10 octobre 2017

A famille-rose figure of Amitayus, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period

Lot 3714. A famille-rose figure of Amitayus, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period, 28.8 cm, 11 3/8  in. Estimate 1,800,000 — 2,500,000 HKD. Lot sold 2,250,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's. seated in dhyanasana, the hands held in dhyanamudra set with a pricket formerly supporting a vase which is now missing, the face and body applied with a faint wash of iron-red enamel, the deity with serene facial expression and lowered eyes, the hair enamelled blue and falling over the shoulders in... [Lire la suite]

04 octobre 2017

A Rare and Important Imperial White Jade and Cloisonne Enamel Ram-head Teapot and Cover, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period

Lot 3613. A Rare and Important Imperial White Jade and Cloisonne Enamel Ram-head Teapot and Cover, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period. Estimate 20,000,000 — 30,000,000 HKD. Lot sold for HK$75,475,000. Photo: Sotheby's. exquisitely and skilfully worked from a lustrous and even white stone with a rounded twelve-lobed body resting on a splayed foot of corresponding form, the spout rendered on one side in the form of a ram's head, the beast sensitively depicted with alert eyes and a pair of long curved striated... [Lire la suite]
29 septembre 2017

Berlin State Museums opens "Exchanging Gazes: Between China and Europe 1669-1907"

Deep bowl with pheasants, peonies, quails, and millet, China, Qing Dynasty, Yongzheng Period (1723–30), 1723–25, porcelain with famille rose enamel © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Asiatische Kunst / Photo: Jörg von Bruchhausen. BERLIN.- China and Europe are linked by a long tradition of reciprocal cultural exchange. These transactions were particularly intensive during the Qing dynasty (1644–1911), which is regarded as one of the key phases of Chinese cultural and political history. Exquisite gifts were... [Lire la suite]
26 septembre 2017

An important documentary Tibetan gilt-inscribed jade river pebble ‘kapala’ box and cover, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period

Lot 3006. An important documentary Tibetan gilt-inscribed jade river pebble ‘kapala’ box and cover, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795), bestowed to the 8th Dalai Lama, ca. 1783; 14.6 cm, 5 3/4  in. Estimate 2,000,000 — 3,000,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's. of irregular pebble form, skilfully worked and hollowed into a box and cover, the exterior preserving the original pebble-form and attractive russet skin with dark brown and black speckles, the interior of the box intricately... [Lire la suite]
08 septembre 2017

Qing Dynasty treasures expected to be among most coveted lots at Heritage Auctions' Asian Art Auction

DALLAS, TX.- A Large and Extremely Rare Chinese Imperial Cloisonné and Gilt Bronze Censer and Cover, Qing Dynasty, 18th century (est. $200,000-400,000) is expected to be the top lot in Heritage Auctions’ Asian Art Auction Sept. 12 in New York. Large cloisonné and bronze censers often are associated with the vast temples and chambers of Beijing’s Forbidden City, at times used for burning various forms of incense or as heat-generating braziers. This example comes from the collection of Henry C. Gibson (1830-91), a... [Lire la suite]
30 août 2017

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Hall of Mental Cultivation of The Palace Museum – Imperial Residence of Eight Emperors

Interior of East Warmth Chamber of the Hall of Mental Cultivation of The Palace Museum – Imperial Residence of Eight Emperors. HONG KONG - Hall of Mental Cultivation (Yangxin Dian) was the living place of the Qing emperors and the political centre of the Qing dynasty. It is one of the mostly visited places in The Palace Museum, and it houses the most well-known and invaluable artefacts relating to the emperors Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong, etc. As the Hall is closed for large-scale renovation, artefacts previously housed in... [Lire la suite]

14 juillet 2017

An important documentary blue and white altar vase, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period, dated to 1741

Lot 508. An important documentary blue and white altar vase, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period, dedicatory inscription of Tang Ying, dated to 1741, 64.1 cm., 25 1/4 in. Estimate Upon Request. Sold  11,520,000 HKD. Photo Sotheby's. finely painted overall in vivid tones of underglaze-blue enhanced by simulated 'heaping and piling', the broad shouldered body with a reserved panel to one side enclosing a seven-line inscription, surrounded by lotus blooms borne on dense scrolling leafy stems, of which the... [Lire la suite]
05 juillet 2017

Chinese Jade vessels, stolen by prolific thieves in 2005, recovered and sold at auction for 10 times their estimate

Lot 1. A large Chinese celadon jade ewer and cover, Qianlong (1736-1795). Estimate: £1,000-2,000. Price: £8,500. Courtesy Woolley & Wallis LONDON.- Four valuable Chinese jade miniature vessels have been recovered and successfully sold at Woolley & Wallis after being stolen over 12 years ago by Michael Openshaw. At the time of the theft, Openshaw and fellow thief Robert Barrett had recently served time in prison for similar crimes which were described by the Judge during sentencing as “despicable”. The... [Lire la suite]
24 juin 2017

A rare Imperial and spinach-green jade 'lotus' bowl and cover, Qianlong period

Lot 106. A rare Imperial and spinach-green jade 'lotus' bowl and cover, Qianlong period, 15cm (5 7/8in) diam.(3). Estimate HK$180,000 - 200,000 (US$23,000 - 26,000). Sold for HK$ 562,500 (€64,546). Photo: Bonhams. Superbly carved in the form of a lotus pod, rising on a short spreading foot elaborately carved on the bowl with overlapping lotus petals rising to the inverted rim, surmounted by the slightly domed pod with naturalistically carved circular nodes simulating seeds, encircling the tall ribbed neck, set... [Lire la suite]
24 juin 2017

A very rare pair of Imperial polychrome and qiangjin lacquer 'dragon' banquet boxes and covers, Qianlong period

Lot 110. A very rare pair of Imperial polychrome and qiangjin lacquer 'dragon' banquet boxes and covers, Qianlong period. Sold for HK$ 1,250,000 (€143,435). Photo: Bonhams. Each of rectangular form, the covers with gilt-wire mesh quatrelobed windows on each side, colourfully decorated in polychrome and gilt with a ferocious front-facing five-clawed dragon holding the flaming pearl enclosing the character sheng, surrounded by further eighteen sinuous three-clawed dragons in flight amidst lingzhi-shaped... [Lire la suite]