10 mars 2019

An exceptional hardstone and glass-inlaid gilt-bronze belt hook, Han dynasty (206 BC-220 AD)

Lot 114. An exceptional hardstone and glass-inlaid gilt-bronze belt hook, Han dynasty (206 BC-220 AD). Length 4 1/4  in., 10.7 cm. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 USD. Unsold. Courtesy Sotheby's. cast in the form of a powerful mythical animal mask resembling a tiger, detailed with feline features, its almond-shaped eyes inlaid with glass, its forehead inset with a circular hardstone, a tapering hook rising from the top of its head terminating in a... [Lire la suite]

29 août 2017

"Golden Techniques: Art of the Chinese Goldsmiths" at the Art Museum of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

HONG KONG - The research project “Ancient Chinese Gold Techniques” is a collaborative effort of Art Museum of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics Protection, the Master Studio of Chow Tai Fook, and the Conservation Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of Hong Kong, for the first time to use interdisciplinary research methods to reconstruct several major ancient goldsmithing techniques and the history of the development. Golden Techniques: Art of the Chinese... [Lire la suite]
29 juillet 2017

A finely carved jadeite belt hook, late Qing dynasty

Lot 4322. A finely carved jadeite belt hook, late Qing dynasty, 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm.) long. Estimate HKD 600,000 - HKD 800,000. Price realised HKD 4,220,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2012 The stone is finely carved with a characteristic curved shaft terminating in a dragon-head hook, opposite a sinuous chilong dragon in high relief. The reverse side is carved with a tab for attachment. The stone is of an exceptionally brilliant emerald green tone, Japanese wood box.   Note: A... [Lire la suite]
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01 mars 2017

A glass-inlaid gold and silver decorated-bronze belt hook, Warring States-Western Han dynasty (475 BC-AD 8)

Lot 870. A glass-inlaid gold and silver decorated-bronze belt hook, Warring States-Western Han dynasty (475 BC-AD 8). Estimate: USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. The pierced, hollow broad end is cast as an animal head with ribbed horns that curve backwards to surround a circular glass inlay above back-swept, silvered scrolls on the ribbed sides. A silver ribbed band is at the base of the neck of the dragon-head hook which has inlaid glass eyes. 3 in. (7.6 cm.) long ... [Lire la suite]
18 février 2017

A bronze openwork belt hook, circa 5th-3rd century BC

Lot 815. A bronze openwork belt hook, circa 5th-3rd century BC. Estimate USD 3,000 - USD 5,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. The rectangular belt hook is cast in openwork with a fleeing stag being attacked from behind by a wolf, a hook is at one end and a circular button is on the reverse. There is malachite encrustation on both sides. 5 ¼ in. (13.5 cm.) wide, box Provenance: The Erwin Harris Collection, Miami, Florida, 1990. Note: Compare the larger (8 in. long) bronze openwork belt hook of this... [Lire la suite]
24 septembre 2016

A small white and russet jade carving of a belt hook, Song dynasty or later

Lot 25. A small white and russet jade carving of a belt hook, Song dynasty or later. Estimate HKD 80,000 - HKD 120,000 (USD 10,361 - USD 15,541). Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016.  The underside with a circular stud for attachment. The stone is of an even white tone with areas of russet inclusions. 1 5/8 in. (4.5 cm.) long The property of a private Hong Kong collector. Christie's. The Pavilion Sale - Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 4 October 2016, Hong Kong

08 septembre 2015

A gilt bronze belt hook, daigou, Eastern Zhou to Han dynasty

A gilt bronze belt hook, daigou, Eastern Zhou to Han dynasty. Estimate US$ 15,000 - 20,000 '€13,000 - 18,000). Photo: Bonhams. Hollow cast as a lanky monkey resting along a branch on its stomach, the body entwined with vines, one arm hanging loose, the other arm wrapped around a branch, the branch ending in a dragon-head terminal, retaining remnants of a gilt surface and inset with clear glass inlays, the reverse with a round button for attachment. 6 1/4in (16cm) long Provenance: Zen Gallery, Belgium,... [Lire la suite]
17 avril 2015

The lifetime jade collection of John A. Campbell, M.D. of Akron, Ohio breaks estimations at Aspire Auctions

Carved White Jade Screen in Boxwood Stand, ca. 1750. Estimate $800/1,200. Sold for $47,178.75. Photo courtesy Aspire Auctions. Double sided carved jade screen. one side show a carved mountain landscape with two large trees sheltering a house and it's owner, the left and upper corner have a plum tree. The reverse side shows a river in the center with a solitary bridge with a traveler, the lower center has a sampan with figure; on the right is a boy riding a water buffalo. Ornate carved wood base with... [Lire la suite]
25 mars 2015

A rare small glass-inlaid gilt-metal belt hook, China, Late Warring States-Early Eastern Han dynasty, 3rd century BC-1st century

A rare small glass-inlaid gilt-metal belt hook, China, Late Warring States-Early Eastern Han dynasty, 3rd century BC-1st century AD. Estimate $7,000 - $9,000. Price Realized $9,375. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015 Cast in the shape of a crouching animal, with the head at one end, the legs along the sides and the back with blue glass inlay, the eyes and those of the dragon head hook also inlaid in glass; 3 ½ in. (8.9 cm.) long, box Provenance: The Collection of Robert H. Ellsworth, New York, before... [Lire la suite]
23 mai 2014

Bronze Belt Hook, Two Carvings of Jade and Agate,

Bronze Belt Hook, Two Carvings of Jade and Agate,  China, Han dynasty (206 BC-220 AD) and late Qing dynasty (1644-1912). Photo courtesy Auctionata Bronze, jade and agate. Belt hook encrusted with a rich patina of malachite green. Jade Ming style crane with a lingzhi fungus. The stone typical of that sourced in the Ming dynasty, of mottled celadon and brown tones. An agate brush washer in the form of a monkey and peach. Length of the belt hook: 7 cm. Width of the carvings: 6 to... [Lire la suite]