16 novembre 2013

A very rare embellished silver-gilt and enamel 'longevity' peach-shaped box and cover. Late Qianlong-Jiaqing

A very rare embellished silver-gilt and enamel 'longevity' peach-shaped box and cover. Late Qianlong-Jiaqing, two impressed Chinese maker's marks. Photo courtesy Bonhams Naturalistically worked in three horizontal sections in the form of a flattened peach, the cover with leafy tree branches issuing peaches and flowers inset with rock crystal, red and blue embellishments including rubies, sapphires and paste beads, the lower two layers opening on opposite sides to reveal a pair of hidden 'butterfly doors' compartments in... [Lire la suite]
19 août 2011

A pair of famille rose Canton enamel 'European subject' vases, zhadou. Qianlong-Jiaqing.

A pair of famille rose Canton enamel 'European subject' vases, zhadou. Qianlong-Jiaqing. Photo courtesy Bonhams Each brightly painted on both sides with two matching pairs of figures of courting couples, he wearing a blue frock coat and pink breeches, she with a long pink robe and holding a basket of flowers, all on a rich puce-red ground enriched with Indian lotus clusters between the panels and cicada lappets above the shoulder. 8.2cm (3¼in) high (2). Estimate: £750 - 1,000 Bonhams. Pictures, Furniture, Tribal, European &... [Lire la suite]

18 mai 2011

A rare white-glazed relief-decorated vase and cover. Qianlong-Jiaqing

A rare white-glazed relief-decorated vase and cover. Qianlong-Jiaqing.  Photo Bonhams The tall baluster vase with high slanted shoulders rising to the slightly waisted neck and galleried rim, supported on a splayed foot, deeply carved with a dense design of a composite leafy floral and fruiting scroll, including lotus, peony, pomegranate, peach and possibly finger citron, all between a ruyi-head border on the shoulders and lotus-petal panels above the foot, the neck with upright stiff leaves below the rim with a key-fret... [Lire la suite]
25 octobre 2009

A Greek private collection of fine jade carvings @ Bonhams

The collection was formed during the 1950s and 60s by a Greek lady in the privileged environment of a well known Athenian family, who similarly to other prominent Greek families of the period, participated in international shipping as well as being pioneers of the Greek textile industry. Pictures of the period show her as a beautiful young woman, who supported her family's social and business standing, creating several beautiful homes, with the family's main residence just opposite the Greek Royal palace. The family was frequented... [Lire la suite]


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