17 avril 2014

Antique Chinese coins at Collectibles Auction Asia 3 / 2014

Xin Dynasty (7 AD), Wang Mang, “Da Quan Wu Shi”. Photo courtesy Collectibles Auction 5 Pcs, Early Thick Mintage Variety, UNC condition unearthed from jar with beautiful blue rustiness, Rare- 新朝, 王莽铸 “大泉五十”, 早期厚重版, 5枚, 未流通罐装蓝锈美品, 稀少 - Estimate SGD60 – SGD150 Han Dynasty, Wu Zhu. Photo courtesy Collectibles Auction 20 Pcs, UNC condition unearthed from jar with beautiful rustiness - 汉代, 五铢, 20枚, 未流通罐装美锈美品, 未清理原貌状态 - Estimate SGD45 – SGD80 China, Warring States, “Ming” knife money.Photo... [Lire la suite]
12 avril 2014

A wucai bowl, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period

A wucai bowl, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period. Photo Sotheby's Fu symbol in underglaze-blueDiameter 7 1/4 in., 18.4 cm Provenance: Property from a Private New York Collection.Sotheby’s New York, 29th November 1994, lot 314.Berwald Oriental Art, London, 1996 One of a pair, this bowl is painted with figures seated in an idyllic landscape on one side and inscribed on the other. The inscription is a portion of a poem by the famous Tang dynasty poet Li Bai entitled Zou Bi Zeng Du Gu Fu Ma (A Quick Note to Officer Du Gu), which may be... [Lire la suite]
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12 avril 2014

A wucai brushpot, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period

A wucai brushpot, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period. Photo Sotheby's Height 6 1/2 in., 16.8 cm Provenance: Christie’s London, 6th June 2000, lot 357.A & J Speelman, London, 2001. Exposition: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Colors of Earth, Kangxi Era Porcelain from the Stamen Collection, 2002, no. 13. A continuous scene depicts a scholar as he leans out from his study and gazes up at the moon. The moment of inspiration is echoed in the poetic inscription attributed to the Tang dynasty poet Wang Changling (698-756)... [Lire la suite]
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12 avril 2014

A large wucai dish, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period

A large wucai dish, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period. Photo Sotheby's Diameter 18 1/4 in., 46.4 cm Provenance: Collection of Konrad Bernheimer, Germany. Seated, wearing humble attire, the elder statesman Jiang Ziya fishes by the side of the Wei River. Across from him stands King Wen of Zhou and his entourage. Before heading out on the hunting trip, the king had sought out a prophesy and was told he would return without game but with something much more valuable; a teacher. Upon meeting the white haired dignitary, King Wen of Zhou... [Lire la suite]
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12 avril 2014

A large wucai dish, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period

A large wucai dish, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period. Photo Sotheby's Diameter 20 3/8 in., 51.8 cm Provenance: Robert Rousset, Compagnie de la Chine de des Indes, Paris, 1950s.European Collection.Christie’s London, 13th November 2001, lot 224.S. Marchant & Son, London, 2005. Intricately painted with a lively historically-set banquet scene, the dish conveys the luxurious aspect of imperial life. The emperor, seated on the high central dais with a large dragon roundel on his robe, wears a satisfied countenance as he observes... [Lire la suite]
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12 avril 2014

A large wucai cylindrical vase, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period

A large wucai cylindrical vase, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period. Photo Sotheby's. Height 29 3/4 in., 74.5 cm Provenance: Tonying & Company, New York.St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri.Christies New York, 30th March 2005, lot 396. This important vase is painted with a lively continuous scene taken from the Feng Shen Bang (Investiture of the Gods). Huang Feihu, Prince Wucheng of the Shang dynasty, and one of his younger brothers are depicted bowing before King Wu of the Zhou; acknowledging the ascension of a new... [Lire la suite]


12 avril 2014

A powder blue and gilt decorated phoenix-tail vase, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period

A powder blue and gilt decorated phoenix-tail vase, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period. Photo Sotheby's. Height 18 in., 46 cmProvenance: Ralph M. Chait Galleries, New York, 1998.The present vase is skillfully painted with eight gilt reserves each illustrating a stanza of Du Fu’s famous poem, 'The Eight Immortals of the Wine Cup'. Althought the subjects of this Tang dynasty poem were contemporaries, fellow scholars and poets, their elite literati status elevates them to the immortality of the title. The poem describes the rambunctious... [Lire la suite]
12 avril 2014

A blue and white circular box and cover, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period with apocryphal six-character Chenghua mark

A blue and white circular box and cover, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period with apocryphal six-character Chenghua mark. Photo Sotheby's Diameter 8 5/8 in., 21,8 cm Provenance: S. Marchant & Son, London, 1999. Exposition: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Chinese Lacquer 1200-1800, 16th November 2012 to 8th September 2013. Inspired by Ming dynasty prototypes, the particular composition known as the 'Hundred Boys' first appears in the Yongle period and is revisited in the Xuande, Chenghua, Hongzhi, Jiajing, Longqing and Tianqi periods.... [Lire la suite]
12 avril 2014

A large blue and white bowl, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period

A large blue and white bowl, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period. Photo Sotheby's Diameter 14 1/2 in., 36.8 cm Provenance: Berwald Oriental Art, London, 2000. The exterior of the bowl is boldly painted on two registers with twelve scenes from one of the most popular love stories in China’s literary history. Wang Shifu (c. 1250-1300), a Yuan dynasty playwright, adapted an earlier 12th century compilation of the famous Tang dynasty tale, Xi Xiang Ji or 'The Romance of the Western Chamber'. It is the story of two lovers, the handsome... [Lire la suite]
12 avril 2014

A blue and white bottle vase, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period with apocryphal six-character Chenghua mark

A blue and white bottle vase, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period with apocryphal six-character Chenghua mark. Photo Sotheby's Height 16 in., 40.8 cm Provenance: S. Marchant & Son, London, 2002. Exquisitely drawn, the eight vistas, each within a differently shaped reserve represent pseudo templates of classical landscape painting. The vase provides an arrangement of such time-honored themes as a snow-filled winter scene, an autumn scene with geese flying south, a scholar’s moonlit retreat, a hill-top haven, and fishermen casting... [Lire la suite]


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