14 octobre 2017

A silver-gilt mounted Chinese blue and white porcelain box, Wanli, 1573-1619, probably Dutch or English, circa 1680

Lot 216. A silver-gilt mounted Chinese blue and white porcelain box, the body Wanli, 1573-1619, the mounts, unmarked, probably Dutch or English, circa 1680. Estimate 4,000 — 6,000 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's. oblong with rounded ends, the cover decorated with a bird below climbing flowers and a butterfly, the twin-compartment body with trailing vines, the cover, body, and foot, with stylised acanthus border silver-gilt mounts; 13.5cm., 5 3/8 in. long. Provenance: Christie's, London, 19... [Lire la suite]

29 juillet 2017

A pair of 19th century chalcedony and yellow gold pendent earrings

A pair of 19th century chalcedony and yellow gold pendent earrings, English, circa 1835 © Symbolic & Chase Each designed as an elongated milky agate drop, embellished to its base with a two-tone gold foliate spray motif, suspended from flower-head surmounts with hook fittings, English, circa 1835, total length of earring 9cm, drop itself 7cm long.   £3,500. Please enquire here. Literature: Cf. Peter Hinks, Nineteenth Century Jewellery, Faber and Faber London 1975, Photo plate 13 for a photo of a very... [Lire la suite]
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04 mai 2017

Exhibition dedicated to rare and curious objects from over 5,000 years of civilisation opens in London

A large limestone panel, South Arabia, 3rd-2nd century BC, 45cm x 74cm. © Oliver Hoare Ltd LONDON.- Oliver Hoare presents Every Object Tells a Story, a public exhibition on view from 4 May to 5 July 2017 at 5 Cromwell Place, London. The exhibition is dedicated to approximately 400 rare and fascinating objects spanning five millennia and representing countless civilisations, each selected on the basis of their backstory and historical interest. Leading highlights and curiosities of the exhibition include a... [Lire la suite]
01 février 2017

Rare 18th century pagoda form musical automaton clock soars to $998,250 at Fontaine's auction

Lot 118. Extremely Rare 18th Century English Pagoda Automaton Musical Clock For Chinese Qing Imperial Court. Price Realized: $825,000.00. Courtesy Fontaine's auction. PITTSFIELD, MASS.- An exceedingly rare 18th century English-made pagoda form automaton musical clock, produced for the Chinese Qing Imperial Court, fell just shy of the $1 million mark when it sold for $998,250 (including buyer’s premium) at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery’s Antiques and Fine Art Auction, held January 21st in the firm’s... [Lire la suite]
20 décembre 2016

Cameo with a portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, English, circa 1570

Lot 65. Cameo with a portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, English, circa 1570. Estimate 7,000 — 10,000 GBP. Lot sold 27,500 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's chalcedony, set in a later gold mount - cameo: 23mm., 15/16 in., 28mm., 1 2/16 in. overall (excluding hoop) Note: In contemporary depictions of Queen Elizabeth's courtiers they are often shown wearing cameo portraits of the queen which were presented to her favourites as ambassadorial gifts; note in particular the painting by Robert... [Lire la suite]
20 décembre 2016

Ring, English, 15th century

Lot 2. Ring, English, 15th century. Estimate 6,000 — 8,000 GBP. Lot sold 17,500 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's  inscribed in Gothic script on the outside of the bezel: kar bien . et . male . toutdy . ne . dure (As good and evil always endure) and on the inside of the bezel: + Coies Imale . en . nostre . coer (Quiet the evil in our heart), and traces of enamel - gold, set with a sapphire - ring size: Q - exterior diameter: 22mm., 7/8 in.. ... [Lire la suite]
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02 septembre 2016

Highlights from LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair to be held 13th-18th September 2016

Courtesy Lapada. LONDON.- The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair returns for its eighth year to the suitably breathtaking surrounds of Berkeley Square, Mayfair. Sponsored by Delancey, the LAPADA Fair offers an unmissable opportunity to source and buy some of the world’s most coveted works of art, antiques, design and decorative arts. This year, it will take place from Tuesday 13th September until Sunday 18th September 2016, marking the start of London’s fashionable Autumn art season.  Over 100 members of LAPADA the... [Lire la suite]
15 mars 2016

Piva & C srl at TEFAF Maastricht 2016

Francesco Albotto (Venice 1721-1757), View of the church of Santa Maria della Salute in Venice form the Canal Grande. Oil on canvas, 61 x 97 cm. Piva & C srl © TEFAF Maastricht, 2016 Francesco Albotto (Venice 1721-1757), View of the Arsenal in Venice, Venice, circa 1740-1745. Oil on canvas, 63 x 97.5 cm. Piva & C srl © TEFAF Maastricht, 2016 Provenance: Carlo Du-Bois collection, Venice Literature: Catalogo di una raccolta di 354 dipinti, di Carlo Du-Bois,... [Lire la suite]
30 novembre 2015

Passion for Fashion on 8th December 2015 at Kerry Taylor Auctions

Lot 80 : A rare and important Elsa Schiaparelli 'Hall of Mirrors' jacket (detail), 'Zodiac' collection, Autumn-Winter, 1938-39. Estimate:£2000 - £3000. © Kerry Taylor Auctions. The sale opens with a mixture of Hermès handbags and Chanel jewellery – which could make tempting Christmas gifts? We also have the most perfect Christmas dress of all - a Pierre Balmain haute couture velvet dress 1955, covered with Lesage embroidered three-dimensional holly and berries (lot 81) – you just need a 24 inch waist!Although we... [Lire la suite]
05 octobre 2015

A group of fashion plates, English and French, mainly 1770-80s

A group of fashion plates, English and French, mainly 1770-80s. Estimate:£200 - £300. Photo courtesy Kerry Taylor Auctions A group of fashion plates, English and French, mainly 1770-80s. approx 30, including an example from 1689 depicting stylish mother and daughter, fashionable modes for men, women and accessories (qty) Provenance: The late Harry Matthews collection.  Kerry Taylor Auctions. Antique & Vintage Fashion & Textiles, October 13th 2015‏
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