04 octobre 2018

A finely reticulated and carved rhinoceros horn libation cup, Ming dynasty, 17th century

Lot 3447. A finely reticulated and carved rhinoceros horn libation cup, Ming dynasty, 17th century; 15.7 cm, 6 1/8  in. Estimate: 800,000-1,200,000 HKD. Lot sold 1,000,000 HKD (127,560 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's. the lustrously patinated variegated brown conically shaped horn carved with a deep U-shaped vessel modelled in the form of a large furled lotus leaf with an undulating rim, depicted borne on a stem surrounded by gnarled leafy stalks issuing budding magnolia blooms, lychees and a... [Lire la suite]

26 septembre 2018

A rare blue and white barbed cupstand, Ming dynasty, Hongwu period (1368-1398)

Lot 117. A rare blue and white barbed cupstand, Ming dynasty, Hongwu period (1368-1398); 19.6 cm, 7 5/8  in. Estimate 1,800,000 — 2,500,000 HKD (229,320 - 318,500 USD). Lot Sold 2,250,000 HKD (287,010 USD). Photo: Sotheby's. the shallow rounded sides rising to a barbed everted rim divided into eight bracket foliations, moulded on the interior with a central raised ring and around the exterior with crisp radiating ridges dividing the... [Lire la suite]
26 septembre 2018

A rare and brilliantly painted blue and white barbed 'floral' charger, Ming dynasty, Yongle period (1403-1424)

Lot 140. A rare and brilliantly painted blue and white barbed 'floral' charger, Ming dynasty, Yongle period (1403-1424); 38 cm, 15 in. Estimate 2,500,000 — 3,500,000 HKD (318,500 - 445,900 USD). Lot Sold 3,240,000 HKD (413,294 USD). Photo: Sotheby's. with shallow rounded sides divided into twelve bracket foliations, rising from a short circular tapered foot to a barbed everted rim, exquisitely painted in shades of cobalt blue with 'heaping and piling', the interior with a central... [Lire la suite]
26 septembre 2018

A fine and extremely rare blue and white conical 'rose' bowl, Ming dynasty, Yongle period (1403-1424)

Lot 105. A fine and extremely rare blue and white conical 'rose' bowl, Ming dynasty, Yongle period (1403-1424); 20 cm, 7 7/8  in. Estimate 3,000,000 — 4,000,000 HKD (382,200 - 509,600 USD). Lot Sold 4,680,000 HKD (596,981 USD). Photo: Sotheby's. superbly potted in conical form, the wide flaring sides rising from a straight foot, delicately painted in soft cobalt-blue tones with characteristic 'heaping and piling' effect, depicting flowering and budding roses borne on a leafy meander... [Lire la suite]
26 septembre 2018

An outstanding and rare blue and white 'rosette' moonflask, bianhu, Ming dynasty, Yongle period

Lot 122. An outstanding and rare blue and white 'rosette' moonflask, bianhu, Ming dynasty, Yongle period (1403-1424); 31.5 cm, 12 1/2  in. Estimate 7,000,000 — 9,000,000 HKD (891,800 - 1,146,600 USD). Lot Sold 12,720,000 HKD (1,622,563 USD). Photo: Sotheby's. modelled after a Middle Eastern metal prototype, the flattened spherical body rising to a waisted neck and a small bulb-shaped mouth, set with two elegantly arched strap handles ending in a leaf-shaped... [Lire la suite]
26 septembre 2018

Two masterpieces from the Collection of Sir Quo-Wei Lee at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 3 october 2018

Sir Quo-Wei Lee Sir Q.W. Lee was undoubtedly one of the most remarkable bankers, philanthropists and collectors of his generation. To be taken under his wing in all of these important areas was one of the greatest blessings of my life. Although the Lee and Lam families had had a close relationship for over seven decades, it was not until the passing of my husband, Paulo Lam Sou-Leung, that I developed a more personal relationship with Sir Q.W. and his family. Sir Q.W. encouraged me to join the Hang Seng Bank after I qualified as a... [Lire la suite]

21 septembre 2018

A gilt copper alloy vajra, Ming dynasty, 15th century

Lot 131. A gilt copper alloy vajra, Ming dynasty, 15th century. Himalayan Art Resources item no.61682; 18.5 cm (7 1/4 in.) long. Estimate HK$ 35,000 - 45,000 (€ 3,800 - 4,900). Sold for HK$ 275,000 (€ 30,406). © Bonhams 2001-2018 Provenance: Private European Collection, 1970s/80s. Note: Finely cast with four prongs at each end converging from the jaws of makara on the central axis. The ends emerge from elegant lotuses on either side of the central orb.After the fall of the Yuan... [Lire la suite]
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20 septembre 2018

A Large Longquan celadon incised charger, Ming dynasty, 15th century

Lot 36. A Large Longquan celadon incised charger, Ming dynasty, 15th century; 19 1/4 in. (49 cm.) diam., wood stand. Estimate HKD 50,000 - HKD 70,000 (USD 6,401 - USD 8,962). © Christie's Images Ltd 2018 Provenance: Sold at Christie's New York, 22 March 2007, lot 295Sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 27 May 2008, lot 1840.  Christie's. The Pavilion Sale - Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 4 October 2018
20 septembre 2018

A Longquan celadon carved ‘Lotus’ bowl, Ming dynasty, 14th century

Lot 37. A Longquan celadon carved ‘Lotus’ bowl, Ming dynasty, 14th century; 6 ¾ in. (17.2 cm.) diam., Japanese wood box. Estimate HKD 280,000 - HKD 380,000 (USD 35,849 - USD 48,652). © Christie's Images Ltd 2018 Provenance: A Japanese private collectionSold at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 8 April 2011, lot 3194.   Christie's. The Pavilion Sale - Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 4 October 2018
19 septembre 2018

Two blue and white kosometsuke dishes, Ming dynasty, Tianqi period (1621-1627)

Lot 1398. Two blue and white kosometsuke dishes, Ming dynasty, Tianqi period (1621-1627). Width of wider 6 7/8  in., 17.5 cm. Estimate: 3,000 — 5,000 USD. Sold Price: 1,875 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the first, ruyi-shaped, the interior painted with three deer enclosed within a single blue line, the exterior with florets; the second, of circular outline, well painted with two rabbits amid foliage encircled by a wide border of asymmetric interlocking... [Lire la suite]