16 octobre 2019

A very rare underglaze-blue, famille-rose and gilt-decorated 'boys medallion' vase, Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795)

Lot 8. A very rare underglaze-blue, famille-rose and gilt-decorated 'boys medallion' vase, Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795). Height 18.2 cm, 7⅛ in. Estimate: 150,000 - 250,000 GBP. Lot sold 519,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby's. finely potted with an elegant pear-shape body sweeping from a short foot to a tall slender neck with everted rim, decorated with three round white medallions to the body, each delicately enamelled with boys at play, all between stylised foliage bearing large lotus... [Lire la suite]

16 octobre 2019

A fine and rare pair of white-glazed cut-through 'lotus' bowls, Qianlong seal marks and period (1736-1795)

Lot 7. A fine and rare pair of white-glazed cut-through 'lotus' bowls, Qianlong seal marks and period (1736-1795). Diameter of each 13.5 cm, 5¼ in. Estimate: 50,000 - 70,000 GBP. Lot sold 162,500 GBP. Photo Sotheby's. each thinly potted with rounded sides rising from a straight foot to a gently flared rim, delicately pierced around the body with a broad band of scrolling lotus blooms, applied overall with a transparent unctuous glaze revealing the white body and intricate design, the base... [Lire la suite]
14 septembre 2019

An exceptional soapstone figure of a luohan by Zhou Bin, Qing dynasty, 17th - 18th century

Lot 678. An exceptional soapstone figure of a luohan by Zhou Bin, Qing dynasty, 17th - 18th century. Height 4 3/8  in., 11.1 cm. Estimate 120,000 — 150,000 USD. Lot sold 150,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. seated on a quatrefoil cushion, leaning onto the left hand with the right knee raised at the opposite side of the body, the right hand gesturing in front of the chest, the body draped in loose robes fluttering upward at the hem lines, the fabrics finely incised with the brocade... [Lire la suite]
12 septembre 2019

A gilt-bronze figure of Buddha, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 323. A gilt-bronze figure of Buddha, Tang dynasty (618-907). Height 6 7/8  in., 17.5 cm. Estimate USD 100,000 — 150,000. Lot sold 125,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the figure cast seated, with the proper right hand raised in the abhaya mudra, the hair in neat spirals around the ushnisha and extending to a low and straight hairline just above prominent arched brows, the features crisply cast between full and rounded cheeks, the robe open... [Lire la suite]
07 septembre 2019

A Guan-type faceted vase (hu), Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795)

Lot 628. A Guan-type faceted vase (hu), Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795). Height 5 3/4  in., 14.6 cm. Estimate 60,000 — 80,000 USD. © Sotheby's.  the pear-shaped body of quadrangular section with canted corners, all supported on a straight foot and set with two lug handles at the neck, covered overall in a creamy pale bluish-green glaze suffused with fine taupe-colored craquelure, the base with a six-character seal mark in underglaze blue. Provenance: Collection of... [Lire la suite]
06 septembre 2019

An important and extremely rare inlaid iron flask, Warring States period-Han dynasty (475 BC–220 AD)

Lot 241. An important and extremely rare inlaid iron flask, Warring States period - Han dynasty (475 BC–220 AD). Height 32. cm. Estimate 150,000 — 250,000 USD. © Sotheby's. the flattened oval body sumptuously inset on each side with five registers of gilt-silver and turquoise plaques enclosing various mythical creatures and animals, each plaque surrounded by four detached scrolls inlaid in fine silver wires, separated by raised... [Lire la suite]

30 août 2019

A  very rare gilt-metal 'Guardian Kings' box and cover, Tang-Liao dynasty (618-1125)

Lot 233. A  very rare gilt-metal 'Guardian Kings' box and cover, Tang-Liao dynasty (618-1125). Length 2 1/2  in., 6.3 cm. Estimate USD 50,000 — 70,000. Courtesy Sotheby's. of rectangular form, finely engraved to the top and bottom with the Four Guardian Kings standing on rockwork, including one holding a stupa and another holding a sword, all against a finely executed ring-punched ground, the sides with ring-punched lozenge patterns (2). ... [Lire la suite]
29 août 2019

A superb and rare silvered-metal 'Mandarin ducks' bowl, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 227. A superb and rare silvered-metal 'Mandarin ducks' bowl, Tang dynasty (618-907). Diameter 4 1/8  in., 10.3 cm. Estimate USD 50,000 — 70,000. Courtesy Sotheby's. the shallow rounded sides rising from a flat base to a flared rim, the exterior meticulously decorated with a finely chased and engraved design of four pairs of mandarin ducks, divided by leafy lotus sprays issuing from a ring of connected ruyi heads, enclosing a... [Lire la suite]
29 août 2019

A magnificent and rare gilt-bronze silver-lined stem cup, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 221. A magnificent and rare gilt-bronze silver-lined stem cup, Tang dynasty (618-907). Height 2 1/2  in., 6.5 cm. Estimate USD 100,000 — 150,000. Courtesy Sotheby's. with shallow rounded sides rising to a flared rim, encircled by a raised ring dividing the cup into two sections, the upper section meticulously engraved with a band of upright petals enclosing birds and flower sprays, lower section decorated with a band of leaf-shaped petals enclosing flower scrolls and a... [Lire la suite]
29 août 2019

An exceptionally rare gilt-bronze figure of Laojun, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 209. An exceptionally rare gilt-bronze figure of Laojun, Tang dynasty (618-907). Height 3 3/4  in., 9.7 cm. Estimate USD 50,000 — 70,000. Courtesy Sotheby's. finely cast seated cross-legged with a tripod armrest encircling the front half of the torso, wearing a small scholar's cap, the face with a sincere expression and a pointed beard, the body clothed in an interior garment tied at the chest, with an outer robe open and hanging in creased folds, the hands atop the armrest and... [Lire la suite]