04 octobre 2018

An outstanding and extremely rare large carved cinnabar lacquer ‘Phoenix’ square tray, Mark and period of Xuande (1426-1435)

Lot 3403. An outstanding and extremely rare large carved cinnabar lacquer ‘Phoenix’ square tray, Mark and period of Xuande (1426-1435); 39 cm, 15 3/8  in. Estimate: 12,000,000-15,000,000 HKD. Lot sold 16,920,000 HKD (2,158,315 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's. the rounded sides with indented corners, decorated to the interior with a pair of opposing phoenix in flight, both depicted with outstretched wings and finely incised plumage, hovering in front of large stems of lotus issuing... [Lire la suite]

29 septembre 2018

Arcadian Beauty – Exceptional Works from the Song Dynasty at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 3 october 2018

Arcadian BeautyRegina Krahl In the Song dynasty (960-1279), probably more than in any other period of China’s history, culture and education were considered the most important prerequisites of the elite and valued higher than office and rank. Advancement in society was certainly desired and sought, but at the same time spurned, and the state’s most outspoken critics were often celebrated as sages. Even if the post of a high official in the service of the Emperor was considered the ultimate achievement, a modest and humble existence... [Lire la suite]
03 août 2018

A small cinnabar lacquer box and cover, late Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century

Lot 551. A small cinnabar lacquer box and cover, late Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century. Diameter 6 3/4  in., 17.1 cm. Estimate 6,000 — 8,000 USD. Lot sold 7,500 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. of circular form, carved in shallow relief depicting Budai wearing loose open robes walking under a pine tree and holding a stick suspending a cloth bag, all against different diaper grounds indicating the sky and the land, the sides of the box and cover carved with key-fret bands, the interior and base lacquered... [Lire la suite]
03 août 2018

A carved cinnabar lacquer quatrelobed dish, Ming dynasty (1368-1644)

Lot 552. A carved cinnabar lacquer quatrelobed dish, Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Length 8 5/8  in., 21.8 cm. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 USD. Lot sold 25,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the interior boldly carved with a scene depicting the encounter of Diao Chan, Lu Bu and Dong Zhuo at the Feng Yi pavilion from the 'Romance of the Three Kingdoms', surrounded by a border of continuous scrolling lotus flowers, repeated on the underside above a band of key-fret scroll around the conforming foot, Japanese wood box... [Lire la suite]
03 août 2018

A carved 'Birds and Flower' cinnabar lacquer dish, Ming dynasty (1368-1644)

Lot 547. A carved 'Birds and Flower' cinnabar lacquer dish, Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Diameter 6 3/4  in., 17.1 cm. Estimate 35,000 — 45,000 USD. Lot sold 43,750 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. of shallow circular form supported on a short footring, elegantly carved through a layer of deep cinnabar-red lacquer to reveal the olive-green beneath, the interior depicting two long-tailed birds soaring and plunging amidst full peony blooms, the birds with outstretched wings gently incised with delicate... [Lire la suite]
04 juin 2018

A cinnabar lacquer box and cover, Ming dynasty, 15th century

Lot 476. A cinnabar lacquer box and cover, Ming dynasty, 15th century; .6 cm, 2 1/4  in. Estimate 90,000 — 120,000 HKD. Lot sold 118,750 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the domed cover and the box crisply carved with flower blooms wreathed in dense foliage, the interior and the recessed base lacquered reddish-brown, the base incised with a Yongle mark. Note: Lacquer boxes of this small delicate size were generally used for keeping rouge or as incense box to hold aromatic pellets and... [Lire la suite]

04 juin 2018

A carved cinnabar lacquer ‘peony’ box and cover, Ming dynasty, early 15th century

Lot 2909. A carved cinnabar lacquer ‘peony’ box and cover, Ming dynasty, early 15th century; 5 13/16 in. (15 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 120,000 - HKD 180,000. Price realised HKD 687,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018. The top of the cover is carved through the red lacquer to an ochre ground with a single peony blossom surrounded by leaves and buds. The sides of the box and cover are similarly carved with a mixed floral frieze comprising blossoming peony and chrysanthemum. The interiors and the... [Lire la suite]
29 mai 2018

A rare carved cinnabar lacquer 'peony' dish, Second half 14th century

Lot 8. A rare carved cinnabar lacquer 'peony' dish, Second half 14th century; 18cm (7 1/8in) diam. (3). Estimate 750,000 - 1,000,000 HKD. Sold for HK$ 937,500 (€ 102,622) inc. premium. © Bonhams 2001-2018 With shallow rounded sides resting on a short foot, the interior exquisitely carved in deep relief through the thick red lacquer with three large peony blossoms, the large furled petals enclosing the meticulously carved floral-diapered stamens, all amidst dense foliage of large leaves and... [Lire la suite]
18 avril 2018

A superbly carved cinnabar lacquer ‘chun’ box and cover, Qianlong mark and period (1736-1795)

Lot 2863. A superbly carved cinnabar lacquer ‘chun’ box and cover, Qianlong mark and period (1736-1795); 38,5 cm, 14 1/8 in. Estimate 5,000,000 — 7,000,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's 2008.  the cover superbly carved in deep layers of varying relief through four layers of colour, the top surface carved with a large chun ('spring') character rising above a bowl filled with auspicious emblems, reserved against red, green and yellow radiating waves, the character centred... [Lire la suite]
20 février 2018

An Inscribed Cinnabar Lacquer Songhua Inkstone Set, Mark and Period of Yongzheng, Dated 1724

Lot 49. An Inscribed Cinnabar Lacquer Songhua Inkstone Set, Mark and Period of Yongzheng, Dated 1724; 12.9 cm., 5 1/8  in. Estimate 800,000 — 1,200,000 HKD. Lot sold 1,960,000 HKD. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2014 of circular form with straight sides supported on five short narrow feet, the cover with a slightly raised top finely incised and gilt with a twelve-column inscription titled Shiyan fu ('Ode to ink stone') and dated to the ninth day of the ninth month of... [Lire la suite]