04 juin 2014

A rare dark blue silk summer gauze prince's surcoat, bufu, Qing Dynasty, late 18th-19th century

A rare dark blue silk summer gauze prince's surcoat, bufu, Qing Dynasty, late 18th-19th century. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2014 The elegant, deep blue silk patterned ground is worked in counted stitch in two tones of gold and one tone of silver with four roundels containing dragons in pursuit of flaming pearls amidst lotus tendrils above waves enclosed by borders formed of overlapping petals. The dragons are in profile within the two roundels on the shoulder, and front-facing in the front and back. 42 7/8 in. (109 cm.) long... [Lire la suite]
02 juin 2014

A Famille Rose and Grisaille-decorated octagonal waterpot , Qing dynasty, 18th century

A Famille Rose and Grisaille-decorated octagonal waterpot , Qing dynasty, 18th century. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2014 Each side is delicately painted en grisaille with a different landscape scene within gilt borders below foliate sprays in famille rose reserved on a yellow ground on the very slightly domed shoulder, with a foliate diaper encircling the shallow waisted neck. The interior and the base are covered in a turquoise enamel. 3 1/2 in. (9 cm.) wide, stand. Estimate HK$700,000 - HK$900,000 ($90,701... [Lire la suite]

01 juin 2014

Buddhist Masterworks at Asian Art Museum

Seated Buddha, 338. China, Later Zhao dynasty (319–350). Gilded bronze. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60B1034. Asian Art Museum © 2014 Asian Art Museum Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture This Buddha has a unique status among Buddhas in China. It bears an inscription on the back that is equivalent to the year 338. This is the earliest date inscribed on any Buddha sculpture from China, anywhere in the world.   The Buddha was completely covered in gold except for the head, which was probably... [Lire la suite]
29 mai 2014

A massive blanc-de-chine Guanyin, Qing Dynasty

A massive blanc-de-chine Guanyin, Qing Dynasty. Photo: Bonhams. Elegantly modelled standing on lotus blooms above a base of cresting waves, one hand holding a ruyi and the other held in vitarka mudra, wearing loose long-sleeved robes tied with a ribbon around the waist, the face with a serene expression and gentle smile, below her hair fashioned into a high chignon behind a crown detailed with Amitabha Buddha figures on each side; 88cm high. Sold for HK$ 43,750 (€4,145) Notes: Figures of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy or the... [Lire la suite]
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27 mai 2014

A ruby-ground Famille-Rose floral bowl, Caixiu Tang Mark, Qing Dynasty, 18th century

A ruby-ground Famille-Rose floral bowl, Caixiu Tang Mark, Qing Dynasty, 18th century. Photo: Sotheby's well potted with deep rounded sides rising form a short straight foot, the exterior decorated in vivid multi-coloured enamels against a ruby-red ground with four lotus blooms born on interlocking meandering foliate stems, alternating with smaller green- and blue-petalled blossoms issuing from ruyi-shaped heads, the base inscribed in underglaze blue with a four-character hall mark within double circles; 15.2 cm., 6... [Lire la suite]
27 mai 2014

A pair of blue and white 'Phoenix and Bamboo' wine cups, Qing Dynasty, Yu Ci Chunyi Tang Mark, 19th century

A pair of blue and white 'Phoenix and Bamboo' wine cups, Qing Dynasty, Yu Ci Chunyi Tang Mark, 19th century. Photo: Sotheby's. each of conical form, the steep sides of the interior painted with an inverted phoenix with outstretched wings, its body wrapping over the rim and extending down the exterior with long plumage flowing, set opposite two sprays of bamboo similarly growing from the exterior over the rim and extending into the cup, the base inscribed in underglaze blue with a four-character Yu ci Chunyi tang ('Bestowed... [Lire la suite]


25 mai 2014

Two small Canton archaistic vases, Qing Dynasty, 18th century

Two small Canton archaistic vases, Qing Dynasty, 18th century. Photo Sotheby's elegantly potted with a rounded square body surmounted by a slender waisted neck, set with two angled archaistic handles supporting mock rings, all raised on a stepped base of conforming section neatly detailed with knife-cut brackets along the sides, lightly applied on the body and neck with a blueish-grey glaze revealing the pale buff-coloured biscuit along the edges; 16.2 cm., 6 3/8 in. Estimation 8,000 — 12,000 HKD Sotheby's. Playthings From The... [Lire la suite]
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24 mai 2014

A small rhinoceros horn 'Tree Trunk' libation cup, Qing Dynasty, 17th-18th century

A small rhinoceros horn 'Tree Trunk' libation cup, Qing Dynasty, 17th-18th century. Photo Sotheby's the exterior carved with an irregular knotty surface resembling a tree trunk, the interior with smooth yet well defined ridges, the chocolate-brown horn lightening to a warm caramel tone towards the rim, wood stand; 8.4 cm., 3 1/4 in. Estimation 200,000 — 300,000 HKD Sotheby's. Playthings From The Collection of Edward T. Chow Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Collections Chinese Art Through the Eye of Sakamoto Gor - Asian Lacquer.... [Lire la suite]
24 mai 2014

A rhinoceros horn 'Rock and Lingzhi' libation cup, Qing Dynasty, 17th-18th century

A rhinoceros horn 'Rock and Lingzhi' libation cup, Qing Dynasty, 17th-18th century. Photo Sotheby's naturalistically modelled as a floral blossom forming the cup with a circular stamen on the interior, the exterior finely carved in varying levels of relief with branches issuing leaves and four large lingzhi, the undercut handle formed on one side with a large furled leaf and a gnarled branch, the horn of a chocolate brown tone lightening to a warm honey-brown colour towards the rim, wood stand; 16.3 cm., 6 3/8 in. Estimation... [Lire la suite]
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24 mai 2014

A rare circular rhinoceros horn 'Prunus' libation cup, Qing Dynasty, 17th-18th century

A rare circular rhinoceros horn 'Prunus' libation cup, Qing Dynasty, 17th-18th century. Photo Sotheby's of circular section, elegantly carved with flared sides rising from a hollow splayed foot, decorated around the exterior with a band enclosing low-relief prunus buds and blossoms gently floating on rippling waters, the openwork handle formed from a gnarled branch bearing prunus buds and blossoms stemming from the inner rim and extending across the cup below, the interior rim picked out with a 'classic' scroll in low relief, the... [Lire la suite]


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