19 janvier 2017

Seated Luohan, China, Ming Dynasty, 16th century

Seated Luohan, China, Ming Dynasty, 16th century. Height: 61cm. Vanderven Oriental Art at Brafa Art Fair, Brussels, 21-29 january 2017. This figure, made of glazed pottery, represents a Luohan seated on rockwork with one hand resting on a raised knee. He is dressed in loose fitting robes, secured with a ring fastening. The face has a serene, contemplative expression and on the forehead is an urna – symbolizing wisdom.Large scale ceramic glazed figures, such as this one, were mainly produced for religious purposes and were... [Lire la suite]
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09 janvier 2017

Bowl with silver gilt mount, Ming dynasty, about 1522–66, mounts dated about 1720–80

Bowl with silver gilt mount, Ming dynasty, about 1522–66, mounts dated about 1720–80. Porcelain with incised and underglaze cobalt-blue decoration, and silver-gilt mounts, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province; mounted in Germany; 12,3 x 19,8 cm. On loan from Sir Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, PDF,A.691 © Trustees of the British Museum This simple blue-and-white porcelain Jiajing period (AD 1522-66) bowl has been transformed in Europe by silversmiths. These craftsmen have added elaborate ormolu... [Lire la suite]
09 janvier 2017

A pair of gold pillow ends, Ming dynasty, Xuande reign (1425-1435)

A pair of gold pillow ends, Ming dynasty, Xuande reign (1425-1435). 18.3 x 14.6 cm. British Museum, 1949,1213.1-2 © Trustees of the British Museum decorated with two dragons and a flaming pearl among clouds. Two rows of inlaid semi-precious stones frame the dragons. Both plaques are pierced around the edge for attachment to a pillow. Worked in relief with chased detail and openwork, and inlaid with semi-precious stones.  Notes: The plaques are pierced around the edge for attachment to a robe, probably... [Lire la suite]
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02 janvier 2017

Table, China, 1500s-1600, Ming dynasty

Table, China, 1500s-1600, Ming dynasty. Huanghuali wood, height: 33 in, 83.82 cm; width: 64.25 in, 163.19 cm; depth: 19.375 in, 49.21 cm. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Bunker in memory of Otto and Cile Bach 1991.811 © Denver Art Museum This table illustrates the simplicity of form achieved by Chinese furniture makers during the Ming period (1368-1644). The beautiful grain of the huanghuali wood suited the taste of Chinese scholars, who surrounded themselves with objects made of fine natural materials. The skilled craftsmanship... [Lire la suite]
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02 janvier 2017

CaixaForum Barcelona presents "Ming. The Golden Empire"

Lidded vase in underglaze red, from the tomb of Princess Ancheng, 1384–1443. © Nanjing Museum BARCELONA.- CaixaForum Barcelona is presenting Ming. The Golden Empire, an exhibition devoted to art and culture from one of the most iconic periods in Chinese history, renowned for its artistic, social and economic advances.  The purpose behind the exhibitions that ”la Caixa” Foundation has dedicated over the years to the great cultures of the past is to enable audiences to discover ways in which men and women from... [Lire la suite]
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30 décembre 2016

The Top 20 Chinese Ceramics Sold in 2016 by Sotheby's

A fine, outstanding and rare blue and white moonflask, bianhu, Ming dynasty, Yongle period (1403-1424). Sold 110,520,000 HKD (14,248,238 USD) at Sotheby's The Pilkington Collection of Chinese Art, Hong Kong, 06 avr. 2016, lot 17. Photo Sotheby's. Cf. A fine, outstanding and rare blue and white moonflask, bianhu, Ming dynasty, Yongle period A fine, magnificent and extremely rare blue and white holy water vessel, Ming dynasty, Yongle period... [Lire la suite]

29 décembre 2016

Jar, Ming dynasty, Jiajing six-character mark within double-circles and of the period (1522-1566)

Jar, Ming dynasty, Jiajing six-character mark within double-circles and of the period (1522-1566), China, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province. Porcelain with underglaze blue decoration. The Avery Brundage Collection, B62P88. © 2016 Asian Art Museum Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture.
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29 décembre 2016

Imperial yellow glaze porcelain deep cup, Ming dynasty, Jiajing six-character mark and period (1522-1566)

Imperial yellow glaze porcelain deep cup, Ming dynasty, Jiajing six-character mark and period (1522-1566), China, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province. H. 2 in x W. 4 in. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60P2336. © 2016 Asian Art Museum Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture
27 décembre 2016

Octagonal plate with the Eight Treasures and a longevity character, Ming dynasty, Reign of the Jiajing emperor (1522-1566)

Octagonal plate with the Eight Treasures and a longevity character, Ming dynasty, Reign of the Jiajing emperor (1522-1566). Carved red lacquer. H. 1 1/4 in x Diam. 6 3/4 in, H. 3.0 cm x Diam. 17.2 cm. Museum purchase, B83M10. © 2016 Asian Art Museum Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture. This object has decorations that form the blessing of "May you be rich and may you live long!"
27 décembre 2016

Jar with dragons, Ming dynasty, Reign of the Jiajing emperor (1522-1566)

Jar with dragons, Ming dynasty, Reign of the Jiajing emperor (1522-1566), China, Jiangxi province. Porcelain with incised decoration and blue glaze. H. 4 1/8 in x Diam. 4 1/2 in, H. 10.5 cm x Diam. 11.5 cm. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60P2350. © 2016 Asian Art Museum Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture. ncised with two five-clawed dragons alternating with pearls and clouds on the exterior, this vessel is glazed in plain white on the interior. A frieze of cloud patterns covers the... [Lire la suite]