24 février 2019

A large pair of bronze dvarapala gate guardians, Ming dynasty

Lot 264. A large pair of  bronze dvarapala gate guardians, Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Height 34 in., 86.4 cm. Estimate 30,000 — 50,000 USD. Lot sold 617,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. crisply cast and powerfully sculpted, each figure bearing a fierce expression, arms raised with hands gripped, impressively clad in interlocked armor trailing flowing sashes, standing firmly with legs slightly apart, the feet cast with pegs for insertion, with wood stands... [Lire la suite]

28 décembre 2018

Panel with boys at play, Ming dynasty (1368–1644), late 16th–early 17th century

 Panel with boys at play, Ming dynasty (1368–1644), late 16th–early 17th century. Silk and metal thread tapestry (kesi). Overall: 18 1/4 x 15 in. (46.4 x 38.1 cm). Fletcher Fund, 1936; 36.65.30. © 2000–2018 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  This textile is probably a portion of a much larger piece, perhaps a hanging, that would have illustrated many groups of small boys at play in a garden. Items bearing this popular theme were particularly favored as wedding gifts, for the boys symbolize increase,... [Lire la suite]
28 décembre 2018

Bowl with children in a garden, Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Jiajing mark and period (1522–66), mid-16th century

Bowl with children in a garden, Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Jiajing mark and period (1522–66), mid-16th century. Porcelain painted in underglaze cobalt blue (Jingdezhen ware). H. 6 in. (15.2 cm); Diam. of mouth 12 1/4 in. (31.1 cm). Gift of Denise and Andrew Saul, 2001; 2001.738. © 2000–2018 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  The theme of boys playing was popular in Chinese decorative arts, as demonstrated by this blue-and-white porcelain bowl. Unlike carving and weaving, brush painting on porcelain... [Lire la suite]
02 février 2018

Damo crossing the water on a reed, Ming dynasty (1368–1644), early 17th Century

Damo crossing the water on a reed, Ming dynasty (1368–1644), early 17th Century, Dehua; Fujian province. Porcelain, 11 1/4 × 4 7/16 × 3 1/2 in. (28.6 × 11.3 × 8.9 cm). Gift of Ira and Nancy Koger, 2001. Blue and white moon flask, Ming Dynasty, early 15th Century. White porcelain, 12 3/4 × 8 3/4 × 5 5/8 in. (32.4 × 22.2 × 14.3 cm). Gift of Ira and Nancy Koger, 2001; SN11122.64. © The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.
08 janvier 2018

Incense burner, Ming dynasty (1368–1644)

Incense burner, Ming dynasty (1368–1644). Porcelaneous stoneware, Longquan ware, 16.6 x 22 cm (6 9/16 x 8 11/16 in.). Gift of Mrs. Horatio Greenough Curtis in memory of her husband Horatio Greenough Curtis, 23.236 © 2018 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
17 décembre 2017

A rare Longquan model of a seated Budai, Ming dynasty (1368-1644)

Lot 178. A rare Longquan model of a seated Budai, Ming dynasty (1368-1644). H. 16 cm. Estimate 4.000/6.000 €. Lot sold 10.000 €. Courtesy Nagel Small gold lacquer restoration to the panel, stand very slightly chipped. Provenance: Property from an old Berlin private collection, bought in the early 1970s in Berlin. Nagel. "Asiatische Kunst - Salzburg", 06.12.2017

23 novembre 2017

A Shiwan jun-type narcissus bowl , Ming dynasty

Lot 314. A Shiwan jun-type narcissus bowl , Ming dynasty. 26 cm, 10 1/4  in. Estimate 40,000 — 60,000 HKD. Lot sold 37,500 HKD (4,030 EUR). Photo: Sotheby's. the rounded sides supported on three ruyi feet, rising to an indented incurved rim, covered overall in a streaked purplish-blue glaze pooling to creamy-white towards the bottom, the interior glazed mushroom-brown and the base dark brown, wood stand. Provenance: Collection of T.Y. Chao (1912-1999), and thence by descent in... [Lire la suite]
27 août 2017

Metropolitan Museum of Art opens 'Streams and Mountains without End: Landscape Traditions of China'

Unidentified Artist Chinese, active late 17th–early 18th century, Ten Thousand Miles along the Yellow River. Two handscrolls; ink, color, and gold on silk Image: 30 11/16 x 505 7/8 in. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. © 2000–2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art From the standpoint of splendid scenery, painting cannot equal [real] landscape. But when it comes to the wonders of brush and ink, [real] landscape is no match for painting!—Dong Qichang (1555–1636 NEW YORK, NY.- About a thousand years ago, the legendary... [Lire la suite]
25 juillet 2017

Vase in Shape of Ancient Bronze Vessel, Ming dynasty (1368–1644), 15th–16th century

Vase in Shape of Ancient Bronze Vessel, Ming dynasty (1368–1644), 15th–16th century. Porcelain with celadon glaze (Longquan ware). H. 10 1/8 in. (25.7 cm). Bequest of Mary Stillman Harkness, 1950; 50.145.300 © 2000–2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art The square handles and ring illustrate the metal origins of the shape of the vase. Similar examples have been excavated in Chinese tombs dating to the fifteenth and sixteenth century, suggesting that the shape was particularly popular at that time.
04 mars 2017

A large Longquan celadon tripod censer, Ming dynasty (1368–1644)

Lot 2140. A large Longquan celadon tripod censer, Ming dynasty  (1368–1644). Estimate US$ 2,500 - 3,500 (€2,400 - 3,300). Photo: Bonhams. Potted with a wide mouth and lipped rim above a waisted neck, the rounded sides incised with a diamond diaper incorporating cloud scrolls, covered with a lustrous sea-green glaze stopping short of the center of the interior, the similarly unglazed raised circular base burnt orange during firing. 11 7/8in (30.2cm) diameter Bonhams. CHINESE WORKS OF ART AND... [Lire la suite]