04 décembre 2016

Huge wine storage jar, Cizhou, China, Ming Dynasty, dated 1596

Lot 2000. Huge wine storage jar, Cizhou, China, Ming Dynasty, dated 1596. Estimate: 800 - 1,100 EUR (851 - 1,171 USD. Photo Van Ham. Heavy, yellowish brown stoneware with white slip. Thin, transparent, partly crazed glaze. Painted with manganese brown. Egg-shaped on flat base, with a wide opening with short neck. In sketchy drawing bands with leaves and characters. Height 68cm, Ø 42cm. Condition B/C. A hole in the wall. Smaller part of the glaze flaking off.  Provenance: -Private collection... [Lire la suite]
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02 décembre 2016

A rare Dehua standing figure of Guanyin, Ming dynasty, 16th-early 17th century, impressed He Chaozong mark 

Lot 3324. A rare Dehua standing figure of Guanyin, Ming dynasty, 16th-early 17th century, impressed He Chaozong mark. Estimate: HKD 3,500,000 - HKD 4,500,000 (USD 453,277 - USD 582,785). Price Realised HKD 4,260,000 (USD 551,788) © Christie’s Images Limited 2016. The deity is elegantly modelled standing on a domed base modelled as swirling waves. Finely detailed, the eyes are downcast with lips gently indented to provide a benevolent expression. Dressed in a voluminous robe, the figure is... [Lire la suite]
29 novembre 2016

A calcified jade 'chilong' hairpin, signed Lu Zigang, Ming dynasty

Lot 118. A calcified jade 'chilong' hairpin, signed Lu Zigang, Ming dynasty. Estimate 200,000 — 300,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's. of tapering cylindrical form with one rounded tip, the other end with a hemispherical finial, the shaft decorated with a sinuous chilong and worked with an inscription ending with Lu Zigang zhi (made by Lu Zigang), the pale beige surface with calcified areas - 9.4 cm, 3 3/4  in. Notes: In Zun sheng ba jian by the Ming scholar... [Lire la suite]
15 novembre 2016

Sotheby's Hong Kong Chinese Works of Art December Auction series to take place on 1-2 December

Selection of jades from the Song to Qing dynasties. Estimates range from HK$80,000 – HK$300,000 / US$10,400 – 38,700. Photo: Sotheby's. HONG KONG.- Sotheby’s Hong Kong December series of Chinese Works of Art sales will take place on 1 and 2 December at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery. The series will feature the dedicated sale of The Muwen Tang Collection of Chinese Jades, and the Chinese Art sale, encompassing fine European and Asian collections of ceramics from Song and Ming dynasties, scholarly works of art, and a rare... [Lire la suite]
10 novembre 2016

An unusual miniature celadon and underglaze red Longquan tripod censer, Ming dynasty (1368-1644)

Lot 55. An unusual miniature celadon and underglaze red Longquan tripod censer, Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Estimate GBP 3,000 - GBP 5,000 (USD 3,723 - USD 6,205). Price Realised GBP 4,000 (USD 4,964). Photo Christie's Images Ltd 2016.     The small censer has three spreading slender feet and stylised bird-head handles in red to the sides. 1 7/8 in. (4.9 cm.) wide.    Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 8 November 2016, London, King Street
09 novembre 2016

A pair of rectangular huanghuali stools, changfangdeng, Ming Dynasty, 17th century

Lot 201. A pair of rectangular huanghuali stools, changfangdeng, Ming Dynasty, 17th century. Estimate GBP 40,000 - GBP 60,000 (USD 49,640 - USD 74,460). Price Realised GBP 233,000 (USD 289,153). Photo Christie's Images Ltd 2016. Each stool has a frame top enclosing a soft mat seat, supported on gently tapered square-form legs terminating in hoof feet and joined by plain aprons and humpback stretchers. 22 in. (56 cm.) wide x 19 ½ in. (49.5 cm.) deep x 20 ½ in. (52 cm.) high  Christie's. Fine Chinese... [Lire la suite]

08 novembre 2016

Drinking Vessel made from Rhinoceros Horn, goblet: China, Ming dynasty, early 17th century, mount: Goa, 1650-1700

Drinking Vessel made from Rhinoceros Horn, goblet: China, Ming dynasty, early 17th century, mount: Goa, 1650-1700, Javan rhinoceros horn, gold filigree mount © Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. The goblet, made from the horn of a Javan rhino – now only found in Indonesia and Vietnam. Drinking from rare rhino horn cups was believed to neutralise poison and clean the blood, although it’s doubtful this was ever used for drinking.
07 novembre 2016

A rare huanghuali horseshoe-back armchair, quanyi, Ming dynasty, 17th century

Lot 199. A rare huanghuali horseshoe-back armchair, quanyi, Ming dynasty, 17th century. Estimate GBP 30,000 - GBP 50,000 (USD 37,380 - USD 62,300). Photo Christie's Images Ltd 2016.  The sweeping crest rail terminates in outswept hooks above shaped spandrels, forming an elegant curve above the S-shaped splat carved with a ruyi-head roundel flanked by beaded shaped spandrels. The rear posts continue to form the back legs below the rectangular frame above shaped, beaded aprons and spandrels carved... [Lire la suite]
07 novembre 2016

A rare huanghuali 'southern officials hat' armchair, nanguanmaoyi, Ming dynasty, 17th century

Lot 200. A rare huanghuali 'southern officials hat' armchair, nanguanmaoyi, Ming dynasty, 17th century. Estimate GBP 50,000 - GBP 70,000 (USD 62,300 - USD 87,220). Photo Christie's Images Ltd 2016.  The chair is finely carved with a ruyi-shaped panel to the shaped backsplat, flanked by corner posts which extend through the rectangular seat frame enclosing a mat seat. The outcurved arms are supported by tapering side posts and front posts extending to the front legs. The legs are joined by a beaded... [Lire la suite]
07 novembre 2016

A rare cloisonné enamel bronze mirror, Ming Dynasty, 16th-17th century

Lot 119. A rare cloisonné enamel bronze mirror, Ming Dynasty, 16th-17th century. Estimate GBP 30,000 - GBP 50,000 (USD 37,380 - USD 62,300). Photo Christie's Images Ltd 2016. The mirror is decorated with archaistic dragon roundels set within geometric patterns and encircled by a floral border at the rim. 13 ½ in. (34.5 cm.) diam. Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 8 November 2016, London, King Street