19 septembre 2020

The Collection of James and Marilynn Alsdorf Goes up for Auction in New York

James and Marilynn Alsdorf, pictured in Miami in 1950. Photograph courtesy of the consignor For renowned Chicago collectors and philanthropists James and Marilynn Alsdorf, collecting art represented a unique opportunity for exploration, adventure, and the pursuit of beauty. ‘We looked for objects,’ Marilynn said, ‘to delight our eyes and our souls.’ Over the course of their four-decade marriage, the couple assembled a remarkable collection of artworks and objects spanning all eras and areas of the world. ‘The Alsdorf Collection is... [Lire la suite]

12 mars 2019

A 'huanghuashi' limestone figure of Avalokiteshvara, Northern Qi-Sui dynasty (550-618)

Lot 562.  A 'huanghuashi' limestone figure of Avalokiteshvara, Northern Qi-Sui dynasty (550-618). Height 12 5/8  in., 32.1 cm. Estimate 80,000 — 120,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the deity carved in the round with a slender physique and gently rounded face, the proper right arm bent at the elbow with the hand raised beside the chest, the left arm at the side and holding a covered vase, the sashes falling in folds from the narrow shoulders and the dhoti clinging to the body in the... [Lire la suite]
04 mars 2018

A Gilt Bronze Figure Of A Guardian Lion, Northern Qi-Sui Dynasty (550-618)

Lot 8031. A Gilt Bronze Figure Of A Guardian Lion, Northern Qi-Sui Dynasty (550-618); 4in (10.3cm) high. Estimate US$ 12,000 - 18,000 (€ 9,700 - 15,000) © Bonhams 2001-2018 Seated on its haunches with front legs firmly braced, the well-delineated head with bulging eyes and exposed fangs, supported by a powerful body, the fur of the broad mane, forelegs and tail finely cast, the overall gilded surface gilded with a vivid green encrusted patina.  Property from the Collection of Sally S. and Decatur H. Miller... [Lire la suite]
20 mai 2017

A fine Xiangzhou moulded celadon ‘floral’ dish, Northern Qi-Sui dynasty (550-618)

Lot 3117. A fine Xiangzhou moulded celadon ‘floral’ dish, Northern Qi-Sui dynasty (550-618), 4 ¼ in. (10.6 cm.) diam., box. Estimate HKD 120,000 - HKD 180,000 (USD 15,495 - USD 23,243) © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 The dish is supported on a low solid foot, finely moulded with a central flowerhead in high relief, surrounded by lotus petals separated by rows of dots, below a band of vertical lines around the rim, covered with an olive-green glaze pooling at the recesses, stopping mid-way on the reverse above... [Lire la suite]