17 avril 2015

The lifetime jade collection of John A. Campbell, M.D. of Akron, Ohio breaks estimations at Aspire Auctions

Carved White Jade Screen in Boxwood Stand, ca. 1750. Estimate $800/1,200. Sold for $47,178.75. Photo courtesy Aspire Auctions. Double sided carved jade screen. one side show a carved mountain landscape with two large trees sheltering a house and it's owner, the left and upper corner have a plum tree. The reverse side shows a river in the center with a solitary bridge with a traveler, the lower center has a sampan with figure; on the right is a boy riding a water buffalo. Ornate carved wood base with... [Lire la suite]

08 avril 2015

A rare blue and white 'Lotus' alms bowl, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period

A rare blue and white 'Lotus' alms bowl, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period. Estimate 800,000 — 1,200,000  HKD. Unsold. Photo courtesy Sotheby's well potted with deep tapering sides supported on a rounded base, the exterior painted in cobalt-blue with large lotus blossoms wreathed by meandering leafy scrolls issuing smaller lotus buds and curling tendrils below a stylised pendent lappet band, a 'classic scroll' band circling the rim; 26.1 cm., 10 1/4  in. Notes: Delicately painted with a leafy... [Lire la suite]
08 avril 2015

A blue and white 'dragon' dish, Zhiyuantang zhi mark, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period

A blue and white 'dragon' dish, Zhiyuantang zhi mark, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period. Estimate 80,000 — 120,000  HKD. Lot sold 175,000 HKD (20,800 EUR). Photo courtesy Sotheby's the shallow rounded sides rising from a short foot to an everted rim, the interior vividly painted in cobalt-blue with a five-clawed dragon writhing amidst flames and cloud swirls, within a double-line border repeated at the rim, the exterior similarly decorated with a pair of ferocious dragons in mutual pursuit... [Lire la suite]
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06 avril 2015

Two Imperial bird paintings by Shen Quan, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period

Two Imperial bird paintings by Shen Quan, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period. Estimate 1,000,000 — 1,500,000 HKD (113,943 - 170,915 EUR). Photo Sotheby's ink and colour on paper, signed Shen Quan with seal of the artist, delicately painted with two auspicious birds perched on realistically rendered jagged rockwork below overhanging pine trees and bamboo shoots, their plumage picked out in precise detail, the background accentuated with cresting waves; signed Shen Quan with additional seal,... [Lire la suite]
05 avril 2015

A Canton enamel tray and a Canton enamel snuff bottle, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period

A Canton enamel tray and a Canton enamel snuff bottle, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period. Estimate 400,000 — 600,000 HKD (45,577 — 68,366 EUR). Photo Sotheby's comprising: a tray cast in the shape of a palmette leaf, decorated on the interior as a leaf with small floral buds and a blue beetle atop it, the reverse enamelled to simulate a pale apple-green coloured leaf, inscribed with a Qianlong four-character reign mark within a rectangular white panel; and a snuff bottle enamelled... [Lire la suite]
05 avril 2015

A large spinach-green jade 'Champion' vase, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period

A large spinach-green jade 'Champion' vase, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period. Estimate 1,000,000 — 1,500,000 HKD (113,943 - 170,915 EUR). Photo Sotheby's boldly worked and hollowed in the form of two tubular pedestal vases flanking an eagle standing on the head of a recumbent winged bear, the eagle's wings outstretched across both vases, each vase centred with a band enclosing stylised phoenix writhing sinuously and a chilong band, all between two pendent leiwenblades, the foot... [Lire la suite]


04 avril 2015

Exhibition tells the story of China's foremost art collector Qianlong Emperor

Giuseppe Castiglione (Italian 1688–1766, worked in China 1714–66), Portrait of Qianlong Emperor in ceremonial court robe, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period, 1736, coloured inks on silk, 238.5 x 179.2 cm (image and sheet). The Palace Museum, Beijing (Gu6464) MELBOURNE.- Hidden treasures from Beijing’s Palace Museum in the Forbidden City have come to Melbourne for the first time, in an Australian exclusive exhibition. A Golden Age of China: Qianlong Emperor, 1736–1795 tells the story of China’s foremost art collector Qianlong... [Lire la suite]
25 mars 2015

A rare Imperial zitan 'Shou character' model, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period

A rare Imperial zitan 'Shou character' model, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period. Estimate 300,000 — 400,000 HKD (34,183 - 45,577 EUR). Photo Sotheby's. the bowl-shaped model carved with rounded sides rising to an everted galleried rim, resting on a slightly splayed foot with a galleried footrim, the body decorated in columns of three with neatly incised and gilt with one hundred and twenty variations of the shou character, the flat top with a circular raised fillet bordering... [Lire la suite]
25 mars 2015

A finely carved Imperial zitan stand, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period

A finely carved Imperial zitan stand, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period. Estimate 500,000 — 700,000 HKD (56,972 - 79,760 EUR). Photo Sotheby's. The rectangular top framed on the sides with an upright fence carved with shou medallions reserved against a wan-diapered ground, resting on a waist pierced with elongated apertures, all above a base boldly carved in openwork with birds perched on thin twigs, the scenes detailed with pine blossoms, bamboo leaves and prunus... [Lire la suite]
25 mars 2015

An Imperial rubbing of the Prajnaparamita Sutra, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period, dated to 1775

An Imperial rubbing of the Prajnaparamita Sutra, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period, dated to 1775. Estimate 800,000 — 1,000,000 HKD (91,155 - 113,943 EUR). Photo Sotheby's. rubbing of the Qianlong Emperor's copy of the Xinjing (Prajnamaramitra Sutra, or 'Heart Sutra') dated to thexinwei year, corresponding to 1751), calligraphy in xingshu (running script), rubbed on five sheets of black paper within a border of archaistic kui dragons, followed by a four-page... [Lire la suite]