07 avril 2021

A rare yellow-glazed blue and white 'boys at play' stembowl, Ming dynasty, 15th century

Lot 133. A rare yellow-glazed blue and white 'boys at play' stembowl, Ming dynasty, 15th century. Diameter 7 in., 17.8 cm. Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000 USD. Lot sold: 27,720 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. elegantly potted, the tall cylindrical stem rising from a slightly spreading foot to a deep rounded bowl flaring at the rim, painted to the exterior in cobalt tones with a lively scene of boys at play within a fenced garden, some playing ball games, others burning incense or walking... [Lire la suite]

06 avril 2021

An exceptional and rare blue and white 'floral' bowl, Ming dynasty, Yongle period (1403-1424)

  Lot 130. An exceptional and rare blue and white 'floral' bowl, Ming dynasty, Yongle period (1403-1424). Diameter 6 ¼ in., 16 cm. Estimate: 300,000 - 500,000 USD. Lot sold: 721,800 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. delicately potted in the shape of a lotus bud (lianzi) or chicken heart (jixin), with deep rounded sides and a pointed base resting on a short, narrow foot, finely painted in rich tones of cobalt blue accented with characteristic 'heaping and piling', the... [Lire la suite]
29 mars 2021

Sotheby's to offer three supremely important Ming and Qing Imperial seals

HONG KONG.- This April, Sotheby’s will bring to auction three of the most important Chinese seals ever to come to the market. Each one a priceless record of imperial Chinese history in its own right, together these three seals rank among the most important historical objects – of any period or geographic region – ever to appear at auction. Originally the preserve purely of the Emperors of China, imperial seals were used as a singular stamp of authority – akin to that of a signature – each one carved with language... [Lire la suite]
28 février 2021

A large Longquan celadon barbed dish, Ming dynasty, 14th-15th century

  Lot 893. A large Longquan celadon barbed dish, Ming dynasty, 14th-15th century; 18 ¾ in. (47.5 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 60,000 - USD 80,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2021 The dish is sturdily potted with a tapered foot ring rising to the bracket-lobed cavetto below an everted rim of conforming shape. The dish is covered overall with an even translucent glaze of soft sea-green tone with the exception of the wide ring on the recessed base. Provenance: Property from the Jingguantang... [Lire la suite]
05 février 2021

A Fahua lotos and duck jar, Ming dynasty, ca. 1500

Lot 526. A Fahua lotos and duck jar, Ming dynasty, ca. 1500; D. 16,7 cm. Estimate: € 900 - €1,200. Result: € 1,000. Courtesy Nagel.  Provenance: Old Berlin private collection, bought May 1983 from Gallery Ruth Schmidt in Berlin (DM 2200.-). Fine Asian Art, Stuttgart - Part I by Nagel Auction, December 8, 2020
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31 janvier 2021

A fine gilt-bronze figure of Weito, Ming dynasty

Lot 268. A fine gilt-bronze figure of Weito, Ming dynasty; H. 54,2 cm. Estimate: € 15,000 - €25,000. Result: € 60.000. Courtesy Nagel.  Property from the collection of Prof. Dr med., Dr phil. Hermann Schroeder (1902-1991) and his family. Note: Compare to a similarly cast gilt-bronze guardian figure of Vaisravana, identified by the tower held in his left hand, in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, purchased by the Asian Art Acquisition Fund in memory of Laurence Sickman and illustrated in... [Lire la suite]
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29 janvier 2021

An exceptional and very rare rhinoceros horn ewer with chilong and dragon handle, Ming dynasty

Lot 372. An exceptional and very rare rhinoceros horn ewer with chilong and dragon handle, Ming dynasty; H.16,7/L.18,2 cm, weight 526 gr. Estimate: € 20.000- € 30.000. Result: € 220.000. Courtesy Nagel.  Provenance: Old German private collection, due to records most likely purchased from Nagel, 1st Mannheim sale, November 26th/27th, 1924, lot 413. Cf. A ewer by Bao Tiancheng, publ. 'Bamboo, Wood, Ivory and Rhinoceros Horn Carvings', The Complete Collection of Treasures the Palace... [Lire la suite]
25 janvier 2021

A large Longquan 'yen-yen' vase, Ming dynasty, 15th-16th Century

Lot 522. A large Longquan 'yen-yen' vase, Ming dynasty, 15th-16th Century; 17 1/2in (44.4cm) high. Estimate US$ 2,000 - 3,000. Sold for US$ 2,040 (€ 1,678). Courtesy Bonhams. The ovoid body tapering to a high shoulder and cylindrical neck carved overall with floral decoration to the body and and trumpet mouth. Bonhams. Asian Decorative Works of Art, 15 Dec 2020, Los Angeles
25 janvier 2021

A Longquan celadon tripod censer, Ming Dynasty, 16th-17th Century

Lot 520. A Longquan celadon tripod censer, Ming Dynasty, 16th-17th Century; 5 3/4in (14.6cm) diam. Estimate US$ 500 - 800. Sold for US$ 956 (€ 786). Courtesy Bonhams. Of slightly tapering cylindrical shape carved with lotus,, the base burnt orange in the firing under three small feet. With lacquered wood tomobako. Bonhams. Asian Decorative Works of Art, 15 Dec 2020, Los Angeles 
25 janvier 2021

A Longquan celadon miniature table-screen, Ming Dynasty, 16-17th Century

Lot 519. A Longquan celadon miniature table-screen, Ming Dynasty, 16-17th Century; 5 3/4in (14.7cm) high. Estimate US$ 500 - 700. Sold for US$ 1,275 (€ 1,048). Courtesy Bonhams. Fashioned as joss-stick holder, the screen centered with cash symbols and spandrels and supported by bracket feet. Bonhams. Asian Decorative Works of Art, 15 Dec 2020, Los Angeles