03 septembre 2015

Tourmaline, Cranberry Red Ruby Crystal, Corundum var. Sapphire, Opal, Rainbow Petrified Wood

Very deep green chrome crystal of Tourmaline. 350 ct and about 44 x 40 mm specimen. 1.7", 556ct Sharp Cranberry Red Ruby Crystal, India. Corundum var. Sapphire - Ratnapura, Ratnapura District, Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka. Opal  - Tsehay Mewcha, Delanta Woreda, South Wello, Amhara Province, Ethiopia. Rainbow Petrified Wood (Araucarioxylon Arizonicum,  Triassic) - Chinle Formation, Arizona

14 août 2015

Blossom Shaped Agate Bowl, India, Probably 19th century

Blossom Shaped Agate Bowl, India, Probably 19th century. Starting price € 400.00. Photo Auctionata This Agate bowl was probably made in 19th century India. The bowl has a blossom shape, with two small handles. The bowl is connected to a foot rim, under which there is a lotus flower decoration. Its simple shape made from one piece is elegant and graceful. The bowl is in good condition, with a small nick on the rim that shows discoloration. The bowl has a diameter of 9.4 cm, and is 3.8 cm tall. (pbu) ... [Lire la suite]
14 juin 2015

'Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices' opens at the Art Gallery of South Australia

Japan, Scenes of traders in Nagasaki, Mid-18th century, Nagasaki pair of hand scrolls, opaque watercolour, ink and gold on paper; box, wood, paper and ink. M.J.M Carter AO Collection through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation 2014. Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.   ADELAIDE.- Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices at the Art Gallery of South Australia in June and at the Art Gallery of Western Australia in October is the first exhibition in Australia to present the complex artistic and... [Lire la suite]
13 juin 2015

Shoes and sacrifice: Exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum explores footwear fashion

Chopines, about 1600 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London LONDON (AFP).- For centuries, women and sometimes men have squeezed their feet into tiny shoes or balanced on towering heels to feel sexy, empowered and to show their wealth and status. Now their sacrifice is being celebrated in a new exhibition, 'Shoes: Pleasure and Pain', which opens at the V&A museum in London on Saturday. From a 2,000-year-old pair of Egyptian gold sandals to child-like Chinese slippers for bound feet, to Christian... [Lire la suite]
30 avril 2015

A superb pair of antique emerald bangles

A superb pair of antique emerald bangles, 1900s, India. Estimate CHF1,500,000 – CHF2,000,000 ($1,573,871 - $2,098,495). Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015 Each set with twenty-three graduated rectangular-cut emeralds, in a raised openwork scrolling gold mount, 1900s, India, inner circumference 16.2 cm, each in a red leather fitted case bearing the initial 'B'  Accompanied by report no. 79094 dated 18 March 2015 from the SSEF Swiss Gemmological Institute stating that the 46 emeralds are of Colombian... [Lire la suite]
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21 avril 2015

A Mughal gem-set ivory Archer's Ring; and a Mughal jade Archer's Ring, India, 18th-19th Century

A Mughal gem-set ivory Archer's Ring; and a Mughal jade Archer's Ring, India, 18th-19th Century. Estimate £2,500 - 3,000 (€3,500 - 4,200). Photo Bonhams. each of typical form; the ivory ring with tapering protruding front, set with rubies, emeralds and diamonds in gold in the form of a floral spray; the jade ring of pale green colour, carved in low relief with floral and foliate motifs - ivory ring 4.4 cm., jade ring 4 cm. (length)(2) Bonhams. ISLAMIC AND INDIAN ART, 21 Apr 2015 10:30 BST... [Lire la suite]

21 avril 2015

A 'Hindustan' carved jade bowl, India, 18th-19th Century

A 'Hindustan' carved jade bowl, India, 18th-19th Century. Estimate £5,000 - 7,000 (€6,900 - 9,700). Photo Bonhams. of deep rounded form with sides rising to flaring rim, on short circular foot in the form of lobed petals surrounding a flower head, the sides thinly carved with a frieze of cartouches filled with floral sprays within narrow borders of foliate motifs, the semi-translucent stone with dark inclusions, in later fitted box - 15 cm. diameter of rim, 5.8 cm. height Provenance: Collection of Imre... [Lire la suite]
21 avril 2015

A gem-set jade and rock crystal Back Scratcher, India, 18th-19th Century

A gem-set jade and rock crystal Back Scratcher, India, 18th-19th Century. Estimate £8,000 - 12,000 (€11,000 - 17,000). Photo Bonhams. in the form of a hand made of spinach jade bearing gem-set rings on thumb and the little finger and a gem-set flower on the back, tapering to a long cylindrical shaft, the top jade section with carved leaves and gem-set bands, the central section of rock crystal carved with a repetitive lattice pattern, the lower section of jade with a similar lattice pattern with gem-set borders... [Lire la suite]
16 avril 2015

A Mughal jade-hilted dagger with watered-steel blade, India, 18th century

A Mughal jade-hilted dagger with watered-steel blade, India, 18th century. Estimate 5,495 - 8,242 EUR. Photo courtesy Sotheby's. the spinach jade pistol-grip hilt carved with leafy fronds highlighted with gold leaf, the watered-steel double-edged blade swelled at the tip, with central ridge - 39.5cm. Sotheby's. Arts of the Islamic World, Londres, 22 avr. 2015, 10:30 AM
13 avril 2015

A Mughal ivory powder horn, India, 17th-18th century

A Mughal ivory powder horn, India, 17th-18th century. Estimate 10,000 — 15,000 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's composed of two joined sections of tusk, worked in relief and in the round with hunting quadrupeds and birds, each side with gazelle heads, one emerging from the mouth of a tiger, the others carved in mirror-form, a spring-action levered steel stopper attached to top - 28.5cm.  Note: This powder horn forms part of a group of imaginatively and ornately-decorated carved flasks produced in... [Lire la suite]