10 février 2019

A small straw-glazed white stoneware ewer, Sui-early Tang dynasty, 6th-7th century

Lot 703. A small straw-glazed white stoneware ewer, Sui-early Tang dynasty, 6th-7th century; 9¼ in. (23.5 cm.) high. Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. Price realised USD 20,000. © Christie’s Image Ltd 2014 The ovoid body is carved beneath the tapering spout with a narrow chevron band terminating in a foliate applique. A similar applique is at the base of the curved handle which has a band of beads in the center and is applied at the top with a human head looking over the shaped mouth rim. The... [Lire la suite]

20 août 2018

A painted pottery figure of a soldier, Sui-early Tang dynasty, 6th-7th century

Lot 250. A painted pottery figure of a soldier, Sui-early Tang dynasty, 6th-7th century; 20 in. (50.8 cm.) high. Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000. Price realised USD 10,800. © Christie's Images Ltd 2007 Standing on a narrow platform, his right arm raised and both hands pierced and held in a fist, wearing a tiger skin hood with erect ears and intent gaze, the fangs framing his animated face, also wearing layered armor with epaulets at the shoulders, extensive pigment remaining, Japanese wood box. ... [Lire la suite]
05 août 2018

Ornament for a belt or horse fittings, Iran, 6th-7th century

Ornament for a belt or horse fittings, parcel-gilt silver, embossed, chased, and engraved, Iran, 6th-7th century. H without eyes: 0.7; Diam: 5.5 cm, Inv. no. 4/1967. © The David Collection.   Metal roundels of this kind, fitted with a bar at the back for attachment, are known from the Iranian area as early as the end of the 2nd century B.C. It is unclear whether these ornaments were used to decorate belts, clothing, or horse fittings.   Other museums have at least four related Sasanian roundels which,... [Lire la suite]
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05 août 2018

Drinking bowl, parcel-gilt silver, Iran, 6th-7th century

Drinking bowl, parcel-gilt silver, Iran, 6th-7th century. H: 3.7; Diam: 12.1 cm, Inv. no. 8/1966. © The David Collection. The outside of this bowl is decorated with a centrally placed naked man, seated with a wineskin and a drinking bowl. Around him is a vine that forms six circular panels containing a dog, a bear, a pair of birds, a leopard, a wild boar, and a monkey. The inside is engraved with a duck holding a ring or a necklace in its bill. Sasanian silver often combines different techniques. We see the more ordinary... [Lire la suite]
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05 août 2018

Two fragments of murals on clay mixed with straw, Central Asia, Kizil near Kuqa; 6th-7th century

Two fragments of murals on clay mixed with straw, Central Asia, Kizil near Kuqa; 6th-7th century. H: 15; W: 13.1 cm (44/1979); H: 12; W; 11.5 cm (45/1979), Inv. no. 44/1979 & 45/1979 © The David Collection. These two fragments come from the largest mountain cave in Kizil that German archeologists excavated on the Silk Road in the years preceding the First World War.   The heads resemble those of a Sasanian king and a Buddha, and stylistically, there is in fact a great variety of sources for art in the... [Lire la suite]
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05 août 2018

Bowl, Iran or Iraq, 6th-7th century

Bowl, thick, colorless glass, facet-cut, Iran or Iraq; 6th-7th century. H: 8.3; Diam: 11.5 cm, Inv. no. 6/1969. © The David Collection.   The form and facet-cut decoration of this bowl are characteristic of Sasanian glass. It is covered entirely by a pattern of hexagonal, slightly concave facets that were cut on a grinding wheel. The form of the facets varies slightly so that the pattern can continue uninterrupted from top to bottom. This type of “honeycomb” decoration was adopted by the early Islamic glassmakers,... [Lire la suite]
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08 janvier 2018

A Rare Large High-Fired Early White Ware Cup, Sui-early Tang dynasty, 6th-7th century

Lot 10. A Rare Large High-Fired Early White Ware Cup, Sui-early Tang dynasty, 6th-7th century, Falk Collection no. 38; 4 7/8in. (12.9cm.) diam. Estimate USD 3,000 - USD 5,000. Price realised USD 7,638 © Christie's Images Ltd 2001 The deep thinly potted sides flaring slightly towards the rim, covered inside and out with a finely crackled transparent glaze stopping short of the splayed solid foot with beveled edge to expose the fine white ware Provenance: C.T. Loo, New York, December... [Lire la suite]
26 mai 2016

A white-glazed human-shaped vessel, zun, Sui-early Tang dynasty, 6th-7th century

Lot 3103. A white-glazed human-shaped vessel, zun, Sui-early Tang dynasty, 6th-7th century; 13 5/8 in. (34.5 cm.) high. Estimate HK$400,000 – HK$600,000 ($51,735 - $77,602). Price realised HKD 500,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016. The vessel is modelled in the form of a kneeling foreigner, with characteristic almond-shaped eyes, prominent nose, and high check bones. He is dressed in a long coat and a helmet-like hat, holding in his arms a leather sack with a flower-shaped mouth. It is covered overall with a... [Lire la suite]
26 mai 2016

An important and very rare white-glazed ‘elephant’ candle stand, Sui-early Tang dynasty, 6th-7th century

Lot 3102. An important and very rare white-glazed ‘elephant’ candle stand, Sui-early Tang dynasty, 6th-7th century; 12 in. (30.5 cm.) long, stand. Estimate HK$5,000,000 – HK$8,000,000 ($646,685 - $1,034,696). Price realised HKD 19,160,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016.  The candle stand is powerfully modelled as a caparisoned elephant standing foursquare on a rectangular lotus plinth, with its trunk touching the ground and its head wearing an elaborate harness with roundels and leaf-shaped... [Lire la suite]
26 mai 2016

An extremely rare iron-spot decorated celadon figure of a seated lion, Southern Dynasties-early Tang dynasty, 6th-7th century

Lot 3101. An extremely rare iron-spot decorated celadon figure of a seated lion, Southern Dynasties-early Tang dynasty, 6th-7th century. Estimate HK$1,500,000 – HK$2,600,000 ($194,006 - $336,276). Price realised HKD 4,600,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016. The lion is seated on a rectangular plinth on its haunches, with front legs braced below the strong muscular chest, the powerful head with bulging eyes, fangs exposed and ears pricked. Each side of the plinth is incised with two stylised lotus blooms within... [Lire la suite]