14 août 2018

White jade goose, Qing dynasty, 18th century

White jade goose, Qing dynasty, 18th century, Length: 2 3/4 inches, 6.9 cm. © Ben Janssens Oriental Art. A jade carving in the form of a goose. The bird turns its head backwards and rests it on its back, showing a dynamic movement. The head is carved in detail with a pointed beak and round eyes. The body is carved in low relief with a simplistic design overall and large wings on each side. Its feet are tucked beneath its body. The stone is perforated with a hole on its back through to the base and is of an even white colour. ... [Lire la suite]
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14 août 2018

Burnt jade cup, Qing dynasty, 18th century

Burnt jade cup, Qing dynasty, 18th century. Length: 3 inches, 7.6 cm, Width: 1 3/8 inches, 3.5 cm. © Ben Janssens Oriental Art. A nephrite jade cup, supported on a low foot, the gently rounded sides curving in towards the waist and flaring out again at the rim. The sides are carved with two handles in the form of stylised dragons, with detailed eyes and horns, biting the rim of the small vessel. The stone is of variegated brown, black and oatmeal tones, with small areas of red veining. The practice of burning jade to make it... [Lire la suite]
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14 août 2018

Four hardstone discs, China, late Neolithic period to Qing dynasty, 4th century BC to 1911 AD

Four hardstone discs, China, late Neolithic period to Qing dynasty, 4th century BC to 1911 AD. Diameters: from 3 inches, 7.7 cm to 1 1/4 inches, 3.3 cm. © Ben Janssens Oriental Art. Four circular hardstone discs, each with a round hole cut to the centre, leaving apertures of varying widths. The largest agate slit ring is of translucent creamy white colour, while the inner edge is composed of two faceted planes, the sloped surfaces terminating into a pointed outer edge. The dark green moss agate ring similarly has two faceted planes... [Lire la suite]
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05 août 2018

A pair of doucai 'chicken' cups, Qing dynasty, Yongzheng period (1723-1735)

Lot 3631. A pair of doucai 'chicken' cups, Qing dynasty, Yongzheng period (1723-1735); 6.6 cm., 2 5/8  in. Estimate 1,500,000 — 2,000,000 HKD. Lot Sold 2,680,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's. each finely potted with rounded sides rising from a concave base to a gently flared rim, the exterior decorated in delicate shades of enamels and underglaze blue with two cockerels and five chicks enamelled yellow and aubergine, a large rock formation issuing... [Lire la suite]
05 août 2018

A superb lacquered ivory hexagonal brushpot, Qing dynasty, 18th century

Lot 3777. A superb lacquered ivory hexagonal brushpot, Qing dynasty, 18th century; 14.3 cm., 5 5/8  in. Estimate 2,200,000 — 3,000,000 HKD. Lot Sold 5,680,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby’s. carved with straight sides rising from a compressed hexagonal base to a rim of corresponding shape, all supported on six short bracket feet, the exterior reverse-decorated  with a continuous scene depicting two birds hovering over gnarled branches bearing prunus buds and blossoms, with several... [Lire la suite]
05 août 2018

A white jade ‘Chrysanthemum and Lotus’ bowl and cover, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period (1736-1795)

Lot 3677. A white jade ‘Chrysanthemum and Lotus’ bowl and cover, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period (1736-1795); ; 10.8 cm, 4 5/8  in. Estimate 2,200,000 — 3,000,000 HKD. Lot Sold 5,680,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby’s. the deep rounded sides carved in the form of a floral bloom with thin lobed sides extending onto the splayed foot, interrupted by a band of lotus petal lappets encircling the body, the interior centred in low relief with a floret surrounded by stylised mallow petals, the... [Lire la suite]

05 août 2018

A superb oval-shaped tianhuang ‘Mythical Beast’ seal, Qing Dynasty, Yongzheng Period (1723-1735)

Lot 3766. A superb oval-shaped tianhuang ‘Mythical Beast’ seal, Qing Dynasty, Yongzheng Period (1723-1735); 7.2 by 4.5 by 2.9 cm, 2 3/4  by 1 3/4  by 1 1/8  in., weight 120 gr. Estimate 2,200,000 — 3,000,000 HKD. Lot Sold 5,680,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby’s. deftly carved in the form of a mythical beast sitting on its haunches on an oval-sectioned pedestal, the mythical beast depicted with its head powerfully held up above its prominently pronounced taut muscles, its... [Lire la suite]
05 août 2018

A superb yellow jade hexagonal vase, gu, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century

Lot 3670. A superb yellow jade hexagonal vase, gu, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century; 18.8 cm., 7 3/8  in. Estimate 2,500,000 — 3,000,000 HKD. Lot Sold 7,000,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby’s. of compressed hexagonal section and of archaistic gu form, the central section with rounded sides resting on a hollow splayed foot and surmounted by a tall flared neck, the mid-section incised with archaistic scrolls, the neck and foot with archaistic upright and pendent cicada... [Lire la suite]
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05 août 2018

A fine Famille-Rose ‘Bird and Prunus’ meiping, Qing dynasty, Shendetang zhi mark, Daoguang period (1821-1850)

Lot 3634. A fine Famille-Rose ‘Bird and Prunus’ meiping, Qing dynasty, Shendetang zhi mark, Daoguang period (1821-1850); ; 26 cm., 10 1/4  in. Estimate 5,000,000 — 7,000,000 HKD. Lot Sold 8,440,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby’s. robustly potted with high rounded shoulders tapering to a slightly galleried foot, the voluptuous body delicately painted with a bird, possibly a magpie, perched on a branch bearing prunus buds and blossoms of various sizes, the bird intricately... [Lire la suite]
04 août 2018

A magnificent and rare iron-red and gilt-decorated ‘Dragon’ vase, Qing Dynasty, Yongzheng Period (1723-1735)

Lot 3706. A magnificent and rare iron-red and gilt-decorated ‘Dragon’ vase, Qing Dynasty, Yongzheng Period (1723-1735); 42.8 cm., 16 7/8  in. Estimate 10,000,000 — 15,000,000 HKD. Lot Sold 13,240,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby’s. of hexagonal section, boldly potted with a tapered central section rising from a splayed foot to rounded shoulders and a tall trumpet neck, each facet of the neck and main body painted in iron-red with a five-clawed dragon soaring amidst ruyi-shaped... [Lire la suite]