13 août 2014

Blue-and-White Bowl with Dragon and Scrolls Design, Ming Dynasty, Hongzhi Mark and Period (1488-1505)

Blue-and-White Bowl with Dragon and Scrolls Design, Ming Dynasty, Hongzhi Mark and Period (1488-1505), d.15.0cm. Gift of SUMITOMO Group, the ATAKA Collection. Acc. No. 10691. The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka. © 2009 The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka. The style of this piece is a continuation of the thin, small bowls which appeared in the Chenghua reign, but the pattern has increased in complexity. The exterior of the bowl is decorated with a pair of dragons and baoxiang-hua floral scrolls, the interior is decorated... [Lire la suite]

13 août 2014

Chenghua Mark and Period Blue-and-White at the Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka

Blue-and-White Bowl with Melon Design, Ming Dynasty, Chenghua Mark and Period, (1465-1487), d.15.5cm. Acc. No. 10682. Gift of SUMITOMO Group, the ATAKA Collection. The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka. © 2009 The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka. There are few large blue-and-white wares from the Chenghua period, and vessels such as jars are also rare. The best known vessel type from this period is a bowl like this piece, known as the "palace bowl" in the West for its lovely form. Some bowls are decorated on the inside and... [Lire la suite]
13 août 2014

Xuande Mark and Period Porcelains at the Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka

Blue-and-White Jar with Baoxiang-hua Scrolls Design, Ming Dynasty, Xuande Mark and Period (1426-1435), h.35.8cm. Gift of SUMITOMO Group, the ATAKA Collection. Acc. No. 10885. The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka. © 2009 The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka. This is a large jar with a tall neck rising to a wide mouth. The center section is decorated with baoxiang-hua scrolled flowers, the shoulder and base feature double lotus petals, and the neck has a scrolled cloud pattern. The cobalt blue is a deep color, and the lotus... [Lire la suite]
13 août 2014

Yongle Blue-and-White Porcelains at the Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka

Blue-and-White Charger with Peony Design, Ming Dynasty, Yongle Period (1403-1424), d.44.7cm. Gift of SUMITOMO Group, the ATAKA Collection. The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka. © 2009 The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka. The central field of this plate depicts, within double circles, two peonies freely interlaced by scroll-like stems. Nine types of fruit including litchies, pomegranates, loquats and vines are painted in spray style around the rim inside the dish, while the outer surface has pomegranates and scrolls.... [Lire la suite]
13 août 2014

Hongwu Period Porcelains at the Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka

Porcelain Charger with Underglaze Copper-Red-Painted Peony Design, Ming Dynasty, Hongwu Period, 1368-1398, d.45.5cm. Acc. No. 10482. Gift of SUMITOMO Group, the ATAKA Collection. The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka. © 2009 The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka The technique of decorating pots with underglaze copper pigment first appeared in the Yuan dynasty. A particularly large amount was produced in the Hongwu period, and the forms and decorative patterns of such ware are similar to... [Lire la suite]
12 août 2014

A greyish-white and black jade carving of a cat, Ming dynasty, 17th century

A greyish-white and black jade carving of a cat, Ming dynasty, 17th century. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2008 Carved from the natural pebble form as a recumbent cat wrapped in a long cloth tied in a bow at its back, its eyes wide open in an intent gaze above its long whiskers, with its head resting on its front paws and its long tail flicked up onto its back, the stone of a mottled greyish-white color with some black inclusions; together with a small agate carving, 18th/19th century, in the form of a conch shell on a... [Lire la suite]


12 août 2014

A carved pale green jade peach-form libation cup, Ming dynasty, 17th century

A carved pale green jade peach-form libation cup, Ming dynasty, 17th century. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2008 Borne on a small curled leafy branch extending around the sides of the cup bearing a peach and floral spray and continuing to the rim where a horned dragon has curled itself around the branch and clings to the rim between two further blossoms; 4½ in. (11.4 cm.) long, metal spoon, Japanese wood box. Estimate $5,000 - $7,000. Price Realized $5,625 Christie's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF... [Lire la suite]
12 août 2014

A black and pale greyish-green jade figure of a turtle, Ming dynasty (1368-1644)

A black and pale greyish-green jade figure of a turtle, Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2008  Cleverly carved utilizing the black markings as the carapace and head, the bent legs and abdomen on the underside carved from the pale greyish-green stone; together with; a black-streaked russet and black jade archaistic sword pommel, with slightly domed central area carved with three comma-shaped spirals accented by feathery markings;2½ in. (6.3 cm.) long; 1 15/16 in. (4.9 cm.) diam., two boxes... [Lire la suite]
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12 août 2014

A large Longquan celadon carved dish, Ming dynasty, 15th century

A large Longquan celadon carved dish, Ming dynasty, 15th century. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2008 Heavily potted with shallow rounded sides, the center carved with a central peony spray below two lotus sprays and two peony sprays in the well, covered overall with a glaze of olive-green tone except for an unglazed ring on the base burnt orange in the firing; 18 7/8 in. (47.9 cm.) diam., box, wood stand. Estimate $7,000 - $9,000. Price Realized $10,000 Notes: Several examples of this type are known,... [Lire la suite]
12 août 2014

An unusual parcel-gilt bronze duck-form censer and cover, Ming dynasty (1368-1644)

An unusual parcel-gilt bronze duck-form censer and cover, Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2008 Well cast as a duck standing atop an integral pierced rockwork base, with head raised and beak open, the wings which form the cover cast with upturned feather tips, with a small cash symbol pierced below the tail feathers for the release of smoke, the gilding ending in a shaped line on the lower body and tops of the legs; 9 1/8 in. (23.2 cm.) high, box. Estimate $12,000 - $18,000. Price... [Lire la suite]


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