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]
25 mars 2015

A rare Imperial gilt-decorated jade book, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period

A rare Imperial gilt-decorated jade book, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period. Estimate 2,000,000 — 3,000,000 HKD (227,887 - 341,830 EUR). Photo Sotheby's comprising six rectangular white jade plaques of translucent celadon-white colour, the zitan front cover inlaid in metal with the characters suijing jingzhi ('Pacification of the Frontier Borders'), the first page gilt-decorated in two tones of silver with a stylised shou character flanked by a pair of scaly dragons... [Lire la suite]
24 mars 2015

A large white jade tripod incense burner and cover, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period

A large white jade tripod incense burner and cover, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period. Estimate 2,000,000 — 3,000,000 HKD (227,887 - 341,830 EUR). Photo Sotheby's the even white stone finely worked with a compressed globular form resting on three lion masks terminating in short cabriole feet, the shoulder flanked by a pair of dragon handles suspending a loose ring, finely decorated in low relief with a pair of taotie masks above a scroll band, the domed cover worked in... [Lire la suite]
24 mars 2015

A zitan box with a painting by Huang Nian, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period and a bronze 'TLV' mirror, Han Dynasty

A zitan box with a painting by Huang Nian, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period and a bronze 'TLV' mirror, Han Dynasty. Estimate 2,500,000 — 3,000,000 HKD (284,858 - 341,830 EUR). Photo Sotheby's comprising a zitan box bordered along the edges with a key-fret band, constructed with a slidable rectangular panel forming the opening of the box; a circular zitan panel centred with a circular aperture, well carved on one side with four phoenix soaring amidst... [Lire la suite]


23 mars 2015

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

A rare blue and white alms bowl and cover, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period. Estimate 600,000 — 800,000 HKD (68,366 - 91,155 EUR). Photo Sotheby's well potted with a compressed globular body, the exterior and interior both similarly decorated with a dense ground of composite floral scrolls, including lotus and peony blossoms, all wreathed in curling leaves borne on the undulating stems, the outer rim bordered with a 'classic' scroll band, the well-fitted domed cover similarly decorated on the... [Lire la suite]
10 mars 2015

Nicholas Grindley Works of Art Ltd at Asia Week New York 2015

Pair of Lokapala Heads, China, Tang Dynasty (618-907) or Five Dynasties (907-960). Nicholas Grindley Works of Art Ltd at Asia Week New York 2015.  China. Ming dynasty, Wanli period, dated 1619. Lacquer, filled-in and engraved qiangjin technique. Diameter: 15 inches (38.2 cm). Nicholas Grindley Works of Art Ltd at Asia Week New York 2015.   A huangyangmu (boxwood) hexagonal foliate brushpot. Qing dynasty, 18th century, probably Qianlong period (1736 – 1795). Height: 12.5 cm / 4... [Lire la suite]
03 mars 2015

A rare Imperial yellow jade archer's ring inscribed with a poem by the QIanlong emperor, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period

A rare Imperial yellow jade archer's ring inscribed with a poem by the Qianlong emperor, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period. Estimate 50,000 — 70,000 USD. Photo Sotheby's. of characteristic cylindrical shape, the exterior incised with a flower (identified as Hosta Plantaginea aschers), accompanied by a poem written by the Qianlong Emperor, well worn with areas of russet inclusions - Diameter 1 in., 2.5 cm Notes: English translation of the inscription: The ‘Jade Hairpin’ Poem* Of... [Lire la suite]
03 mars 2015

DA GUAN TANG BAO: An important Imperial jade seal, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period

DA GUAN TANG BAO: An important Imperial jade seal, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period. Estimate 1,000,000 — 1,500,000 USD. Photo Sotheby's. of square form, surmounted by two intertwined dragons back to back, each dragon finely carved with bulging eyes and open-jawed baring sharp fangs, the body covered with small scales and flowing mane, an aperture drilled through the center for a yellow silk string, the seal face bears an inscription of four characters DA GUAN TANG BAO in zhuanshu, the... [Lire la suite]


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