24 mai 2016

Two soapstone screens with inlays depicting censers and flowerpots, China, Qing Dynasty, 19th century

        Lot 57. Two soapstone screens with inlays depicting censers and flowerpots, China, Qing Dynasty, 19th century. Estimate 20 000 € - 30 000 €. Photo Cambi Casa d'Aste. 136,5 x 42,5 cm. CAMBI CASA D'ASTE, 20121 MILANO. Fine Chinese Works of Art (Milano), le 24 Mai 2016 à 9h30

06 février 2016

“Imperially bestowed ‘Poetry, Documents, Ritual, Music’" seal, Ming dynasty (1368–1644)

“Imperially bestowed ‘Poetry, Documents, Ritual, Music’" seal, Ming dynasty (1368–1644). Soapstone (shoushan shi). H. 7.2 x W. 6 x D. 3.5 cm, Kong Residence Cultural Relics Archive, Cultural Relics Administrative Committee of Qufu City, Shandong Province
31 janvier 2016

Soapstone seal signed San Qiao, 1525, Ming Dynasty, Jiajing Period (1522 - 1567)

Soapstone seal signed San Qiao, 1525, Ming Dynasty, Jiajing Period (1522 - 1567), Wen Peng (1498 or 1499 - 1573) (carver), Su Shun (active c. 1488 - c. 1525) (owner), soapstone, 6 x 2.27 x 2.1 cm (height x width x depth). Presented by E. H. North, 1970. EA1970.49. © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford Soapstone seal signed San Qiao (side). © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford Soapstone seal signed San Qiao (top). © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford  ... [Lire la suite]
20 novembre 2015

New York firm's specialists tracked private sources to bring fresh antiques to auction

Combined full-length and close-up views of important Chinese white jade figural study of lady carrying peach branch over shoulder. Provenance: Estate of Sen. William Andrews Clark (1839-1925) and thence by descent; Christie’s auction ‘The Clark Family, An American Dynasty.’ Est. $25,000-$35,000. Image courtesy of Lester Ramsey Auctions. FOREST HILLS, NY.- Kyo Wu, the trusted art historian who founded Lester Ramsey Auctions in 2010, said his team left no stone unturned in preparing for the company’s Dec. 6 Fine... [Lire la suite]
03 mars 2015

A fine soapstone 'YAN SHOU YI NIAN' seal, Qing dynasty

A fine soapstone 'YAN SHOU YI NIAN' seal, Qing dynasty. Estimate 7,000 — 9,000 USD. Photo Sotheby's. naturalistically carved with a dragon emerging from clouds, the stone of soft yellow tone, the inscription reading: YI SHOU YAN NIAN (good for longevity) - Height 2 1/8  in., 5.4 cm Sotheby's. Inscriptions: History as Art New York, 17 mars 2015, 01:30 PM
08 mars 2014

A reticulated soapstone snuff Bottle, 1750-1850

A reticulated soapstone snuff Bottle, 1750-1850. Photo Bonhams. Of flattened gourd form resting on an oval flat base, with a concave lip incised with two characters, the body intricately carved in openwork on each side with two panels forming a double gourd shape to reveal the inner bottle, the neck flanked by two dragon heads in high relief, the interior of the neck threaded, with the scrolling bodies extending down the narrow sides, the bottle extensively and meticulously incised and gilded with stylised waves, the stone of a... [Lire la suite]
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20 novembre 2013

An inscribed and carved soapstone 'landscape and sages' seal, Mid Qing dynasty

An inscribed and carved soapstone 'landscape and sages' seal, Mid Qing dynasty. Photo Bonhams.  The stone carved in the form of a boulder resembling a mountainscape of travelling sages amidst dwellings and foliage, one wise sage looking up towards the distant mountains with his young attendant, and two more sages admiring an enormously large old tree with their respective entourage carrying their belongings, one side with a series of kaishu inscription carved in relief, the base also carved with a series of zhuanshu... [Lire la suite]
16 novembre 2013

A very rare metal-mounted painted soapstone 'Liu Hai' snuff box and cover, Qianlong, probably circa 1750

A very rare metal-mounted painted soapstone 'Liu Hai' snuff box and cover, Qianlong, probably circa 1750. Photo courtesy Bonhams The cover carved with the Daoist God of Wealth and Prosperity subduing the three-legged frog, wearing loose robes incised at the hems, his left hand holding a pearl and right dangling a string of coins seducing the mythical creature, the stone of beige tone with traces of green and pink pigment remaining. 5.7cm wide; 6.5cm deep; 3.1cm high. Estimate HK$ 95,000 - 115,000 (€9,100... [Lire la suite]
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06 juillet 2013

Seal. China, late 19th-early 20th century, soapstone

Seal. China, late 19th-early 20th century, soapstone. Photo courtesy Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers Dragon shaped seal. 3"h. Estimate $ 400-600 Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers. Asian Art  -  Jul 26 2013 2:00 PM http://garthslive.com/
26 juin 2013

Michaan's multimillion dollar Asian sale shatters auction records

An Exceedingly Rare and Important Soapstone Figural Carving, 18th Century, dated by inscription to 1750, Sold for $2,235,000. ALAMEDA, CA.- Michaan’s Fine Asian Works of Art Auction held on Sunday, June 23, 2013 was a phenomenal success, drawing buyers from around the globe. Grossing over $4,670,000, it commanded the highest sales figure ever seen at the auction house, with floods of Internet, phone and absentee bids. The total was due in large part to another phenomenon in its own right, listed as lot 3080 in the sale. An... [Lire la suite]