24 mai 2016

A rare white jade archaistic tripod incense burner and cover, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

 Lot 17. A rare white jade archaistic tripod incense burner and cover, Qianlong period (1736-1795). Estimate HK$600,000 - 800,000 (€69,000 - 92,000). Photo: Bonhams.  The hemispherical bowl raised on three short cabriole legs emerging from mythical-beast masks, each side crisply carved with an archaistic taotie mask, separated by six columns of vertical flanges, the sides flanked by a pair of S-shaped handles curving upward, the domed cover similarly carved, surmounted by a finial decorated with... [Lire la suite]

22 mai 2016

An Imperial cloisonné enamel double-gourd wall vase, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Lot 4. An Imperial cloisonné enamel double-gourd wall vase, Qianlong period (1736-1795). Estimate HK$200,000 - 300,000 (€23,000 - 34,000). Photo: Bonhams. Cast as a double-gourd vase and stand, the upper and lower lobes finely enamelled with the characters da and ji in gilt, encircled by the Eight Daoist Emblems, anbaxian, and the Eight Buddhist Emblems, bajixiang, respectively, tied at the waist with a gilt ribbon, all on a rich turquoise ground embellished with extensive... [Lire la suite]
22 mai 2016

A rare carnelian agate 'mountain and bat' brushrest, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Lot 135. A rare carnelian agate 'mountain and bat' brushrest, Qianlong period (1736-1795). Sold for £20,000 (€25,971). Photo: Bonhams. The brushrest intricately carved as a three-peaked mountain surrounded by breaking waves and swirling clouds interspersed with flying bats, original boxwood and zitan stand. 8cm (3 1/8in) wide (2). Provenance: a distinguished English private collection, and thence by descent  Note: The skill and artistry of Qing dynasty craftsmen is encapsulated in the finely carved... [Lire la suite]
21 mai 2016

A very rare famille rose 'Dutch Toper' spirit barrel, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Lot 299. A very rare famille rose 'Dutch Toper' spirit barrel, Qianlong period (1736-1795). Sold for £25,000 (€32,464). Photo: Bonhams. Finely modelled as a seated Bacchanalian drinker, with cheerful expression between curly locks beneath a tricorn hat with lid, his hands holding his round belly as he merrily chuckles, the jacket with gold buttons and trousers finely decorated with distinctively Chinese designs of bamboo, butterflies and prunus, his seat decorated with auspicious bats among ruyi-head clouds, a round... [Lire la suite]
20 mai 2016

A rare rock crystal qilin water dropper and cover with stained ivory stand, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Lot 110. A rare rock crystal qilin water dropper and cover with stained ivory stand, Qianlong period (1736-1795). Estimate £30,000 - 50,000 (€39,000 - 65,000). Unsold. Photo Bonhams. Well carved as a recumbent qilin with two horns and smiling mouth, the circular cover carved as a small qilin reclining on the larger qilin's back, the ivory stand dyed red and expertly carved with three dynamic chilong among clouds. 12.5cm (4 7/8in) long (3).  Notes: Highly regarded as a natural mineral with... [Lire la suite]
20 mai 2016

An exceptional rock crystal vase, waterpot and lingzhi group with ivory stand, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Lot 109. An exceptional rock crystal vase, waterpot and lingzhi group with ivory stand, Qianlong period (1736-1795). Estimate £50,000 - 80,000 (€65,000 - 100,000). Unsold. Photo Bonhams. Boldly carved as an archaistic hu vase with scrolling kui dragon handles flanking the waisted neck, and a well-fitted cover with gently-sloping edges, beside a globular water pot, all surrounded by entwining gnarled lingzhi stems and leafy branches of peaches, 22cm (8 5/8in) wide; the ivory stand meticulously carved with openwork... [Lire la suite]

20 mai 2016

A rare 'Guangzhou imperial tribute' stained ivory 'peony and pomegranate' ruyi sceptre, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Lot 107Y. A rare 'Guangzhou imperial tribute' stained ivory 'peony and pomegranate' ruyi sceptre, Qianlong period (1736-1795). Sold for £35,000 (€45,700). Photo: Bonhams. Exquisitely carved in relief and openwork as a gnarled tree branch bearing auspicious lingzhi fungus and naturalistically rendered sprays of flowering narcissus with long leafy stems to one end, the arched shaft entwined with subsidiary branches and gracefully curling leaves stained in bright green, scattered with small blossoming peony flowers... [Lire la suite]
20 mai 2016

A stained ivory 'lingzhi' brushwasher, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Lot 106Y. A stained ivory 'lingzhi' brushwasher, Qianlong period (1736-1795). Estimate £5,000 - 8,000 (€6,500 - 10,000). Unsold. Photo: Bonhams. Finely carved in the form of a shallow section of a large lingzhi fungus with two cloudlike swirls, issuing further lingzhi and green leafy tendrils that curl into the interior, naturalistically carved with two crawling beetles and a delicate orchid. 19cm (7 1/2in) wide Provenance: a European private collection, acquired between 1960-70, and thence by descent  ... [Lire la suite]
18 mai 2016

A rare and large archaistic 'sweet white' jar, Qianlong period (1736-17395)

Lot 65. A rare and large archaistic 'sweet white' jar, Qianlong period (1736-17395). Sold for £50,000 (€63,979). Photo: Bonhams. The ovoid body rising from a slightly flaring foot to a waisted neck, carved in low relief with a band of archaistic foliate chilong with bodies arranged in angular scrollwork, all below upright leaf tips on the broad neck and a key-fret band encircling the rim, covered overall with a translucent white glaze of a pale bluish tone. 49.5cm (19 1/2in) high Notes: Monochrome wares... [Lire la suite]
18 mai 2016

A Ming-style blue and white lantern-shaped jar, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Lot 53. A Ming-style blue and white lantern-shaped jar, Qianlong period (1736-1795). Sold for £12,500 (€15,994). Photo Bonhams. Painted in vibrant blue with flowers, leafy sprigs, stylised waves and lotus enclosed within an Islamic-style geometric honeycomb pattern, between bands of floral scrolls, the short straight foot with a band of demi-florettes and the wide neck with a border of stylised breaking waves, Japanese box. 23.5cm (9 1/4in) high (2). Notes: In Chinese, this jar was commonly known as... [Lire la suite]