31 mai 2013

A Magnificent Chinese ‘Imperial Tribute’ Dress Sword of European Design. Guangzhou (Canton), Circa 1795

A Magnificent Chinese ‘Imperial Tribute’ Dress Sword of European Design. Guangzhou (Canton), Circa 1795. Photo courtesy Pelham London Total Length 98.5 cm (2 ft 3 ¾ in.). Total Width of Handle 11.5 cm (4 ½ in.). Price on request The tapering partly-blued steel blade with engraved gold foil Chinese and Western-style motifs including prunus sprays, a crown, a military trophy, Britannia, and the coat of arms of the British Monarchy including the mottos Honni Soit Qui Mal Y Pense and Dieu et Mon Droit, with a spurious... [Lire la suite]

18 août 2012

"Islamic Arts from Southeast Asia: Highlights of the Asian Civilisations Museum" @ Singapore

  Large vase. China, Guangzhou, ca 1900. Gilded brass and enamel SINGAPORE.- The Asian Civilisations Museum presents highlights of Islamic arts of Southeast Asia from its own collection, including several recent acquisitions, in the exhibition Islamic Arts from Southeast Asia: Highlights of the Asian Civilisations Museum, on display at the museum through 20 January 2013. The exhibition reveals how artistic ideas from central Islamic lands were adapted in Southeast Asia to create a style that is uniquely our own.  A... [Lire la suite]
08 juillet 2012

Panel, 1700-1825. Guangzhou, China

Panel, 1700-1825. Guangzhou, China. Satin silk, embroidered with silks. Museum number: T.245-1921. Victoria & Albert Museum  © V&A Images. This embroidered hanging depicts the martyrdom of St Sebastian (traditionally believed to have taken place around 288). The red silk background (now faded) is the colour associated with the commemoration of Christian martyrs in the Roman Catholic Church. This textile was probably used during a religious procession. It may have been produced by... [Lire la suite]
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31 mai 2010

A Baroque pearl, crystal, glass and gold snuff bottle; Imperial, attributed to Guangzhou, 1760–1799

A Baroque pearl, crystal, glass and gold snuff bottle. snuff bottle, attributed to Guangzhou, 1760–1799. photo Bonhams 3.92cm high. Sold for HK$840,000 Footnote: Treasury 7, 1659 異形珍珠、水晶、玻璃、 金鼻煙壺御製品,推定為廣州作,1760~1799The Emperor's Southern PearlBaroque pearl, crystal, transparent red and green glass, and gold; well hollowed with flat lips and no functional foot; the baroque pearl body asymmetrically encased around the upper area with gold, giving way to a formal, waisted neck, the mantle encrusted with... [Lire la suite]
10 mars 2010

Painting and Imperial Objects Highlight Sotheby's Fine Chinese Sale

A Rare Imperial Tribute Guangzhou Embellished Ivory and Tortoiseshell Fan, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period. Est. $100/150,000. Photo: Sotheby's NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s 23 March 2010 sale of Chinese Works of Art will feature paintings, ceramics, jades and furniture including a number of Imperial works from distinguished private collections. Among the highlights of the sale is A Fine and Rare Imperial ‘Zitan’ Stand and Base – zitan is widely recognized as one of the most luxurious of materials, so much so that it was said to be... [Lire la suite]
31 août 2009

Highlights of Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Property From the Arthur M. Sackler Collections @ Christi'es

This September, Christie’s is pleased to offer over 350 lots of fine Chinese porcelain, jade, furniture and works of art from diverse collections. Following on the heels of the record setting March sales in New York, Christie’s once again looks forward to a highly successful sale of exceptional Chinese works of art. Highlights of this sale. An important and rare imperial Guangzhou tribute embellished ivory and tortoiseshell fan. Qianlong period (1736-1795) Made of very thin, finely woven ivory caning mounted in a... [Lire la suite]