30 août 2015

An unusual gilt-bronze figure of Longnu, China, Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century

An unusual gilt-bronze figure of Longnu, China, Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century. Estimate 30,000 — 50,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. elegantly cast with hands draped with a presentation cloth, wearing a short ruyi-decorated coat with tuff trimming at the sleeves, over a long robe with full sleeves and layered skirts trailing ribbons and streamers, the garments finely chased with floral, cloud and wave details, the face cast with crisp features beneath the hair, pulled back into ribbon-tied double... [Lire la suite]

30 août 2015

A rare set of gilt-lacquer and polychrome bronze figures of the nine emperor gods, China, Ming dynasty

  A rare set of gilt-lacquer and polychrome bronze figures of the nine emperor gods, China, Ming dynasty. Estimate 30,000 — 40,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. each cast dressed in the robes of an official, standing with hands clasped at chest level, eight holding huaudience tablets, one holding a scroll, with details highlighted in pigment (9). Heights 12 3/4  in., 32.4 cm Note: The nine emperor gods are personifications of stars in the Big Dipper. Their veneration has its roots... [Lire la suite]
30 août 2015

A large finely-cast gilt-lacquered bronze figure of Zhenwu, China, Ming dynasty

A large finely-cast gilt-lacquered bronze figure of Zhenwu, China, Ming dynasty. Estimate 150,000 — 250,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. majestically seated with the right hand holding a sword handle and the left hand held in the deity's characteristic mudra, wearing scale-armor with shoulder, knee, stomach and apron guards decorated withyazi dragon masks, the well-proportioned head framed by a billowing celestial scarf, the face with serene yet powerful expression below the long slicked-back hair... [Lire la suite]
14 août 2015

Green Glazed Lidded Ceramic Bowl with Dragon Handle, China, Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD)

Green Glazed Lidded Ceramic Bowl with Dragon Handle, China, Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD). Starting price € 400.00. Photo Auctionata This lidded Chinese ceramic bowl is a true rarity from the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD) and imitates in its shape and glaze a patinated bronze vessel. The vessel has a round base rim on which the bulbous body rises. On the side a handle in the shape of a dragon head can be seen. The dragon is an often encountered mythical creature in East Asia and a symbol of power and... [Lire la suite]
13 août 2015

Waterpot, incised stoneware with copper-bound rim, Ding ware, China, Northern Song dynasty, 1101

Waterpot, incised stoneware with copper-bound rim, Ding ware, China, Northern Song dynasty, 1101. Height: 6 cm. Purchased with the assistance of The Art Fund, the Vallentin Bequest, The Art Fund, Sir Percival David and the Universities China Committee. C.846-1936 © V&A Images This water pot is an example of Ding ware, made in the Hebei province of China during the Northern Song dynasty (960-1127). Ding wares were of the earliest true porcelains made in China, and the world. The term porcelain is applied to... [Lire la suite]
13 août 2015

Jar and lid, Ding ware, China, Northern Song dynasty, 1000-1150

Jar and lid, Ding ware, Hebei, China, Northern Song dynasty, 1000-1150. Stoneware, glazed. Height: 11.8 cm. CIRC.38&A-1934 © V&A Images This lidded jar is an example of Ding ware, made in Hebei province in China during the Northern Song dynasty (960-1127). Ding wares were among the earliest true porcelains to be made made in China, and indeed in the world. The term porcelain refers to ceramics made from a mixture containing a clay called kaolin and a white stone called petuntse, which was fired at... [Lire la suite]


13 août 2015

Large shiny blue glaze jar, Jun ware, China, Northern Song dynasty (960-1127)

Large shiny blue glaze jar, Jun ware, China, Northern Song dynasty (960-1127). Stoneware, glazed. Height: 21.3 cm, Diameter: 22.7 cm. Purchased with the assistance of The Art Fund, the Vallentin Bequest, Sir Percival David and the Universities China Committee. C.936-1935 © V&A Images This jar belongs to a type of ceramics known as Jun ware, although it is unusually large compared to most Jun ware pieces. Chinese ceramics are often categorized by the geographical area in which they were made, as the... [Lire la suite]
13 août 2015

Blue glaze and coper-red splashes dish, Jun ware, China, Northern Song-Jin dynasty, 12th-13th century

Blue glaze and coper-red splashes dish, Jun ware, China, Northern Song-Jin dynasty, 12th-13th century. Stoneware, glazed. Diameter: 18.8 cm. Purchased with the assistance of The Art Fund, the Vallentin Bequest, Sir Percival David and the Universities China Committee. C.845-1936 © V&A Images The dish on the right of this image belongs to a type of ceramics known as Jun ware. Chinese ceramics are often categorized by the geographical area in which they were made, as the kilns of a particular region... [Lire la suite]
13 août 2015

Blue glaze and copper-red splash bowl, Jun ware, China, Northern Song-Jin dynasty, 12th-13th century

Blue glaze and copper-red splash bowl, Jun ware, China, Northern Song-Jin dynasty, 12th-13th century. Stoneware, glazed. Diameter: 17.7 cm. Purchased with the assistance of The Art Fund, the Vallentin Bequest, Sir Percival David and the Universities China Committee. CIRC.141-1935 © V&A Images The bowl on the left of this image belongs to a type of ceramics known as Jun ware. Chinese ceramics are often categorized by the geographical area in which they were made, as the kilns of a particular region... [Lire la suite]
13 août 2015

Bowl, Jun ware, Henan province, China, Northern Song-Jin dynasty, 12th century

Bowl, Jun ware, Henan province, China, Northern Song-Jin dynasty, 12th century. Glazed stoneware. Diameter: 12 cm. Bequeathed by J. G. Maxwell Brownjohn. C.43-1965. © V&A Images  This bowl belongs to a type of ceramics known as Jun ware. Chinese ceramics are often categorized by the geographical area in which they were made, as the kilns of a particular region usually made only one or two types of ceramics at a given time in history. Jun ware was produced in the kilns of the Henan province and... [Lire la suite]