16 février 2020

A Nanmu Burlwood Tree Trunk Sculpture, Qing Dynasty

Lot 3698. A Nanmu Burlwood Tree Trunk Sculpture, Qing Dynasty;76.5 cm., 30 1/8  in.. Estimate 120,000 — 200,000 HKD. Lot sold 187,500 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's. the hollowed section of a tree trunk with irregular profile, the finely whorled grain swirling in various directions resembling animal fur, the concave back side revealing the tree bark enveloped on the sides by the burl growth, wood stand. Sotheby's. Contemporary Literati — A Gathering, Hong Kong, 07  april 2014 ... [Lire la suite]

09 février 2020

A rare and large wucai cylindrical vase, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

A rare and large wucai cylindrical vase, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722). Height 29 1/4  in., 74.5 cm. Photo Sotheby's Provenance: Collection of John L. Severence (1863-1936).Cleveland Museum of Art, prior to September 2000.Christie's New York, September 21, 2000, lot 322. Exhibited: Cleveland Museum of Art, Realm of the Immortals: Daoism in the Arts of China, February 10 - April 10, 1988, no. 17. Literature: Henry S. Francis, et al, Catalogue of the John L Severance Collection; Bequest... [Lire la suite]
09 février 2020

A wucai cylindrical vase, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

A wucai cylindrical vase, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722). Height 17 1/4  in., 44 cm. Photo Sotheby's. Provenance: Vermeer & Griggs Asian Art, Georgia. Exhibited: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Colors of Earth, Kangxi Era Porcelain from the Stamen Collection, 2002, no. 22. Note: Aprofusion of butterflies, die, conveys a wish for great joy. The present vase amply illustrates the auspicious sentiment with a dazzling array of butterflies, not one like another. The artist has... [Lire la suite]
09 février 2020

A wucai wine pot, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

A wucai wine pot, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722). Height 5 in., 12.8 cm. Photo Sotheby's Provenance: Ralph M. Chait Collection, New York.Luis Alegria, Portugal, 2006. Note: Although wine pots and teapots are virtually indistinguishable, the large form of the present vessel would indicate its use for wine rather than tea. There is a saying, ‘Jiu yu tiandi tongshi' which means that ‘wine is as old as the Earth.’ Recent research has revealed that while this old saying is not literally... [Lire la suite]
09 février 2020

A wucai stembowl and cover, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

A wucai stembowl and cover, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722). Height 6 1/8  in., 15.5 cm. Photo Sotheby's Provenance: Collection of Duncan Beresford-Jones, Esq.Christie's London, June 6th, 2000, lot 358. Note: The enamels of the present piece are sparingly applied and contained to simple bands of fruiting peach boughs on the exterior. The imagery immediately evokes the celestial peach orchard of Xiwangmu and conveys wishes for longevity. The interior reinforces the sentiment with a central medallion... [Lire la suite]
09 février 2020

A wucai baluster vase, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

A wucai baluster vase, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722). Height 17 3/4  in., 45.3 cm. Photo Sotheby's Provenance: Rockefeller Collection.Ralph M. Chait Galleries, New York, 2002. Note: This vase is painted with a rarely depicted story featuring Guanyin.  It is a typical blend of reality and fiction involving a Song dynasty prefect, Cai Xiang (1012-1062), who designed the marble stone beam bridge spanning the Luoyang River just outside of Quanzhou city, Fujian province. The enormity... [Lire la suite]

09 février 2020

A wucai square section vase, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

  A wucai square section vase, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722). Height 19 in., 48.5 cm. Photo Sotheby's Provenance: Gerard Hawthorn, Ltd., London, 2001. Exhibited: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Colors of Earth, Kangxi Era Porcelain from the Stamen Collection, 2002, no. 23. Note: Three sides of the vibrantly enameled vase are each painted with a large scale depiction of one of the Star Gods.  From the early Ming dynasty the three star gods, Fuxing,... [Lire la suite]
09 février 2020

A rare underglaze-black beaker vase, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, with apocryphal Jiajing six-character mark

A rare underglaze-black beaker vase, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, with apocryphal Jiajing six-character mark. Height 17 1/2  in., 44.5 cm. Photo Sotheby's. Provenance: Ralph M. Chait Galleries, New York, 1999. Literature: R.M. Chait, "A Black and White Beaker-Shaped Vase," Far Eastern Ceramic Bulletin, September 1952, vol. IV, no. 3, serial no. 19, pp. 9-11. Note: The present vase offers an array of spiritual and auspicious imagery. The upper section focuses on the theme of longevity with deer... [Lire la suite]
09 février 2020

A large doucai hexagonal jardinière, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi marks and period (1662-1722)

A large doucai hexagonal jardinière, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi marks and period (1662-1722). Length 20¼  in., 51.5 cm. Photo Sotheby's Provenance: Private Collection, Milan.Christie's London, 15th May 2007, lot 282. Literature: Michel Beurdeley and Guy Raindre, Qing Porcelain: Famille Rose, Famille Verte, London, 1987, p. 58, fig. 62. Note: Daoist symbols abound on the present piece. The reign marks and fine quality of painting signify it was destined for the imperial palace. However, of the three major... [Lire la suite]
09 février 2020

A wucai cylindrical vase, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

A wucai cylindrical vase, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722). Height 18 1/8  in., 46 cm. Photo Sotheby's. Provenance: Qing Court Collection (pledged as collateral and forfeited to the Salt Industry Bank, Peking, in the early 1900s).Tonying and Company, New York.Collection of Allen J Mercher (Chairman of the Board Yamanaka & Co. 1943).Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 1st-2nd November 1956, lot 332 (illustrated).Ralph M. Chait Galleries, New York, 2001. Note: The subject matter of the present... [Lire la suite]