06 avril 2015

Two Imperial bird paintings by Shen Quan, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period

Two Imperial bird paintings by Shen Quan, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period. Estimate 1,000,000 — 1,500,000 HKD (113,943 - 170,915 EUR). Photo Sotheby's ink and colour on paper, signed Shen Quan with seal of the artist, delicately painted with two auspicious birds perched on realistically rendered jagged rockwork below overhanging pine trees and bamboo shoots, their plumage picked out in precise detail, the background accentuated with cresting waves; signed Shen Quan with additional seal,... [Lire la suite]

06 avril 2015

A rare gilt-bronze 'Manjusri and lion' group, Qing dynasty, 17th century 

A rare gilt-bronze 'Manjusri and lion' group, Qing dynasty, 17th century. Estimate 600,000 — 800,000 HKD (68,366 - 91,155 EUR). Photo Sotheby's the richly gilt bodhisattva cast seated upon a lotus throne in lalitasana with his right foot resting on a stylised double lotus bloom issuing from the base of the lotus throne, the right hand resting on the right knee in vitarka mudra with the left hand gently placed by the left leg, the serene face flanked by a pair of... [Lire la suite]
05 avril 2015

A superb crystal brushwasher and its original maki-e carved lacquer stand, Qing dynasty, Yongzheng period

A superb crystal brushwasher and its original maki-e carved lacquer stand, Qing dynasty, Yongzheng period. Estimate 5,000,000 — 7,000,000 HKD (570,079 - 798,111 EUR). Photo Sotheby's of oval section, the transparent quartz with straight sides tapering towards the base, the rim evenly divided into ten lobes, all supported on a short straight footring, the oval-sectioned reticulated stand lacquered dark brown, after Japanese maki-e lacquer of the period, the flat-top enclosing a... [Lire la suite]
05 avril 2015

A pair of Imperial kesi poems by Ji Lun, Qing dynasty, Jiaqing period

A pair of Imperial kesi poems by Ji Lun, Qing dynasty, Jiaqing period. Estimate 400,000 — 600,000 HKD (45,577 - 68,366 EUR). Photo Sotheby's each intricately woven with seven large characters in kaishu, one with an additional inscription reading yuzhi shiju ('Imperial poem'), the other with an additional inscription reading chen ji lun gongji jingshu ('Respectfully written by the official Ji Lun'),  all mounted within a brocade border and... [Lire la suite]
05 avril 2015

A Canton enamel tray and a Canton enamel snuff bottle, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period

A Canton enamel tray and a Canton enamel snuff bottle, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period. Estimate 400,000 — 600,000 HKD (45,577 — 68,366 EUR). Photo Sotheby's comprising: a tray cast in the shape of a palmette leaf, decorated on the interior as a leaf with small floral buds and a blue beetle atop it, the reverse enamelled to simulate a pale apple-green coloured leaf, inscribed with a Qianlong four-character reign mark within a rectangular white panel; and a snuff bottle enamelled... [Lire la suite]
05 avril 2015

A large spinach-green jade 'Champion' vase, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period

A large spinach-green jade 'Champion' vase, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period. Estimate 1,000,000 — 1,500,000 HKD (113,943 - 170,915 EUR). Photo Sotheby's boldly worked and hollowed in the form of two tubular pedestal vases flanking an eagle standing on the head of a recumbent winged bear, the eagle's wings outstretched across both vases, each vase centred with a band enclosing stylised phoenix writhing sinuously and a chilong band, all between two pendent leiwenblades, the foot... [Lire la suite]


04 avril 2015

An inscribed 'Langyao' red-glazed truncated bottle neck vase, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, inscription dated to the yiwei year (

An inscribed 'Langyao' red-glazed truncated bottle neck vase, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, inscription dated to the yiwei year (1775). Estimate 3,600,000 — 4,600,000 HKD (408,505 - 521,978 EUR). Photo Sotheby's stoutly potted, the globular body rising to slanted shoulders surmounted by a columnar neck, applied overall with a deep speckled copper-red glaze draining from the rim in rich crimson and ruby tones to a sumptuous burgundy, neatly trimmed at the foot, the glaze further suffused with... [Lire la suite]
04 avril 2015

Exhibition tells the story of China's foremost art collector Qianlong Emperor

Giuseppe Castiglione (Italian 1688–1766, worked in China 1714–66), Portrait of Qianlong Emperor in ceremonial court robe, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period, 1736, coloured inks on silk, 238.5 x 179.2 cm (image and sheet). The Palace Museum, Beijing (Gu6464) MELBOURNE.- Hidden treasures from Beijing’s Palace Museum in the Forbidden City have come to Melbourne for the first time, in an Australian exclusive exhibition. A Golden Age of China: Qianlong Emperor, 1736–1795 tells the story of China’s foremost art collector Qianlong... [Lire la suite]
31 mars 2015

An extremely rare and superbly enamelled pair of Famille-Rose 'Peach' bowls, Marks and period of Yongzheng

An extremely rare and superbly enamelled pair of Famille-Rose 'Peach' bowls, Marks and period of Yongzheng. Estimate 40,000,000 — 60,000,000 HKD (4,560,634 - 6,840,951 EUR). Photo Sotheby's each exquisitely potted with deep rounded sides resting on a short foot, superbly enamelled in vivid tones of rose pink, shades of green, yellow, iron-red, brown and black with two varieties of flowering and fruiting peach branches issuing from the foot and extending across the... [Lire la suite]
30 mars 2015

A Dehua cylindrical tripod censer, Qing dynasty, 18th century

A Dehua cylindrical tripod censer, Qing dynasty, 18th century. Estimate HK$30,000-50,000 (US$3,900-6,500). Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015 The censer is raised on three ruyi-form feet and is moulded with three shallow bands around the exterior, the central register is  incised with two rows of key-frets. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm.) high Christie's. FINE CHINESE WORKS OF ART FROM THE YAOGUSHANFANG COLLECTION, 6 April 2015, 22nd Floor