19 juin 2017

A 'Cizhou' white-glazed sgraffiato 'floral' washer, Northern Song – Jin dynasty

Lot 392. A 'Cizhou' white-glazed sgraffiato 'floral' washer, Northern Song – Jin dynasty, 13 cm, 5 1/8  in. Estimate 120,000 — 180,000 HKD. Lot sold 337,500 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's. carved through the layer of white slip around the exterior with a continuous undulating floral scroll, covered overall save for the base with a transparent glaze Provenance: The Muwen Tang collection.Sotheby's London, 12th November 2003, lot 11. Exhibited: Song Ceramics from the Kwan... [Lire la suite]

28 mars 2017

An Exceptional And Extremely Rare Dingyao Carved 'Peony' Bottle Vase, Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127)

Lot 3218. An Exceptional And Extremely Rare Dingyao Carved 'Peony' Bottle Vase, Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127). Height 25 cm. Est. HK$8 – 12 million / US$1 million – 1.5 million. Photo: Sotheby's. the sumptuous globular body surmounted by a tall neck of elegant cylindrical form, slightly flaring as it emanates from the shoulder and extends to a flanged everted rim, all supported on a splayed foot, very finely carved with two luxuriant peony flowers, their stems and foliage spreading... [Lire la suite]
30 novembre 2016

A superb pale celadon jade 'Boy and Hobby Horse' group, Qing dynasty, 18th century

Lot 158. A superb pale celadon jade 'Boy and Hobby Horse' group, Qing dynasty, 18th century. Estimate 100,000 — 150,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's. depicted as a striding boy holding the reins of the hobby horse with one hand, the other holding a long leafy lotus stem, the softly polished stone of an even colour with some opaque inclusions - 8.3 cm, 3 1/4  in. Exhibited: Auspicious Emblems. Chinese Cultural Treasures - 45th Anniversary Exhibition of the Min Chiu Society, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong,... [Lire la suite]
30 novembre 2016

An exceptional white jade 'Boy and Cat' group, Qing dynasty, 18th century

Lot 15. An exceptional white jade 'Boy and Cat' group, Qing dynasty, 18th century. Estimate 200,000 — 300,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's. depicting a young boy standing next to a small cat crouching by his side and looking up at the boy, the figure depicted looking at a small butterfly on his shoulder and holding a large palm leaf in his left hand, the weathered leaf extending over his shoulder and down his back, the cherubic figure accentuated with small tuffets of hair at the top of his head and... [Lire la suite]
29 novembre 2016

A superbly carved russet jade figure of a recumbent mythical beast, Ming dynasty or earlier

Lot 38. A superbly carved russet jade figure of a recumbent mythical beast, Ming dynasty or earlier. Estimate 200,000 — 300,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's. rendered crouching with its head turned slightly to the left, the beast detailed with bulging eyes and powerful claws, the softly polished stone of a yellowish-green colour with patches of dark brown - 8 cm, 3 1/4  in. Notes: The development of sculptures of mythical creatures occurred during the Han dynasty when they began to appear in... [Lire la suite]
29 novembre 2016

A calcified jade 'chilong' hairpin, signed Lu Zigang, Ming dynasty

Lot 118. A calcified jade 'chilong' hairpin, signed Lu Zigang, Ming dynasty. Estimate 200,000 — 300,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's. of tapering cylindrical form with one rounded tip, the other end with a hemispherical finial, the shaft decorated with a sinuous chilong and worked with an inscription ending with Lu Zigang zhi (made by Lu Zigang), the pale beige surface with calcified areas - 9.4 cm, 3 3/4  in. Notes: In Zun sheng ba jian by the Ming scholar... [Lire la suite]

27 novembre 2016

A fine white jade bowl, Qing dynasty, 18th century

Lot 129. A fine white jade bowl, Qing dynasty, 18th century. Estimate 300,000 — 500,000 HKD. Photo Sotheby's; superbly carved with deep rounded sides rising to a gently everted rim, supported on a neatly cut footring, the smoothly polished stone of even pale celadon-white colour with light occasional cloud inclusions - 15.6 cm, 6 1/8  in. Notes: Perfectly proportioned and finished to a lustrous sheen to draw attention to the quality of the jade, the sensitive modelling and lack of any... [Lire la suite]
27 novembre 2016

A superb white and russet jade ‘Phoenix and Peach’ carving, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Lot 10. A superb white and russet jade ‘Phoenix and Peach’ carving, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795). Estimate 500,000 — 700,000 HKD. Photo Sotheby's; the translucent and substantial stone skilfully worked in the form of a phoenix grasping in its beak a meandering sprig of peaches, the mythical bird finely portrayed with well-rendered plumage and a long furcated tail curling towards the front, the front of the design further decorated with ruyi cloud scrolls, the lustrous white... [Lire la suite]
22 novembre 2016

A celadon and russet jade archaistic rhyton, Ming dynasty (1368–1644)

Lot 43. A celadon and russet jade archaistic rhyton, Ming dynasty (1368–1644). Estimate 100,000 — 150,000 HKD. Unsold. Photo: Sotheby's. carved as the well-hollowed vessel issuing from the mouth of a dragon fish, decorated to the exterior with archaistic swirls, clouds and two chilong in high relief; 12.6 cm, 5 in. Note: A similar rhyton, attributed to the Ming dynasty, was sold in our London rooms, 9th November 1954, lot 118, and is possibly the same piece sold... [Lire la suite]
03 avril 2015

A Qingbai cup stand, Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279)

A Qingbai cup stand, Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). Estimate HK$50,000 – HK$70,000 ($6,481 - $9,073). Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015 The stand is potted in the form of a dish with an everted rim raised on a broad, flared pedestal foot and centered by a raised platform shaped like an inverted cup. It is covered overall in a clear glaze of pale aqua tone except for the base which has a central aperture. There are traces of a painted inscription on the base. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm.) diam., box  ... [Lire la suite]