09 août 2018

Samitum-woven silk textile with an enthroned Sasanian king, Iran or Central Asia, 7th-8th century

Samitum-woven silk textile with an enthroned Sasanian king, Iran or Central Asia, 7th-8th century, H: 94; W: 85 cm, Inv. no. 23/2011. © The David Collection. The motif of a Sasanian king on a throne carried by ibexes is unusual. A single textile from Egypt and Sasanian silver bowls feature corresponding depictions, but with the ruler seated and leaning on his sword. This magnificent silk shows a king – presumably Khusrau II (r. 591-628), who was deceased at the time – holding a flower in each hand that in turn mimics the flanking... [Lire la suite]

06 août 2018

Samitum-woven silk with confronted deer in medallions, Central Asia, 7th-8th century

Samitum-woven silk with confronted deer in medallions, Central Asia, 7th-8th century. H: 105; W: 46 cm. Inv. no. 4/2005. © The David Collection. This magnificent textile with confronted deer placed on winged palmettes in medallions was probably made in Sogdiana, the area north and east of the Amu Darya (Oxus) River. The motif comes from Sasanian Iran, but the rendition of this piece is stiffer than that of its models. Medallion motifs with single or confronted figures are also known from Byzantium (and China), and survived in the... [Lire la suite]
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05 mars 2018

Carlo Cristi at Asia Week New York, 15-24 march 2018

Prajnaparamita, West Tibet, 11th century. Paper, pigments, gold, ink, 7 1/2 x 10 1/2 in. ( cm. 19 x 26 ) folio fragment; 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 in. ( cm 9,5 x 9,5 ) illumination. © Carlo Cristi Sadaksari Avalokitesvara. Sri Lanka, Anujradhapura , 7th-8th century. Copper alloy. © Carlo Cristi Narasimha on Garuda. Stone, India, Pala period, 11th century. 17 1/2 in. (44 cm). © Carlo Cristi Vajrapani Tangka. Distemper on cotton, Tibet, 14th century. 13 x 17 1/4... [Lire la suite]
19 décembre 2017

A gilt bronze harness trapping, probably Tang dynasty, 7th-8th century

Lot 384. A gilt bronze harness trapping, probably Tang dynasty, 7th-8th century. H. 8,3 cm. Estimate 1.000/1.500 €. Lot sold 1.100 €. Courtesy Nagel Serrated leaf form. Decorated in relief with a hunting scene, with a small loop on top for suspension, the reverse side plain, the front gilded.  Provenance: Bought in 2000 from J.H.W. Investment & Trading Limited, Hong Kong. Described and illustrated in: Regina Krahl: Collection Julius Eberhardt. Early Chinese Art, vol. 2, Hong Kong 2004, p. 80f. ... [Lire la suite]
26 octobre 2017

An important and rare carved limestone head of Buddha, Tang Dynasty, 7th-8th Century, Longmen Caves

Lot 95. An important and rare carved limestone head of Buddha, Tang Dynasty, 7th-8th Century, Longmen Caves. Estimate 80,000 — 100,000 USD. Lot sold 102,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. carved from a grey limestone in full rounded volumes, the oval face with slender almond shaped eyes with heavy eyelids below tapered arching eyebrows issuing from the broad nose, with a small bud mouth of full lips with lightly incised trim above a broad double chin with a thick round neck, all below the hair and... [Lire la suite]
05 septembre 2017

A rare splash-glazed applique-decorated ewer, Tang dynasty, 7th-8th century

Lot 1118. A rare splash-glazed applique-decorated ewer, Tang dynasty, 7th-8th century, 8 ¾ in. (21.7 cm.) high. Estimate USD 7,000 - USD 9,000. Price realised USD 30,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 The ovoid body is covered with a dark brown glaze decorated with splashes of pale bluish cream color that highlight the three arrangements of floret appliques on the shoulder and the handle that rises to the pinched mouth rim. Provenance: IIn Hong Kong prior to 1996.Sotheby's New York, 22... [Lire la suite]

31 juillet 2017

A rare silver spherical incense burner, Tang dynasty, 7th-8th century

Lot 57. A rare silver spherical incense burner, Tang dynasty, 7th-8th century, 4.3 cm., 1 5/8 in. Estimate 10,000 — 15,000 GBP. Lot sold 46,100 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's. comprised of two reticulated hemispheres joined on one side by a hook and a hinge on the other side, the overall reticulated decoration of birds among scrolling vine on one half and flowering scrolls on the other half arranged into four symmetrical sections around a four-petalled flowerhead at the axis, the interior fitted with... [Lire la suite]
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19 juillet 2017

A fine silver stemcup, Tang dynasty,  7th-8th century

Lot 58. A fine silver stemcup, Tang dynasty,  7th-8th century, 6.8cm., 2 5/8 in. Estimate 6,000 — 8,000 GBP. Lot sold 156,500 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's. the deep bowl flaring towards the rim and divided horizontally just below by rim by a single raised band, supported on a knopped stem rising from a wide splayed foot, with some bright malachite green encrustation to the sides. WEIGHT 78.5g. Literature: Bo Gyllensvärd, Chinese Gold and Silver in the... [Lire la suite]
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21 avril 2017

A rare and important silk lampas robe, Central Asia, Sogdiana, 7th-8th century

Lot 159. A rare and important silk lampas robe, Central Asia, Sogdiana, 7th-8th century, 146cm. height; 246cm. max. width of sleeves. Estimate 200,000 — 300,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby's. of characteristic form, composed of multiple textile sections, sown with long sleeves and open front, short collar, woven with fine red, green, blue and honey-gold silk samite in weft-faced compound twill, decorated with an alternating pattern formed of facing deer and rams, each within a rectangular frame, the sides composed of a... [Lire la suite]
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09 mars 2017

A painted pottery figure of a prancing horse, Tang dynasty, 7th-8th century

Lot 599. A painted pottery figure of a prancing horse, Tang dynasty, 7th-8th century. Estimate 50,000 — 70,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the deep lobed bowl rising from three tall cylindrical legs to an everted rim, set to the top with a pair of upright loop handles, finely cast well-modeled in spirited pose with a briskly raised right foreleg and head uplifted, mouth agape, flaring nostrils and bulging eyes, the animal's features finely detailed with forelock swept back towards... [Lire la suite]