02 septembre 2015

Sotheby's Hong Kong Chinese Works of Art Autumn Sales to take place on 7 October

A Large Imperial Portrait of Consort Chunhui (detail). Attributed to Giuseppe Castiglione and Studio, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period. Expected to fetch in excess of HK$60 million / US$7.7 million. Photo Sotheby's HONG KONG.- Sotheby’s Hong Kong Chinese Works of Art Autumn Sales 2015 will take place on 7 October at Hall 3, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Autumn sales this year will be highlighted by exquisite court portraits of Imperial Consorts from the Qing dynasty including one by Italian court... [Lire la suite]

01 septembre 2015

Shanghainese Deco: Vanities in the Roaring Twenties at the Liang Yi Museum

Vanity box, Cartier, 1920s © 2015 Liang Yi Museum. Compact. Lacloche, around 1925. Gold, enamel, diamonds and mother-of-pearl with internal mirror. © 2015 Liang Yi Museum Vanity box. China (Qing dynasty), 17th century. Huanghuali with coral and ivory inlays. © 2015 Liang Yi Museum. Nécessaire. Cartier, around 1930. Gold, toirtoiseshell, lacquer, lapis-lazuli and turquoise with internal mirror. © 2015 Liang Yi Museum. A minaudière by Van Cleef & Arpels with mirror and lipstick, 1925, coated in red enamel with a... [Lire la suite]
30 août 2015

An embroidered silk lady's informal court robe, Qing dynasty, late 19th century

An embroidered silk lady's informal court robe, Qing dynasty, late 19th century. Estimate 5,000 — 7,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. embroidered with eight medallions, each with a pair of cranes surrounded by and wide band of prunus sprigs and butterflies, the design repeated on the cuffs, collar and sleeve bands, edged in black and gold brocade, with terrestrial diagram and lishui border at the hem - Length  55 in., 140 cm;  Width 80 in., 203 cm Provenance: James Acheson,... [Lire la suite]
30 août 2015

A rare yellow embroidered twelve-symbol semi-formal 'dragon' robe, Qing dynasty, 19th century

A rare yellow embroidered twelve-symbol semi-formal 'dragon' robe, Qing dynasty, 19th century. Estimate 60,000 — 80,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. couched in gold-wrapped threads with nine five-clawed dragons, one on the inner flap, surrounded by swirling clouds, interspersed with bats carrying auspicious objects, with stylized shou characters and the 'Twelve Symbols of Imperial Authority', the sun, moon, mountains and constellation around the neck, the fu symbol, ax, small dragon and pheasant... [Lire la suite]
30 août 2015

A child's silk 'dragon' robe, Qing dynasty, 19th century

A child's silk 'dragon' robe, Qing dynasty, 19th century. Estimate 6,000 — 8,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. couched in gold-covered threads with dragons chasing 'flaming pearls', amid clouds and auspicious objects, above terrestrial diagram and lishui border, framed and glazed. Length 27 1/2  in., 69.8 cm; Width 46 1/4  in., 117.5 cm Provenance: Sotheby's New York, 9th and 10th October 1987, lot 81. Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New York, 15 sept. 2015
30 août 2015

An Imperial yellow satin brocade tibetan -style 'dragon' robe (chuba), Qing dynasty, Kangxi period

An Imperial yellow satin brocade tibetan -style 'dragon' robe (chuba), Qing dynasty, Kangxi period. Estimate 40,000 — 60,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. constructed in Tibet from Chinese Kangxi period imperial yellow silk brocade, the design dominated by eight complete five-clawed dragons grasping flaming pearls on the front, back and shoulders, with four partial dragons on the sleeves, superimposed against a ground of interconnected clouds and small dragons, woven in gold and multi-colored threads, all above a... [Lire la suite]


29 août 2015

A large flambe-glazed and gilt bottle vase, Qing dynasty, 18th century

A large flambe-glazed and gilt bottle vase, Qing dynasty, 18th century. Estimate 3,000 — 5,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's the globular body rising from a tapering foot to a tall slender cylindrical neck, covered overall in a lustrous crimson-red glaze thinning to an ivory tone at the mouth and dappled with milky lavender blue, the body with traces of a gilt-painted landscape, the base with a crackled-ivory glaze, wood stand (2). Height 17 1/4  in., 43.8 cm Property from the collection of John F. Lewis, Jr.... [Lire la suite]
27 août 2015

A Yixing molded 'Dragon' bowl, Qing dynasty, 18th century, signed Chen Jinhou

A Yixing molded 'Dragon' bowl, Qing dynasty, 18th century, signed Chen Jinhou. Estimate 5,000 — 7,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the rounded sides molded with five raised oval medallions of a dragon amid clouds, below a band of stylizedshou characters encircling the rim, the buff colored clay flecked with reddish-brown slip, the base impressed with a seal reading Chen Jinhou zhi (made by Chen Jinhou). Diameter 7 7/8  in., 20 cm Provenance: Gerard Hawthorn Ltd., London, 1997. ... [Lire la suite]
25 août 2015

A 'Langyao' baluster vase, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period

A 'Langyao' baluster vase, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period. Estimate 8,000 — 12,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the slender baluster body rising from a spreading foot to a waisted neck flaring at the rim, the exterior covered in a vitreous raspberry-red glaze pooling slightly at the foot and draining to white at the rim, suffused with a network of fine crackle throughout, the interior and underside of the base covered with a crackled ivory-colored glaze. Height 18 in., 45.7 cm Property from the collection... [Lire la suite]
24 août 2015

A turquoise 'scholar's rock' (gongshi), Qing dynasty

A turquoise 'scholar's rock' (gongshi), Qing dynasty. Estimate 8,000 — 10,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. vertically orientated, carved in imitation of a scholar's rock and evokative of mountain peaks, the turquoise matrix with an uneven surface and pierced with large circular openings, ridges and jagged protrusions. Height 4 7/8  in., 12.4 cm Provenance: Ji Zhen Zhai Collection.  Bibliography: Fang Jing Pei, Treasures of the Chinese Scholar, New York, 1997, pl. 131 (right). ... [Lire la suite]