24 juin 2013

Remarkable Asian antiques & Kenyan rhinoceros horns highlight International Maynards auction

A magnificent large Achaemenid figure of a winged bull, the mythic beast depicted sitting with his legs folded beneath him, he is seated upon a rectangular base decorated in relief with lion and flowers. 16 1/2 in. h. x 23 in. l. x 7 in. w. (42 x 58.5 x 18 cm). Estimate $ 8,000-10,000. Sold for $32,200. VANCOUVER, BC.- A magnificent Achaemenid figure of a winged bull fetched $32,200 and was a highlight of the 571 lots for sale at Maynards Antiques, International & Asian Art Auction today. The large silver... [Lire la suite]

13 juin 2013

Sasanian silver objects, antique furniture and estate jewellery highlight auction at Maynards Auction House

A bust of a Sasanian King, perhaps Shapur II (AD 310-379).  VANCOUVER.- An intriguing range of a fine selection Sasanian silver objects, international art, period furniture, estate jewellery, Asian art and ceramics make up the 571-auction lots for a rare daytime sale at Maynards next Wednesday, June 19. Starting at 11:00 a.m., the auction is expected to be popular with younger collectors, since many of the lots have an estimated price point of $3,000 or under.  Maynards is proud to feature objects from the collection of... [Lire la suite]
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04 mai 2013

Astonishing 2,500-year-old glass survivor goes through the roof with £481,250 price at Bonhams

A glass Achaemenid bowl from the ancient Persian Empire, circa 5th-early 4th Century B.C. Photo Bonhams LONDON.- An astonishing survivor – a glass Achaemenid bowl from the ancient Persian Empire, circa 5th-early 4th Century B.C. made £481,250 at Bonhams sale of Antiquities in London on May 1st. The bowl’s pre-sale estimate was just £30,000 to £50,000 and it strong price reflects the success of the sale generally which made a total of £2m. The pale, shallow, greenish glass bowl was produced by the lost wax casting method then... [Lire la suite]
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03 août 2012

Fluted bowl. Gold. Iran, Achaemenid, ca. 6th–5th century B.C.

Fluted bowl. Gold. Iran, Achaemenid, ca. 6th–5th century B.C. H. 11.1 cm. 54.3.1. Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1954. © 2000–2012 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.. In the sixth century B.C., under the leadership of Cyrus the Great (r. 538–530 B.C.), the Achaemenid Persian dynasty overthrew Median kings and established an empire that would eventually extend from eastern Europe and Egypt to India. Achaemenid rulers included such famed kings as Cyrus, Darius I (r. 521–486 B.C.), and Xerxes I (r. 485–465... [Lire la suite]
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12 juillet 2012

Rhyton terminating in the forepart of a ram, Iran, Achaemenid, ca. 5th century B.C.

Rhyton terminating in the forepart of a ram, Iran, Achaemenid, ca. 5th century B.C. Silver, 7.87 x 4.72 x 4.84 in. (19.99 x 11.99 x 12.29 cm). Gift of Norbert Schimmel Trust, 1989. Accession Number: 1989.281.30. © 2000–2012 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 
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16 juin 2012

Vessel terminating in the forepart of a lion, Achaemenid, 5th century B.C., Iran. Gold.

Vessel terminating in the forepart of a lion, Achaemenid, 5th century B.C., Iran. Gold.
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28 avril 2012

A pair of Achaemenid gold ram-headed bracelets. Circa 5th Century B.C.

A pair of Achaemenid gold ram-headed bracelets. Circa 5th Century B.C. Photo Bonhams The ribbed bands of hollow oval cross section, each terminal naturalistically formed into the head of a ram with curved horns, the details of the fur and horns chased, the underside of the jaw is detailed with short angled lines forming a pattern of zig-zags, a separately attached band forms a collar joining the head to the ribbed band and is held in place by two pins, each collar edged with twisted wire, 3¼in (8cm) diam... [Lire la suite]
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