15 mars 2014

Pair of Chamber Sticks, French Market, Qianlong, c. 1750

Pair of Chamber Sticks, French Market, Qianlong, c. 1750. Photo courtesy Cohen & Cohen. An extremely rare pair of Chinese export porcelain chamber sticks, of rococo form after European originals, the candleholder resembling an inflorescence with coloured bracts and foliate tendrils forming a handle, the bases in the form of a vine leaf resting on a rectangular plinth. Height: 6 ¾ inches (17cm) This extraordinary pair of candlesticks are very rare - another pair and a single are the only others recorded. They appear to be... [Lire la suite]
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15 mars 2014

Chinese export porcelain armorial dinner plate, English or Scottish Market, Qianlong, circa 1770-80

Chinese export porcelain armorial dinner plate, English or Scottish Market, Qianlong, circa 1770-80. Photo courtesy Cohen & Cohen. An octagonal dinner plate with a central coat of arms surrounded by drums and flags, the cavetto with a gilt spearhead border, the rim border of bamboo and flowers. Diameter: 9 inches (23cm). The arms are clearly Hay quartering Gifford, though inaccurately painted. Hay (correctly): Azure three fraises argent [but here quatrefoils]Gifford (correctly): Gules three bars ermine [but here with... [Lire la suite]

08 janvier 2014

A very fine pair of large famille rose fishbowls, Qianlong

A very fine pair of large famille rose fishbowls, Qianlong. Photo Bonhams. Each of globular form set with a pair of relief lion-mask handles, rising to the waisted neck and flaring rim, supported on a spreading foot, the main border colourfully enamelled in red, white, blue, yellow green, rose, brown and gilt with sprays of peony, chrysanthemum, magnolia and aster issuing from gnarled branches amidst rockwork, all between the foot variously enamelled with lappets or ruyi and red-enamelled lotus scroll, the shoulders with a... [Lire la suite]
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08 janvier 2014

A rare grisaille and gilt 'Cape Town' plate, Qianlong.

A rare grisaille and gilt 'Cape Town' plate, Qianlong. Photo Bonhams. The plate delicately enamelled in grisaille with gilt, red and blue enamel detailing depicting one ship with three masts broadside and another ship from the stern each flying Dutch flags, a small fishing boat sailing nearby, the background with a view of Cape Town nestled under a dramatic Table Mountain rising to the clouds, the scene surrounded by foliate garlands between cornucopia at the rim. 22.9cm (9in) diam. Estimate £5,000 - 7,000 (€6,000 - 8,400). Unsold.... [Lire la suite]
22 novembre 2013

A fine and rare embellished gilt-copper and enamel 'European lady' circular snuff box and cover, Qianlong, circa 1760-1780

A fine and rare embellished gilt-copper and enamel 'European lady' circular snuff box and cover, Qianlong, circa 1760-1780. Photo courtesy Bonhams. Of circular form rising from a flat base, the cover set with a circular enamel plaque depicting an elegant European female aristocrat looking to her left, wearing simple blue garments but with a mink or ermine collar, her elaborate brunette hair arrangement falling to her shoulders, all enclosed within a border of red garnet beads, the sides relief-decorated with a diamond diaper ground... [Lire la suite]
22 novembre 2013

A very fine embellished gilt-bronze, jadeite and glass oblong octagonal cage-mounted snuff box and cover, Qianlong, circa 1750

A very fine embellished gilt-bronze, jadeite and glass oblong octagonal cage-mounted snuff box and cover, Qianlong, circa 1750. Photo courtesy Bonhams. The exquisitely extravagant box set with a dark green jadeite plaque on all eight sideswithin gilt frames, the panel on top made of semi-translucent emerald green glass, the cover inset with seed pearls and angled pink embellishments at the borders simulating flower petals, the sides decorated with alternating pink and white embellishments, the base and interior gilt and with a... [Lire la suite]


21 novembre 2013

A very rare silver-mounted mother-of-pearl 'erotic-subject' rectangular box and cover, Qianlong, probably circa 1750

A very rare silver-mounted mother-of-pearl 'erotic-subject' rectangular box and cover, Qianlong, probably circa 1750. Photo courtesy Bonhams. The rectangular box with a silver frame to hold the fragile panels, the top brilliantly carved in crisp relief with an elegant scene of a male gazing at a lady at rest under a tree, the base depicting a pair of water nymphs emerging from waves embracing each other, the sides decorated with various scenes of cupids engaging in similar activities, all exquisitely and finely worked panels in... [Lire la suite]
21 novembre 2013

A fine and rare gilt-bronze and glass 'European lady' cage-mounted circular snuff box and cover, Qianlong, circa 1750-1780

A fine and rare gilt-bronze and glass 'European lady' cage-mounted circular snuff box and cover, Qianlong, circa 1750-1780. Photo courtesy Bonhams. Of cylindrical form rising to a domed cover, the circular top central panel featuring an unusually natural portrait painted on hardstone of a European female under a translucent glass domed plaque, her slender figure and pale complexion beneath her large hat with red ribbons at the rear, framed within a band of raised floral scrolls in relief at the shoulders, the sides inset with... [Lire la suite]
21 novembre 2013

A rare gilt-bronze-mounted famille rose porcelain flower-bud-shaped circular snuff box and cover, Qianlong, circa 1760-1790

A rare gilt-bronze-mounted famille rose porcelain flower-bud-shaped circular snuff box and cover, Qianlong, circa 1760-1790. Photo courtesy Bonhams. Naturalistically moulded in the form of a blossoming flower with mounted rims, the life-like petals intertwined and folded inwards atop each other, beautifully enamelled in vivid tones of red and rose pink, the detailed veins and stamens further highlighted in gilt, the interior revealing a raised node with a floral medallion decorated in puce enamel. 6.9cm wide; 7.2cm deep; 5.2cm... [Lire la suite]
21 novembre 2013

A fine and rare embellished gilt-copper and agate two-tiered oval box and cover, Qianlong

A fine and rare embellished gilt-copper and agate two-tiered oval box and cover, Qianlong. Photo courtesy Bonhams. The straight-sided oval container opening at top and bottom, decorated with inset red and white embellishments including a few natural diamond chips towards the rims and on the cover, the recessed side panels inset with agate of vivid white and pale brown natural tones, gilt overall in rich gold and cast with Western-influenced Rococo motifs in relief, the base chased with a central insignia featuring a double-headed... [Lire la suite]


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