01 mai 2021

A superbly carved rare marble fragmentary head of Shakyamuni Buddha, Northern Qi dynasty (550-577)

Lot 5. A superbly carved rare marble fragmentary head of Shakyamuni Buddha, Northern Qi dynasty (550-577); 27.8 cm. Estimate: 3,000,000- 5,000,000 HKD. Lot sold: 3,780,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's. sensitively modelled, the benevolent face depicted with a pair of heavily-lidded downcast eyes, an elongated nose flanked by pendulous ears and delicately hemmed lips, all below evenly arched eyebrows, the hair arranged in dense rows of spiral curls rising to a faintly domed ushnisha, stand. ... [Lire la suite]
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07 novembre 2020

A monumental pair of marble Buddhist lions, Ming dynasty (1368-1644)

Lot 23. A monumental pair of marble Buddhist lions, Ming dynasty (1368-1644); 50 ¼ in. high, 26 ¼ in wide, 27 in. deep (127.5 cm. x 66.5 cm. x 68.5 cm.). Estimate GBP 40,000 - GBP 60,000. Price realised GBP 193,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020. Each lion is carved seated on its haunches on a waisted lotus plinth with drapings, wearing a tasselled collar carved in relief that is hung with a bell suspended above the chest. One beast has its right paw resting on a cub, the other has its... [Lire la suite]
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24 avril 2020

A pair of large marble Buddhistic lions, Ming dynasty

Lot 108. A pair of large marble Buddhistic lions, Ming dynasty. The largest: 72cm., 28 3/8in. Estimate: £60,000 — 80,000. Lot sold 75,000 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's. each recumbent animal carved in mirror image and poised on its front legs, its head facing to the side and with a sash in its mouth, one with one cub perched on its back and another under its front left paw, on a rectangular base, the sides carved in relief with scrolling clouds. Property From A Portuguese... [Lire la suite]
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27 janvier 2020

A marble carving of a rabbit on a lotus base, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907)

Lot 1511. A marble carving of a rabbit on a lotus base, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907); 5 3/8 in. (13.8 cm) high. Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000. Price realised USD 30,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The rabbit is carved in a recumbent position, with legs tucked under the body and ears laid back, resting on a domed base carved around the sides with lotus petals, all above a plain square plinth. Provenance: Acquired in New York, before 1990.  Note: Small Tang-dynasty marble... [Lire la suite]
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15 octobre 2019

Christie's to offer the collection of the late Oliver Hoare

Oliver Hoare (1945-2018). © Oliver Hoare Limited, 2019. LONDON.- On October 25th, Christie’s will present the collection of the late Oliver Hoare (1945-2018). A highly influential and much loved art dealer who specialised in Islamic art, Oliver inaugurated Islamic sales at Christie’s in 1975 when working for the auction house. Known for celebrating the remarkable stories of objects from across countless countries and eras, and the joy and intrigue that they could bring, Oliver assembled a collection of works of... [Lire la suite]
31 juillet 2019

A carved and inlaid marble Qur’an stand, North India, 19th century

Lot 284. A carved and inlaid marble Qur’an stand, North India, 19th century; 15 3/8 ins. (39 cm.) high. Estimate USD 40,000 - USD 60,000. Price realised USD 40,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019 In damascened steel frame. Exhibited: The Miho Museum, Koka 2016, p. 69, no. 41. Christie's. Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence, New York, 19 June 2019

21 juillet 2019

A rare pair of marble seated lions, Tang dynasty (618-906)

Lot 99. A rare pair of marble seated lions, Tang dynasty (618-906); 20.1cm., 7 7/8 in. Estimate 40,000 - 60,000 GBP. Lot sold 50,000 GBP. © Sotheby's. each powerfully carved figure seated on its haunches with its muscular front paws firmly planted on the rectangular base, the head facing forward with mouth open in a roar showing the teeth and up-curled tongue, the ears flattened back above the long, curling mane, the smooth stone with a warm ivory patina.  ... [Lire la suite]
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06 septembre 2018

A marble figure of a standing Bodhisattva, Northern Zhou-Sui dynasty (557-618)

Lot 15. A marble figure of a standing Bodhisattva, Northern Zhou-Sui dynasty  (557-618). Height 33 3/4  in., 88 cm. Estimate: 400,000 — 600,000 USD. © Sotheby's.  the deity carved standing, grasping a bottle held in the lowered proper left hand, richly adorned with an intricately detailed diadem of twisted, beaded, and jeweled strands encircling the lobed double-chignon piled high on the top of the head, the peaceful face with broadly arched brows... [Lire la suite]
17 mai 2018

Getty Museum announces acquisition of second-century Roman portrait bust

Portrait Bust of a Man, AD 140-160. Roman. Marble. Height: 30 in. LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Getty Museum announces the acquisition of a second-century AD Roman marble portrait bust of a man. The life-sized sculpture portrays a middle-aged man of high status who has a powerful and vivid appearance. His short beard and moustache are akin to those of the emperor Hadrian (AD 117-138), but the curly hair, prominent facial features, and intense gaze are more characteristic of the expressive style of the reign of Antoninus Pius... [Lire la suite]
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30 août 2017

New exhibition at San Antonio Museum of Art combines science and art

Head of Antinous as Dionysos, Roman, A.D. 130-138, Marble, h. 15 in. (38.1 cm), San Antonio Museum of Art, gift of Gilbert M. Denman, Jr. Photography by Peggy Tenison. SAN ANTONIO, TX.- On September 1, the San Antonio Museum of Art will present Antinous, the Emperor’s Beloved: Investigating a Roman Portrait, the first exhibition of its kind for the Museum, as it focuses on the close examination of a single work in the collection. This exhibition shares both scientific, behind-the-scenes research and the story of... [Lire la suite]