12 septembre 2019

A bronze figure of Water-Moon Avalokiteshvara, Song dynasty (960-1279)

Lot 324. A bronze figure of Water-Moon Avalokiteshvara, Song dynasty (960-1279). Height 14 5/8  in., 37 cm. Estimate USD 300,000 — 500,000. Lot sold 375,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the divine figure beautifully cast in rajalilasana, supported by a tripod armrest beneath the proper left elbow, the opposite arm languidly extended and resting on the raised knee, the left leg pendent over the seat, the high, scrolled topknot encircled by a bejeweled diadem with streaming... [Lire la suite]

30 août 2019

A painted wood figure of a seated monk, Song dynasty (960-1279)

Lot 850. A painted wood figure of a seated monk, Song dynasty (960-1279); 9 ¾ in. (24.8 cm.) high. Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2019. Possibly representing the Tang dynasty monk, Sizhou Dasheng (the Grand Saint of Sizhou), the figure is shown seated in contemplation wearing a monastic, hooded robe that drapes gracefully over the edges of the pedestal seat, with traces of original pigment remaining. Property from the Collection of Julia and John Curtis. Provenance: J. J. Lally... [Lire la suite]
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21 août 2019

A pair of exceedingly rare silver 'Makara' plaques, Song dynasty (960-1279)

Lot 206. A pair of exceedingly rare silver 'Makara' plaques, Song dynasty (960-1279). Height of taller 3 1/4  in., 8.3 cm. Estimate USD 6,000 — 8,000. Courtesy Sotheby's. each of triangular form pierced with two tiny apertures on each of the sides, the recessed top decorated in repoussé with two pairs of confronting makaras, each with a single horn, a long curled snout, and a sinuous scaly body issuing large pelvic fins and a dorsal fin along the spine, extending to a furcated tail,... [Lire la suite]
20 août 2019

Song Dynasty Masterpieces of Early Chinese Gold and Silver from Dr. Johan Carl Kempe at Christie's NY

Lot 570. A fine and very rare gold dish, Song dynasty (960-1279); 5 ¼ in. (13.5 cm.) diam.; weight 103 g. Estimate USD 300,000 - USD 500,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2019. The circular dish is chased in the center with a dense, elegant design of two leafy, S-shaped stems, each bearing a large blossom, and the flat, everted rim is chased with a band of 'cash' pattern below the rolled edge. Provenance: Dr. Johan Carl Kempe (1884-1967) Collection, Sweden, before 1953, no. 52.Sotheby's... [Lire la suite]
08 août 2019

An important and very rare gilt-bronze figure of Avalokitesvara, Song dynasty (960-1279)

Lot 3068. An important and very rare gilt-bronze figure of Avalokitesvara, Song dynasty (960-1279);  6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm.) high. Estimate HKD 2,000,000 - HKD 3,000,000. Price Realized HKD 2,180,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2010  The finely cast figure standing on a separate base of overlapping lotus petals, the hands in vitarka mudra, the hair swept up into a top-knot behind an ornate tiara above the full face and downcast eyes with a serene expression, the hair tied neatly with... [Lire la suite]
06 août 2019

A rare erotic subject mirror, Song dynasty (960-1279)

Lot 17. A rare erotic subject mirror, Song dynasty (960-1279); 9.6cm., 3 3/4 in. Estimate 6,000 — 8,000 GBP. Lot sold 6,875 GBP. © Sotheby's  the back cast in relief with four couples in amorous embraces, around a central clasp. Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, London, 12 May 2010
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19 juillet 2019

A 'Yaozhou' conical bowl, Song dynasty (960-1279)

Lot 251. A 'Yaozhou' conical bowl, Song dynasty (960-1279). Diameter 6 in., 15.1 cm. Estimate 5,000 — 7,000 USD. Lot sold 11,875 USD. © Sotheby's the conical sides rising from a small ring foot, molded on the interior with a peony stem bearing one large central blossom surrounded by scrolling leaves, covered overall in an even pale celadon bubble-suffused glaze pooling in the recesses, the foot unglazed.  Provenance: Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Forester, San Francisco,... [Lire la suite]
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19 juillet 2019

A green 'Jun' dish and a white-glazed foliate dish, Song dynasty (960-1279)

  Lot 250. A green 'Jun' dish and a white-glazed foliate dish, Song dynasty (960-1279). Diameter 6 1/4  in., 15.9 cm. Estimate 8,000 — 12,000 USD. Lot sold 12,500 USD. © Sotheby's the jun dish of shallow form with widely flared sides and upturned rim, covered in a olive-green glaze falling above the unglazed foot burnt orange-brown, the lobed foliate-shaped dish covered in a creamy-white glaze; together with an unusual green-glazed Liao dynasty circular... [Lire la suite]
10 juillet 2019

A purple-splashed 'Jun' bubble bowl, Song dynasty (960-1279)

Lot 93. A purple-splashed 'Jun' bubble bowl, Song dynasty (960-1279). Diameter 3 3/8  in., 8.6 cm. Estimate 30,000 — 50,000 USD. Lot sold 173,000 USD. © Sotheby's. the shallow sides incurved towards the rim, covered overall with a bubble-suffused pale blue glaze thinning to a buff color at the rim, the interior with several mottled purple-blue splashes, the exterior with one vivid splash and three of more muted tone, all supported on a neatly finished unglazed foot. ... [Lire la suite]
10 juillet 2019

A purple-splashed 'Jun' bubble bowl, Song dynasty (960-1279)

Lot 92. A purple-splashed 'Jun' bubble bowl, Song dynasty (960-1279). Diameter of largest 4 1/2  in., 11.4 cm. Estimate 50,000 — 70,000 USD. Lot sold 185,000 USD. © Sotheby's. well-potted with gently rounded sides slightly curved in at the rim, resting on a neatly finished foot of wedge-shaped section, applied overall with a rich milky-blue glaze suffused with bubbles, the smoothly rounded interior with three vivid splashes and the exterior with two... [Lire la suite]