23 février 2019

A painted straw-glazed pottery figure of a horse, Early Tang dynasty, 7th century

Lot 231. A painted straw-glazed pottery figure of a horse, Early Tang dynasty, 7th century; 14 1/8 in. (36 cm.) high. Estimate USD 2,500 - USD 3,500. Price realised USD 6,250. © Christie's Image Ltd 2008   Modeled standing foursquare on a rectangular base with mouth open and ears pricked either side of the hogged mane, the body and long tail covered with a yellowish glaze painted in black with trappings, the unglazed saddle and blanket painted in red and black pigments.  ... [Lire la suite]

27 août 2018

'Elegance Personified: a pair of Tang standing Bodhisattvas' at Christie's New York, 13 - 14 September

Elegantly outftted in the sumptuous trappings of an Indian prince of old, these compelling sculptures represent bodhisattvas 菩薩,1 benevolent beings who have attained enlightenment 菩提 but who have selfessly postponed entry into nirvana 涅槃 in order to assist other sentient beings—有情 or 眾生—in gaining enlightenment.2 Bodhisattvas are presented in the guise of an early Indian prince, a reference to Siddhartha Gautama’s worldly status before he became the Historical Buddha Shakyamuni 釋迦牟尼佛, implying that... [Lire la suite]
31 juillet 2017

Wine cup with ring handle, birds, animals, and grapevines, early Tang dynasty, late 7th century

Wine cup with ring handle, birds, animals, and grapevines, China, Shaanxi province, probably Xi’an, early Tang dynasty, late 7th century © 2017 Smithsonian Institution Although they look like tea cups, Chinese vessels such as this resemble earlier Sogdian gilt silver and gilt bronze wine cups. Their purpose is subtly suggested by the grapevine motif on the cup’s surface. Surprisingly, the cup appears to have been made using two different shaping techniques. The body, bottom, and foot were hammered from separate... [Lire la suite]
09 mars 2017

A painted pottery figure of an equestrian, Early Tang dynasty

Lot 600. A painted pottery figure of an equestrian, Early Tang dynasty. Estimate 8,000 — 12,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the rider modeled as a Turfan woman with hands raised, the horse standing four square with head slightly lowered to the left, traces of pigment, the interior hollowed. Height 16 3/4  in., 42.5 cm Provenance: Collection of Ezekiel Schloss.Collection of Earl Morse.Eskenazi, London. Exhibited: Spirit and Ritual. The Morse Collection of Ancient Chinese... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Alain Truong à 18:47 - - Commentaires [0] - Permalien [#]
Tags : , ,
04 septembre 2015

Imperial bronze bell from the Hearst Collection to lead Sotheby's Chinese Art Sale

A Rare And Important Imperial Gilt-Bronze Ritual Bell (Bianzhong) Estimate $1/1.5million. Photo: Sotheby's. NEW YORK, NY.- The bi-annual New York sale of Important Chinese Art on 15 - 16 September will be led by extraordinarily rare Imperial Bronze Bell made for the court of the Qianlong emperor (r. 1736-1795), and which has remained in the Hearst family since it was acquired by William Randolph Hearst in 1921. Further highlights include a pale celadon jade ‘taotie’ censer and cover from The Kitson Collection, dating from the... [Lire la suite]
09 mars 2015

Two painted gray pottery figures of female attendants, Early Tang dynasty

Two painted gray pottery figures of female attendants, Early Tang dynasty. Estimate 18,000 — 20,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. both figures standing, one holding cymbals, wearing a tunic belted above the waist and cloud-shaped slippers peeking out from underneath the hem, the head turning to one side with the hair pulled up into a tidy topknot, the other in an equally animated pose, gracefully stepping forward, with one arm raised, the other held  to one side, eyes gazing downward, wearing a long... [Lire la suite]