16 avril 2014

Sotheby's announces first dedicated exhibition of ancient Chinese erotic art in Hong Kong

A set of seven small porcelain figures, 19th – 20th Century. Photo: Sotheby's. Hong Kong - Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery is delighted to present part of the Ferdinand M. Bertholet Collection, the world’s largest collection of erotic art, from 16 April to 3 May. The exhibition entitled Gardens of Pleasure: Sex in Ancient China, will feature more than 100 pieces of astounding works of art from the Ferdinand M. Bertholet Collection, with objects dating from the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD) to the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911 AD).... [Lire la suite]
08 avril 2014

An archaic tile-form inkstone. The tile: Han dynasty. The inkstone conversion: Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century

An archaic tile-form inkstone. The tile: Han dynasty. The inkstone conversion: Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century. Photo: Sotheby's. the slightly tapered round stone fragment carved in low relief on the underside with a recessed lobed medallion centred with a lozenge surrounded by four almond shaped petals, within a border of radiating petals between two circles and further raised roundels around the edge, the top hollowed out with a shallow oblong inkwell smoothly polished and stained to a warm russet colour, the front inscised... [Lire la suite]

11 février 2014

A lead green glazed vase, hu, Han Dynasty

A lead green glazed vase, hu, Han Dynasty. Photo Bonhams. Of compressed baluster form with flaring neck and dish shaped mouth, the shoulder with twin moulded taotie mask and ring handles on a continuous decorative band of mythical animals and an equestrian archer amongst foaming waves, carved hardwood stand. The vase 35cm (13.3/4in) high. Estimate £1,000 - 1,500 (€1,200 - 1,800) From a private English collection assembled in London in the 1960s and 1970s. Bonhams. ASIAN ART. 19 Feb 2014. London, Knightsbridge -... [Lire la suite]
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13 janvier 2014

Jacques How-Choong: Oriental art @ Art in Brussels. 4 to 8 June 2014

Sitting Buddha, China, Yunnan province, 13th-14th century.Hard wood covered with lacquer and gold, 39cm high. Photo courtesy Jacques How-Choong. Archaic vase, China, Han dynasty, circa 1st BC -AD 1st century. Decorated with elaborate and deep engravings of mountains, animals, immortal spirits and fantastic beasts. 28cm high. Photo courtesy Jacques How-Choong. Jacques How has been collecting and dealing in Chinese and South East Asian art, specialising in particular in rare early Buddhist art (he focuses on Dali Kingdom... [Lire la suite]
13 novembre 2013

An archaic bronze 'TLV' mirror, Han dynasty

An archaic bronze 'TLV' mirror, Han dynasty. Photo courtesy Bonhams One side with a central domed knop, cast in relief with a series of 'T', 'L' and 'V'-shaped geometric symbols on a scrolling ground, all within a frieze of cloud scrolls on the rim. 10cm diam. Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 25,000 (€1,400 - 2,400) Compare a very similar but slightly larger archaic bronze mirror, illustrated by Jessica Rawson & Emma Bunker, Ancient Chinese and Ordos Bronzes, Hong Kong, 1990, p.253, no.171. Bonhams. FINE CHINESE... [Lire la suite]
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26 septembre 2013

Solar Tree of Life, China, Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD)

Solar Tree of Life, China, Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD). Photo courtesy Vanderven Oriental Art. Height: 31 cm, Width: 41 cm. TL-tested by Oxford Authentication, ltd. Price on request The tree of life is one of the most widespread symbolic motifs throughout the world. Han period trees are rare and often associated with the legend of the immortal archer Houyi. He shoots nine of the ten sun-birds, thus saving the world from drought. This tree has further longevity symbolism, including a dragon which represents... [Lire la suite]
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09 septembre 2013

Chinese Bronze, Gilt-Bronze, Inlaid Bronze & Turquoise Inlaid Bronze Belt Hooks, Warring States & Han Dynasty

Chinese Gilt-Bronze Belt Hook, Warring States Period. Photo courtesy Doyle New York The large gently curved form cast in high relief as a sinuous dragon his tail terminating in a hook, the reverse with circular knop. Length 6 1/4 inches. Estimate $3,000-5,000 Property from a Private American Collection  Two Chinese Bronze Belt Hooks, Warring States Period. Photo courtesy Doyle New York One with a wide curved top above a tapering ridged hook, cast with raised stylized taotie... [Lire la suite]
30 août 2013

Chinese Archaic Bronze Mirror, Han Dynasty

Chinese Archaic Bronze Mirror, Han Dynasty. Photo courtesy Doyle  Of squared section with a raised outer border and a central pierced circular knop. Length 4 1/4 inches. Scattered very shallow dents to exterior rim. Scattered areas of green encrustation. Light surface scratches to reverse. Estimate $2,000-3,000  Provenance: Sotheby's, New York, Sale 6028, May 30, 1990, lot 26  Property from a Private American Collection   Doyle New York. Asian Works of Art. Monday,... [Lire la suite]
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26 août 2013

A gilt-bronze bear-form support, Han dynasty

A gilt-bronze bear-form support, Han dynasty. Photo Sotheby's hollow-cast in a half-kneeling position with fore paws resting on its knees and its jaw open, the body finely incised with hair markings and small openings where turquoise was inlaid, with a D-shaped aperture in the top of the head and a circular opening in the base, fitted wood stand (2). Height 2 5/8  in., 6.6 cm. Estimation 15,000 — 20,000 PROVENANCE: Collection of Adolphe Stoclet prior to 1933.An old Japanese collection... [Lire la suite]
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26 août 2013

A very rare miniature silver and gilt-bronze tripod vessel (hu), Han dynasty

A very rare miniature silver and gilt-bronze tripod vessel (hu), Han dynasty. Photo Sotheby's of compressed spherical form supported on three bear-form feet, the sides set with opposing loop handles suspending rings, finely gilt with a turtledove and beast amidst cloud scrolls forming the main register around the steeply rounded sides below a narrow gilt band, the neck decorated with a frieze of triangular motifs underneath another narrow gilt band, the cover surmounted with a ringed loop finial, decorated with gilt... [Lire la suite]
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