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]


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]