07 février 2019

A cinnabar lacquer 'chun' peach-shaped box and cover, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Lot 2754. A cinnabar lacquer 'chun' peach-shaped box and cover, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795); 20 cm., 7 7/8 in. Estimate 400,000 — 600,000 HKD. Lot Sold 500,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's 2010. the cinquefoil lobed cover finely carved to the top through the red and green layers with a large chun ('spring') character centred with a medallion enclosing Shoulao and rising above a bowl overflowing with auspicious emblems, reserved against red and green radiating... [Lire la suite]

28 janvier 2019

A cinnabar lacquer stembowl, seal mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795)

Lot 2756. A cinnabar lacquer stembowl, seal mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795); 15 cm., 5 7/8 in. Estimate 600,000—800,000 HKD. Lot Sold 1,700,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's 2010. the body with deep flaring sides rising from an angled base and tall spreading hollow foot to an everted rim, finely and deeply carved around the exterior through the red lacquer layers to the black ground with eight lança characters enclosed within leafy lotus strapwork panels and reserved on a floret-diaper... [Lire la suite]
28 janvier 2019

A large and impressive cinnabar lacquer 'chun' peach-shaped box and cover, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Lot 2642. A large and impressive cinnabar lacquer 'chun' peach-shaped box and cover, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795); 38 cm., 14 7/8 in. Estimate 1,300,000 — 1,800,000 HKD. Lot Sold 1,820,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's 2010. the cover finely and deeply carved through red, green, black and yellow layers with a peach-shaped panel enclosing the character chun ('spring') centred with a medallion enclosing Shou Lao and rising above a large bowl overflowing with... [Lire la suite]
26 janvier 2019

A very rare carved cinnabar lacquer circular box and cover, Ming dynasty, Hongwu period (1368-1398)

Lot 2639. A very rare carved cinnabar lacquer circular box and cover, Ming dynasty, Hongwu period (1368-1398); 33 cm., 13 in. Estimate 4,000,000—6,000,000 HKD. Lot Sold 4,820,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's 2010. the cover finely carved with a medallion enclosing a landscape scene, depicting a scholar and attendant standing on a fenced terrace over-looking a pavilion and garden filled with trees issuing from rockwork, all below swirling ruyi-shaped cloud scrolls, the angled shoulder... [Lire la suite]
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]