29 décembre 2018

Eric Pouillot at BRAFA 2019, Stand 26c

Amphora, China, Eastern Zhou Dynasty, period of the fighting kingdoms, 475-221 BC. Grey terracotta covered with 'noir de fumée', representing a jar with two handles intended for the conservation of cereal seeds. H 29 cm. © Eric Pouillot at BRAFA 2019, Stand 26c. Buffalo and cart, China, Northern Qi Dynasty, 550-577. Grey terracotta with traces of brown, red and white ochre pigments, representing a buffalo harnessed for the parade pulling a cart. H 30 x W 54 cm. © Eric Pouillot at... [Lire la suite]

27 août 2018

'Elegance Personified: a pair of Tang standing Bodhisattvas' at Christie's New York, 13 - 14 September

Elegantly outftted in the sumptuous trappings of an Indian prince of old, these compelling sculptures represent bodhisattvas 菩薩,1 benevolent beings who have attained enlightenment 菩提 but who have selfessly postponed entry into nirvana 涅槃 in order to assist other sentient beings—有情 or 眾生—in gaining enlightenment.2 Bodhisattvas are presented in the guise of an early Indian prince, a reference to Siddhartha Gautama’s worldly status before he became the Historical Buddha Shakyamuni 釋迦牟尼佛, implying that... [Lire la suite]
16 août 2018

Two stoneware cups, Tang dynasty, 8th century

Two stoneware cups, Tang dynasty, 8th century. Diameters: 4 1/4 inches, 10.7 cm. Heights: 3 1/4 inches, 8.2 cm. © Ben Janssens Oriental Art Two stoneware cups, each with a rounded, U-shaped body that tapers out gently towards the rim and is supported on a short, tapered foot. The thinly potted cup is entirely unadorned and covered in a finely crackled, transparent yellowish-green glaze that has iron-oxide marks. Three spur-marks are visible on the inside of each bowl as well as on the foot, indicating that... [Lire la suite]
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08 août 2018

Incense burner, Syria or Palestine, 8th century

Incense burner, cast and engraved bronze, later chain, Syria or Palestine, 8th century, H: 11; Diam: c. 10 cm, Inv. no. 7/1994. © The David Collection. In the first centuries after the hijra, the Muslims conquered extensive territories inhabited by Jews and Christians. They were largely allowed to live in peace and to keep and practice their religions as long as they paid poll taxes to the Muslim authorities. The Christian incense burner – with quite primitive depictions in relief of the Annunciation, Christ’s birth and... [Lire la suite]
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08 août 2018

Ewer, Near East or Iran, 8th century

Ewer, cast, engraved, and punched bronze, Near East or Iran, 8th century. H: 35 cm, Inv. no. 27/2004. © The David Collection. Not many metal objects have been preserved from the early Islamic period, making it difficult to determine their age and place of origin. This ewer belongs to a transitional type in which the features began to emerge that became typical of early Islamic metal ewers, etc. The little zoomorphic legs that imitate animal hoofs are characteristic examples. The handle with beads and especially the elegant... [Lire la suite]
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07 août 2018

Earthenware storage jar with a turquoise glaze, Western Iran or Iraq, 8th century

Earthenware storage jar with a turquoise glaze, Western Iran or Iraq, 8th century. H: 40; Diam: c. 34 cm, Inv. no. 27/2003. © The David Collection. Green-glazed jars like this one are among the oldest known from the Islamic period, and the type goes back to Sasanian and Parthian prototypes. The decoration was made both with simple incising and with applied ornaments that form a bunch of grapes, etc. Copper oxide is one of the cheapest raw materials used to color glazes and also one of the most widespread. When copper oxide is used... [Lire la suite]

14 février 2018

A large painted pottery figure of a horse, Tang dynasty, 8th century

Lot 1119. A large painted pottery figure of a horse, Tang dynasty, 8th century; 17 in. (43 cm.) high. Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000. Price realised USD 21,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017  The figure is powerfully modeled with right leg raised, the mouth open, the head turned slightly to the left, the tail braided, the mane dentilated and the saddle cloth tasseled. .  Provenance: Peter Scheinman (1932-2017) Collection, New York, before 1992.   Literature: J. C.... [Lire la suite]
29 janvier 2018

Eric Pouillot at BRAFA, 27 Jan - 4 Feb 2018, Stand 26c

Watchtower, China, Dynasty of the Eastern Han, 25-220 AD. H 57 cm. © Eric Pouillot  Terracotta with green lead glaze representing a tower and its moat, adorned with a turtle, a frog, ducks and a fish. It has two floors defended by four crossbowmen. Fat lady on her horse, China, Tang Dynasty, 618-907 AD, 8th century. Terracotta with three colours called Sancaï, blue, cream and amber. H 35.5 cm. © Eric Pouillot  Fat court ladies, China, Tang Dynasty, 618-907... [Lire la suite]
28 octobre 2017

A sancai-glazed pottery figure of a lady, Tang dynasty, 8th century

Lot 106. A sancai-glazed pottery figure of a lady, Tang dynasty, 8th century. 8 3/4in (22.2cm) high. Estimate US$ 5,000 - 7,000 (€4,300 - 6,000). Sold for US$ 9,375 (€8,055). Photo: Bonhams. Modeled in a dance pose, grasping her long skirt in her right hand, her long-sleeved left arm raised over her head, the hair in an elaborate coiffure above the full, round face, wood stand. Provenance: Priestley and Ferraro, London, 28 March 2003. Bonhams. ASIAN WORKS OF ART. 30 Oct 2017,... [Lire la suite]
27 octobre 2017

Littleton & Hennessy Asian Art at TEFAF New York Fall 2017

A figure of an equestrian drummer, China, Tang Dynasty, 8th century. Amber-glazed. Height 38 cm (15 in.) © Littleton & Hennessy Asian Art Modelled seated on a horse, the musician sitting upright with his hands raised, wearing a round-neck robe, trousers, boots and a long cloth cap. The horse is standing foursquare on a rectangular slab, and moulded with harness, saddle and a drum on its left neck. The fi gure glazed overall with an amber glaze graduating to pale beige on the extremities. The head,... [Lire la suite]