05 avril 2019

A fine and rare blue-glazed bottle vase, Mark and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735)

Lot 3658. A fine and rare blue-glazed bottle vase, Mark and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735); 33.2 cm, 13 in. Estimate 1,500,000 — 2,500,000 HKD. Lot sold 4,000,000 HKD (515,240 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's. sturdily potted with a globular body resting on a recessed base and surmounted by a tall neck flaring at the rim, the exterior covered with a rich lapis glaze thinning slightly beneath the white-edged rim and ending neatly above the unglazed footring, the interior and recessed... [Lire la suite]

01 avril 2019

Selected Imperial Ming Ceramics from the Tianminlou Collection at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 03 Apr 2019

Antiques collector Ko Shih-Chao. Photo: Jonathan Wong Ko Shih Chao and the Tianminlou Collection Regina Krahl It was with a distinct shock of pleasure that I realized the extent of his success in assembling what is unquestionably one of the finest groups of these wares to be seen anywhere in private hands today… This is how in 1987 John Ayers characterised the collecting activity of Ko Shih Chao (1911-1992) and his Tianminlou Collection, when he wrote an introduction to the collection catalogue. Thirty years... [Lire la suite]
29 mars 2019

A Rare Iron-Red ‘Phoenix’ Waterpot, Yongzheng Period, 1723-1735

Lot 3411. A Rare Iron-Red ‘Phoenix’ Waterpot, Yongzheng Period, 1723-1735. H 5.5cm. Estimate HKD 1,800,000 - 2,800,000 (USD 229,300 - 356,689). Unsold. © Poly Auction Hong Kong Limited Provenance: 1. Collection of Edward T. Chow, Hong Kong2. Sotheby's Hong Kong, 25 November 1980, lot.1273. Sotheby's London, 16 June 1998, lot.260 (part lot)4. A Far Eastern Private Collection5. Sotheby's London, 6 November 2013, lot.157. Poly Auction Hong Kong. Imperial Curiosity – Art of Interior... [Lire la suite]
26 janvier 2019

A white jade 'bajixiang' ruyi sceptre, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Lot 2624. A white jade 'bajixiang' ruyi sceptre, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795); 43.6 cm, 17 1/8 in. Estimate 3,000,000 — 4,000,000 HKD. Lot Sold 3,620,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's 2010. the ruyi-shaped terminal finely carved with a stylised shou character roundel and encircled by four beribboned bajixiang emblems, the long, elegant arched shaft carved in low-relief with four emblems completing the bajixiang above a bat, the... [Lire la suite]
04 décembre 2018

Selection of early Ming and Qing ceramics and porcelains formerly in the collection of L.A. Basmadjieff (1911-2000) at Sotheby's

Lot 1. Jardinière en grès céladon Longquan, Début de la Dynastie Ming; 22,5 cm, 8 7/8  in. Estimate €15,000 - €25,000. Lot Sold: 16 000 €. © Sotheby's. les côtés arrondis peu profonds, les bords ourlés vers l'intérieur, reposant sur trois courts pieds en forme de tête d'animal, le décor moulé à l'extérieur d'une frise de huit trigrammes entre deux frises de cabochons, l'onctueuse glaçure vert de mer laissée en réserve au centre et s'arrêtant autour d'une base arrondie en ressaut en dessous, socle en... [Lire la suite]
29 novembre 2018

A famille-verte vase, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Lot 314. A famille-verte vase, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722); 19.7 cm, 7 3/4  in. Estimate 30,000 — 50,000 HKD. Lot sold 87,500 HKD. © Sotheby's. the tapering body rising to a waisted neck and flared rim, painted with two ladies and a boy in a garden landscape. Provenance:  Collection of Edward T. Chow (1910-1980).Sotheby's Hong Kong, 19th May 1981, lot 576.Collection of T.Y. Chao (1912-1999), and thence by descent in the family. Sotheby's. Chinese Art, Hong Kong,... [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]
27 septembre 2018

A rare underglaze-blue and yellow-enamelled 'Lotus bouquet' dish, mark and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735)

Lot 108. A rare underglaze-blue and yellow-enamelled 'Lotus bouquet' dish, mark and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735); 21.5 cm, 8 1/2  in. Estimate 1,500,000 — 2,000,000 HKD (191,100 - 254,800 USD). Lot Sold 1,875,000 HKD (239,175 USD). Photo: Sotheby's. the rounded sides rising from a short tapered foot to a lipped rim, painted in various shades of cobalt blue against a bright yellow-enamelled ground, the interior with a ribboned bouquet of lotus and other water... [Lire la suite]
06 avril 2018

A blue and white 'Conch' water-dropper, Ming dynasty, mid-15th century

Lot 2933. A blue and white 'Conch' water-dropper, Ming dynasty, mid-15th century; 12.7 cm., 5 in. Estimate 150,000 — 200,000 HKD. Lot sold 727,500 HKD  (59,105 EUR) (93,404 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's 2008. the water vessel moulded as a conch supported on a splayed foot, set to one side with a short spout in the form of a leaping fish, and to the other a handle in the form of the endless knot , the conch decorated with a band of beads suspending... [Lire la suite]
17 octobre 2017

A fine and exquisite pair of 'famille-rose' 'sanduo' cups, Yongzheng marks and period (1723-1735)

Lot 8. A fine and exquisite pair of 'famille-rose' 'sanduo' cups, Yongzheng marks and period (1723-1735), 8.7 cm, 3 1/2  in. Estimate 1,200,000 — 1,800,000 GBP. Lot sold 1,929,000 GBP. © Sotheby's. each finely potted with steep rounded sides rising from a short foot to a slightly flared rim and delicately painted in bright enamels with the sanduo fruits, a plump yellow and pink peach, borne on a branch surrounded by curling leaves, a large pomegranate split open... [Lire la suite]