with the thin gilt-wrapped threads used to weave the dragons amid clouds, bats, peaches and wanzi emblems above the wide lishui border, all rendered in a variety of bright colors with a few details painted in color, the collar and replacement cuffs from a woman's coat similarly woven on a black ground (extensive degrading... [Lire la suite]
29 juin 2016

A powder blue glazed baluster vase, 19th century

Lot 9375. A powder blue glazed baluster vase, 19th century. Estimate US$ 1,000 - 1,500 (€900 - 1,400). Photo Bonhams. Potted with a flared rim to the short neck, an elongated ovoid body flaring outward above the set-in foot, the mottled blue layer applied to the exterior walls and a double ring drawn on the recessed base, all beneath a clear glaze (hairline crack to rim). 10in (25.5cm) high Bonhams. ASIAN DECORATIVE ARTS, 2016-06-29 10:00 PDT - SAN FRANCISCO