15 juillet 2019

An important gilt-bronze votive stele of Guanyin, Northern Wei dynasty, dated 484 AD

Lot 12. An important gilt-bronze votive stele of Guanyin, Northern Wei dynasty, dated 8th year of the reign of Taihe corresponding to 484 AD. Height 6 1/8  in., 15.6 cm. Estimate 200,000 — 300,000 USD. Lot sold 293,000 USD. © Sotheby's. the figure cast with right hand holding a stem with large lotus bud over the shoulder, the left hand to the side holding a flask, standing on a domed base raised on a four-legged plinth, the upper body bare except for a... [Lire la suite]

25 février 2019

An exceptional sandstone head of Buddha, Northern Wei dynasty, Yungang Caves, late 5th Century

Lot 727. An exceptional sandstone head of Buddha, Northern Wei dynasty, Yungang Caves, late 5th Century; 12 in., 30.5 cm. Estimate 40,000 — 60,000 USD. Lot sold 228,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the fine white granular sandstone well carved in subtle volumes to form an elongated head with crisp bow-shaped lips tenderly lifted at the corners in a beatific smile above the channeled dimple on the chin, the long nose rising to the slightly downcast eyes defined by... [Lire la suite]
25 février 2019

A rare limestone wall fragment of a flying apsaras playing the drum, Northern Wei dynasty, 6th century, Longmen Caves

Lot 506. A rare limestone wall fragment of a flying apsaras playing the drum, Northern Wei dynasty, 6th century, Longmen Caves. Height 21 in., 53.4 cm. Estimate 200,000 — 300,000 USD. Lot sold 1,059,200 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the charcoal-grey stone finely carved as an apsaras, or angelic being, in flight, dressed in a robe with wide billowing sleeves below a short fitted vest, moving to its left but turning its head sharply to the right while holding in the left arm a small... [Lire la suite]
25 février 2019

A rare limestone seated figure of a 'Pensive' Maitreya, Northern Wei Dynasty, early 6th century, Longmen Caves

Lot 503. A rare limestone seated figure of a 'Pensive' Maitreya, Northern Wei Dynasty, early 6th century, Longmen Caves; 23 3/8 in., 59.5 cm. Estimate 300,000 — 500,000 USD. Lot sold 1,361,600 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the grey stone originally part of a wall fragment, deftly carved with the youthful prince seated upon a lotus pedestal base with legs crossed at the ankles, head bent slightly to its left and the left hand gently cradling its cheek in ‘pensive’ posture, the right hand resting... [Lire la suite]
10 janvier 2019

The Walter and Phyllis Shorenstein Collection of Chinese Art at Christie's New York, 24 March 2011

The Chinese works of art in the collection of Walter and Phyllis Shorenstein are spectacular in their beauty, technical excellence and historical importance. Following the recent and immense success of Treasures From the Shorenstein Collection, including important glass, imperial porcelain and fine jades sold in our Hong Kong rooms, Christie's New York is pleased to offer ancient bronzes, early ceramics and sculpture, jade carvings, and the very rare and important 12th century Yunnanese gilt-bronze figure of Acouye Guanyin (lot 1294)... [Lire la suite]
17 septembre 2018

'Buddha’s Life, Path to the Present' at the Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM - A unique thangka, a scroll painting, from the personal collection of His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been made available for the exhibition Buddha’s Life, Path to the Present. Made in Tibet in the nineteenth century, the scroll painting is one of a series illustrating the story of Buddha’s life. On Saturday 15 September, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will perform the official opening of the new exhibition at the Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam and he will view the thangka in its temporary home. A... [Lire la suite]

28 août 2018

A painted grey pottery model of a bullock and cart, Northern Wei dynasty, 5th-early 6th century

Lot 1275. A painted grey pottery model of a bullock and cart, Northern Wei dynasty, 5th-early 6th century; Bullock 8 in. (20.3 cm.) long, cart 7 3/8 in. (18.7 cm.) long. Estimate USD 7,000 - USD 10,000. Price realised USD 16,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018 The bullock, shown standing foursquare on a rectangular base, has a pronounced dewlap and a harness. The body is painted red as are the sides of the cart, which has an arched roof that extends over the seating area in front, an off-center opening in the... [Lire la suite]
19 décembre 2017

A grey pottery figure of a loaded camel, Northern Wei dynasty, 6th century

Lot 389. A grey pottery figure of a loaded camel, Northern Wei dynasty, 6th century. H. 23,5 cm. Estimate 2.500/3.500 €. Lot sold 2.800 €. Courtesy Nagel The modelled figure resting on a flat base and hollow inside. With traces of a dark red pigment. Age measurement confirmed by Thermoluminescence Analysis 30th November 1998 (Oxford Authentication, no. C298h82).  Provenance: Bought in 1995 from L.H.W. Limited & Treading, Hong Kong. Described and illustrated in: Collection Julius... [Lire la suite]
16 septembre 2017

A grey pottery model of a seated boar, Northern Wei dynasty, early 5th century

Lot 1105. A grey pottery model of a seated boar, Northern Wei dynasty, early 5th century; 9 ½ in. (24.2 cm.) long. Estimate USD 3,000 - USD 5,000. Price realised USD 40,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 The well-modeled animal is shown seated on its haunches with slender front legs braced, with a narrow tapering snout, visible fangs and pricked ears, its fleshy body with distended stomach touching the base, its small tail curled up on its flanks and its spine with a bristled ridge. Traces of white... [Lire la suite]
05 mars 2017

Important Chinese Art from the Fujita Museum, 15 March 2017, New York

Chen Rong (active ca. 13th century) as catalogued in Shiqu Baoji, Six Dragons, (detail). Handscroll, ink on paper. Estimate: $1,200,000 - 1,800,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. New York – On March 15, Christie’s will offer Important Chinese Art from the Fujita Museum, a selection of 31 Chinese works of art, including highly important Shang and Zhou dynasty ritual bronzes, classical paintings, Buddhist stone sculptures, celadons and scholar’s objects. All of the works were collected by Denzaburō... [Lire la suite]