09 février 2020

A wucai baluster vase, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

A wucai baluster vase, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722). Height 17 3/4  in., 45.3 cm. Photo Sotheby's Provenance: Rockefeller Collection.Ralph M. Chait Galleries, New York, 2002. Note: This vase is painted with a rarely depicted story featuring Guanyin.  It is a typical blend of reality and fiction involving a Song dynasty prefect, Cai Xiang (1012-1062), who designed the marble stone beam bridge spanning the Luoyang River just outside of Quanzhou city, Fujian province. The enormity... [Lire la suite]

09 février 2020

A rare underglaze-black beaker vase, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, with apocryphal Jiajing six-character mark

A rare underglaze-black beaker vase, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, with apocryphal Jiajing six-character mark. Height 17 1/2  in., 44.5 cm. Photo Sotheby's. Provenance: Ralph M. Chait Galleries, New York, 1999. Literature: R.M. Chait, "A Black and White Beaker-Shaped Vase," Far Eastern Ceramic Bulletin, September 1952, vol. IV, no. 3, serial no. 19, pp. 9-11. Note: The present vase offers an array of spiritual and auspicious imagery. The upper section focuses on the theme of longevity with deer... [Lire la suite]
09 février 2020

A large doucai hexagonal jardinière, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi marks and period (1662-1722)

A large doucai hexagonal jardinière, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi marks and period (1662-1722). Length 20¼  in., 51.5 cm. Photo Sotheby's Provenance: Private Collection, Milan.Christie's London, 15th May 2007, lot 282. Literature: Michel Beurdeley and Guy Raindre, Qing Porcelain: Famille Rose, Famille Verte, London, 1987, p. 58, fig. 62. Note: Daoist symbols abound on the present piece. The reign marks and fine quality of painting signify it was destined for the imperial palace. However, of the three major... [Lire la suite]
09 février 2020

A large wucai phoenix-tail vase, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period (1662-1722)

A large wucai phoenix-tail vase, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period (1662-1722). Height 29 3/8  in., 75.3 cm. Photo Sotheby's. Provenance: Vok Collection.Berwald Oriental Art, London, 2000.. Note: Sweeping mountainous blocks of greens and blues spiral around the undulating form relieved by open areas punctuated only by swirling polychrome clouds and flocks of birds in orderly flight. The painting, while reminiscent of classical literati style landscapes, exemplifies deliberate early Qing aesthetic criteria.  It... [Lire la suite]
09 février 2020

A rare and large doucai dish, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period (1662-1722

A rare and large doucai dish, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period (1662-1722). Diameter 19 3/8 in., 49.2 cm. Photo Sotheby's. Provenance: Christie’s London, 17th June 2003, lot 53. Note: The exactitude and technical prowess required to produce the present dish is remarkable. Doucai work is held in such high regard that Kangxi examples are typically set into a category of their own. Many are marked with six character reign marks or apocryphal Chenghua marks, a reference to an era famous for the quality of its... [Lire la suite]
27 mars 2019

A large blue and white 'Figural' teapot and and cover, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Lot 366. A large blue and white 'Figural' teapot and and cover, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722). Height 7 1/2  in., 19 cm. Estimate 6,000 - 8,000 USD. Lot sold 10,625 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. of globular form, the rounded sides painted in vibrant tones of cobalt blue with two rectangular panels each enclosing an idyllic scene of domestic happiness, one depicting an elegant woman on a swing being pushed from behind by an attendant and another young woman attending to a small boy chasing... [Lire la suite]

27 mars 2019

A large blue and white circular box and cover, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Lot 334. A large blue and white circular box and cover, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722). Diameter 6 in., 15.2 cm. Estimate 5,000 - 7,000 USD. Lot sold 12,500 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. of compressed form, the slightly domed cover finely painted in varying tones of cobalt blue with an intricate basket-weave pattern studded with white florets, the design continuing to the lower section all above a lappet band and against a pale blue ground, the interior plain, the base with an apocryphal... [Lire la suite]
27 mars 2019

A fine blue and white 'Squirell and Grapwine' vase, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Lot 341. A fine blue and white 'Squirell and Grapwine' vase, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722). Height 7 1/4  in., 18.4 cm. Estimate 5,000 - 7,000 USD. Lot sold 13,750 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the pear-shaped body sweeping to a slender neck and a slightly flaring lipped rim, painted in bright tones of underglaze blue with two playful squirrels scampering amid a meander of undulating grape vines issuing clusters of ripe fruit and broad leaves, all set between a band of upright lappets around the... [Lire la suite]
27 mars 2019

A famille-verte 'Li Bai' cup, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

  Lot 314. A famille-verte 'Li Bai' cup, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722). Height 4 1/2  in., 11.4 cm. Estimate 6,000 - 8,000 USD. Lot sold 13,750 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. finely potted, of elegantly curving beaker form, the steep, gently flaring sides sweeping to an everted rim, all supported on a slightly splayed base, the exterior superbly enameled with a scene featuring the famous, ample-bellied Tang dynasty poet relaxing on a balustraded, terraced hillside, wearing... [Lire la suite]
27 mars 2019

A fine blue and white 'Landscape' vase, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Lot 302. A fine blue and white 'Landscape' vase, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722). Height 10 5/8  in., 27 cm. Estimate 8,000 - 12,000 USD. Lot sold 13,750 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the elegant baluster body rising from a spreading foot to a slender waisted neck with everted rim, freely painted in a subtle range of blue tones with a continuous landscape depicting a boatman ferrying a passenger over tranquil water  towards a rustic pavilion amid leafing foliage and mountain... [Lire la suite]