29 août 2015

Bright Moon on Dressing Table: Bronze Mirrors through the Ages from the Collection of Hunan Provincial Museum

 Bronze mirror had always been regarded as a daily-use article to put up make-up or dress up all the way through the late Neolithic Period to Ming and Qing Dynasties. Blended with our forefathers’ aesthetic affection and delicately made, these bronze mirrors, with their gorgeous patterns and solemn inscriptions, add luster to Chinese cultural history. Among which, Bronze Mirror with Seven Point Star from Neolithic Period brings the wind of brilliant ancient civilization; Bronze Mirror with Dragon Design from Warring States... [Lire la suite]

26 août 2015

A carved cinnabar lacquer 'Lychee' seal paste box and cover, Ming dynasty, 16th century

A carved cinnabar lacquer 'Lychee' seal paste box and cover, Ming dynasty, 16th century. Estimation 7,000 — 9,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. of circular form, the cover carved with a spray of five lychees growing on leafy branches against a floral diaper ground, the fruit textured with various diapering patterns, the exterior of the box similarly decorated to the underside with a further spray issuing four lychees, the interior lacquered black (2). Diameter 3 in., 7.6 cm Sotheby's.... [Lire la suite]
26 août 2015

A small Longquan celadon tripod censer, Ming dynasty

A small Longquan celadon tripod censer, Ming dynasty. Estimation 15,000 — 25,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the compressed globular body divided into six gently rounded lobes, rising from three tapering feet to a waisted neck with everted rim, flanked by a pair of rope-twist upright handles, molded with a lush floral bloom to either side and incised around the neck with a key-fret band. Height 4 5/8  in., 11.7 cm Provenance: Acquired in the 1970s or 80s. Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New... [Lire la suite]
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26 août 2015

A Yixing bucket-form teapot and cover, Ming dynasty, Wanli period, signed Chen Xinqing

A Yixing bucket-form teapot and cover, Ming dynasty, Wanli period, signed Chen Xinqing. Estimation 15,000 — 25,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. of circular section, tapering towards the base, the center with a raised bowstring band, the mouth encircled with a broad raised band, leading to the stepped cover, the shoulder set with a short spout and opposing handle, the recessed base with incised signature (2). Height 3 1/2  in., 9 cm Provenance: Collection of Tom Y. P. Lee.E & J Frankel,... [Lire la suite]
26 août 2015

A blue and white 'Double-Duck' form water dropper and cover, Ming dynasty, 15th-16th century

A blue and white 'Double-Duck' form water dropper and cover, Ming dynasty, 15th-16th century. Estimation 7,000 — 9,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the ducks swimming side by side, the beak of one pierced to form a spout, the hollow bodies with a round aperture on the back and freely painted with plumage in grayish-blue tones, the cover modeled in the form of a lotus leaf (2). Length 5 in., 12.7 cm Provenance: Collection of J.J. (Ken) Baars, Zurich, Switzerland, 27th March 1978. Note: A 15th... [Lire la suite]
26 août 2015

A blue and white censer, Ming dynasty, Chongzhen period

A blue and white censer, Ming dynasty, Chongzhen period. Estimation 20,000 — 30,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. of bombé form, the exterior well-painted with a gathering of scholars conversing and playing the qin in a setting of rocky outcroppings, bamboo, pine trees, and a large bank of loosely painted clouds, between a narrow border upright lappets and a bold chevron band, the base unglazed. Diameter 8 3/4  in., 22.2 cm Provenance: Sotheby's Hong Kong, 29th November 1978, lot 217.   ... [Lire la suite]
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26 août 2015

A rare blue and white crescent-shaped flask and cover, Ming dynasty, 15th-16th century

A rare blue and white crescent-shaped flask and cover, Ming dynasty, 15th-16th century. Estimation 30,000 — 50,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the crescent-shaped body rising to rosette terminals, applied with a central cylindrical ringed neck with a bulbous mouth and a small cylindrical spout to the side, all supported on four low ruyi-shaped feet, painted with two bands of leafy foliate meander divided by a raised U-form rib and a narrow chevron border, the sides with a floral spray rising from waves, base... [Lire la suite]
26 août 2015

A large barbed-rim blue and white 'Peony' dish, Ming dynasty, 15th-16th century

A large barbed-rim blue and white 'Peony' dish, Ming dynasty, 15th-16th century. Estimation 30,000 — 50,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the deep rounded sides supported on a tapering foot, the central medallion painted in varied cobalt-blue tones with four large peony blooms amid leafy bushes emerging from craggy rockwork within a classic scroll border, the well encircled with a band of camellia issuing leaves between double circles, the everted bracket-lobed rim with a scrolling band, the exterior with flowering... [Lire la suite]
25 août 2015

A large 'Longquan' celadon 'Lotus' dish, Ming dynasty, 15th-16th century

A large 'Longquan' celadon 'Lotus' dish, Ming dynasty, 15th-16th century. Estimate 12,000 — 15,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. with shallow rounded sides and a broad everted rim, the interior boldly carved with a single lotus spray within a double line medallion, the well undecorated, with three gently undulating scrolling-leaf sections encircling the rim, covered with a lustrous semi-transparent sea-green glaze, a wide unglazed ring on the base burnt orange-brown in the firing.  Property from the... [Lire la suite]
24 août 2015

An Imperial Chinese gilt bronze ritual bell, bianzhong, Ming dynasty

An Imperial Chinese gilt bronze ritual bell, bianzhong, Ming dynasty. Estimate $200,000-300,000. © 2015 Freeman's. H: 11 in., 28cm; Weight: 26 lbs 12 oz., 12.13 kg  PROVENANCE: Property of a Virginia gentleman Purchased at a Virginia auction, 1980s; previously from the estate of a retired U.S. military officer.   Note: Bianzhong were assembled in graduated sets of sixteen. They are commonly used in ritual ceremonies and are suspended in two tiers of eight over tall and elaborate... [Lire la suite]