19 novembre 2017

Square box with hollyhock décor and Xuande reign mark, Ming dynasty, second half of the 16th Century

Square box with hollyhock décor and Xuande reign mark, Ming dynasty, second half of the 16th Century. Inscription on the base: Made in Ming Xuande reign. Filled-in lacquerware. Length: 9.6cm Width: 9.6cm Height: 4.3cm © National Palace Museum, Taipei. This is a square box with rounded corners, and the side is slightly lower than the base to form a short foot. The interior is thickly lacquered, and painted in reddish brown lacquer in both interior and the base. The sides of the This is a square... [Lire la suite]

19 novembre 2017

Carved yellow lacquerware Round dish with dragon-and-phoenix décor, Ming dynasty, Jiajing reign (1522-1566)

Carved yellow lacquerware Round dish with dragon-and-phoenix décor, Ming dynasty, Jiajing reign (1522-1566). Inscription on the base: Made in Ming Jiajing Jen-Wu Year. Diameter: 21.0cm Height: 2.6cm © National Palace Museum, Taipei. This round plate with circular feet is painted in red lacquer, with yellow engraving on red ground throughout. Chia-Jing Jen-Wu Year is the first year of the Chia-Jing reign (1522). The border of the plate is decorated with simplified scrolling floral on the base of the plate. The... [Lire la suite]
19 novembre 2017

Gold-etched lacquerware Sutra covers with décor of lotus petals and the Eight Treasures, Ming Dynasty, 15th Century

Gold-etched lacquerware Sutra covers with décor of lotus petals and the Eight Treasures, Ming Dynasty, 15th Century. Length: 72.5cm Width: 26.3cm Height: 3.4cm © National Palace Museum, Taipei. There are two rectangular canon boards as a pair of sutra covers.  The front piece contains inscriptions etched with gold filling within the lotus-petal shaped niche in the center of the reverse side. The Chinese and Tibetan characters “ Lushi jiesin jing di liu pin fenbie jielu pin” on the board annotate: this is one... [Lire la suite]
19 novembre 2017

Carved red lacquerware Mallet-shaped vase with floral décor, Ming dynasty, Yongle reign (1403-1424)

Carved red lacquerware Mallet-shaped vase with floral décor, Ming dynasty, Yongle reign (1403-1424). Diameter at base: 9.2cm Height: 16.3cm © National Palace Museum, Taipei. The vase is long-necked with straight neck and base. The base is applied  with black lacquer, while the mouth of the vase is decorated with a pattern made up of a smaller square within a larger square. Flowers cover the entire vessel, with scrolling floral décor at the neck that is skillfully arranged to accommodate four flowers in full bloom:... [Lire la suite]
19 novembre 2017

Carved polychrome lacquerware Round box with décor of dragons and the Eight Treasures, Ming dynasty, Jiajing reign (1522-1566)

Carved polychrome lacquerware Round box with décor of dragons and the Eight Treasures, Ming dynasty, Jiajing reign (1522-1566). Diameter: 32.0cm Height: 17.5cm © National Palace Museum, Taipei.
19 novembre 2017

Carved red lacquerware Round box with scene of appreciating plum blossoms, Ming dynasty, Xuande reign (1426-1435)

Carved red lacquerware Round box with scene of appreciating plum blossoms, Ming dynasty, Xuande reign (1426-1435).  Diameter: 13.8cm Height: 15.1cm © National Palace Museum, Taipei.

19 novembre 2017

Carved red lacquerware Round box with peony décor, Ming dynasty, Yongle reign (1403-1424)

Carved red lacquerware Round box with peony décor, Ming dynasty, Yongle reign (1403-1424). Diameter: 26.5cm Height: 7.8cm © National Palace Museum, Taipei.
16 novembre 2017

A rare massive carved Longquan celadon jardiniere, Ming dynasty, early 15th century

Lot 8003. A rare massive carved Longquan celadon jardiniere, Ming dynasty, early 15th century. 24 in. (61 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 1,500,000 - HKD 2,500,000 (USD 193,037 - USD 321,729). © Christies Images Ltd 2017 The thickly potted jardiniere is well carved with a wide frieze of dense peonies bearing large blossoms arranged in two rows, all below a flat, everted rim lightly incised with floral sprays, and above the lower body carved in imitation of a decorative stand with... [Lire la suite]
10 novembre 2017

£5 million for incredibly rare Chinese chairs at Bonhams Chinese Art Sale

Lot 80. An important and exceptionally rare set of four huanghuali folding chairs, Jiaoyi, 16th-17th century. Estimate  GBP  150,000 ~ 200,000. Sold for £5,296,250 (€5,975,483). Photo: Bonhams. LONDON.- A Set of Four Huanghuali Folding Chairs were sold for £5,296,500 at Bonhams Fine Chinese Art sale in London today (Thursday 9 November). The chairs are the only known version of this form and type, and are widely considered a masterpiece of Ming Dynasty furniture. They had... [Lire la suite]
09 novembre 2017

A Gilt-Bronze Figure of Shakyamuni Buddha, Ming Dynasty, Early 15th Century

Lot 67. A Gilt-Bronze Figure of Shakyamuni Buddha, Ming Dynasty, Early 15th Century. Estimate £60,000–80,000. Lot sold £187,500 . Photo Sotheby's. well-cast and depicted seated in vajraparyankasana on a double-lotus base, with hands held in dhyanamudra, wearing a pleated robe draped over the left shoulder and falling in loose folds over his legs, with the undergarment gathered at the chest, the serene face with downcast eyes and a meditative expression flanked by long pendulous ears,... [Lire la suite]