29 septembre 2018

Arcadian Beauty – Exceptional Works from the Song Dynasty at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 3 october 2018

Arcadian BeautyRegina Krahl In the Song dynasty (960-1279), probably more than in any other period of China’s history, culture and education were considered the most important prerequisites of the elite and valued higher than office and rank. Advancement in society was certainly desired and sought, but at the same time spurned, and the state’s most outspoken critics were often celebrated as sages. Even if the post of a high official in the service of the Emperor was considered the ultimate achievement, a modest and humble existence... [Lire la suite]

17 septembre 2018

A fine Chinese Qingbai conical bowl with incised floral design, Song dynasty (960-1279)

Lot 636. A fine Chinese Qingbai conical bowl with incised floral design, Song dynasty (960-1279). Dia.: 22cm - H.: 9 cm. Estimate: € 3000 - € 6000. Courtesy Rob Michiels Auctions. Provenance: - Acquired in Indonesia in the 1980's by the current owner. See also: - Christie's, Hong Kong, Nov. 30, 2016, for another conical qingbai bowl of comparable size. A finely carved Qingbai 'Boys' conical bowl, Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279); 8 1/4 in. (21 cm.) diam. Sold for 1,250,000 HKD... [Lire la suite]
17 septembre 2018

A fine Chinese Yaozhou chrysanthemum bowl, Song dynasty (960-1279)

Lot 635. A fine Chinese Yaozhou chrysanthemum bowl, Song dynasty (960-1279). Dia.: 18 cm - H.: 8 cm. Estimate: € 4000 - € 8000. Courtesy Rob Michiels Auctions. Presented with a fitted box. Provenance: - A Dutch private collection.- The base with a label for Blitz Oriental Art, Amsterdam. Rob Michiels Auctions. Arts d'Asie I & II, 6-7 octobre 2018 
30 août 2018

A lobed silver vase, Song dynasty (960-1279)

Lot 241. A lobed silver vase, Song dynasty (960-1279). Height 6 5/8  in., 16.8 cm. Estimate USD 40,000 - USD 60,000. Sold Price: 50,000 USD. © Sotheby's 2018. thinly cast, the slightly tapering ovoid body divided into twelve vertical lobes rising to a waisted neck and flat everted rim, all raised on a short, straight foot, the patina a brownish-gray with dark brown and pale green encrustation .  Note: Compare a closely related silver vase of very similar form, excavated from a Song... [Lire la suite]
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29 août 2018

A rare carved 'Yaozhou' celadon-glazed 'Peony' vase, Song dynasty (960-1279)

Lot 214. A rare carved 'Yaozhou' celadon-glazed 'Peony' vase, Song dynasty (960-1279). Height 7 3/8  in., 18.7 cm. Estimate 40,000 —60,000 USD. Sold Price: 56,250 USD © Sotheby's 2018. the teardrop-shaped body set over a low foot and rising to a narrow, waisted neck broadening toward the rim, freely carved all around with a long peony stem undulating around the body and issuing slender shoots of new growth coiling up the neck, clusters of curling leaves peeling from each branch and framing... [Lire la suite]
29 août 2018

A small gold 'chrysnthemum' box and cover, Song dynasty (960-1279)

Lot 240. A small gold 'chrysnthemum' box and cover, Song dynasty (960-1279). Diameter 1 7/8  in., 4.8 cm. Estimate 25,000 — 35,000 USD. Sold Price: 31,250 USD. © Sotheby's 2018. of circular outline, the slightly domed cover with repoussé and chased decoration of flowering chrysanthemum blossoms borne on leafing stems within a border of leiwen and a band of classic scroll encircling the rim, repeated around the side of the box (2). Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New York,... [Lire la suite]
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29 août 2018

A gold filigree pendant, Song dynasty (960-1279)

Lot 239. A gold filigree pendant, Song dynasty (960-1279). Length 3 3/4  in., 9.5 cm. Estimate 30,000 — 50,000 USD. Sold Price: 37,500 USD. © Sotheby's 2018. of tear-drop form, the plaque with an intricate openwork floral meander of lotus blossoms issuing from a sinuous, leafing stem enclosed within a punched border of foliate scrollwork. Note: This type of pendant was a popular luxury item and most often used with two halves joined together forming a container that served as a pomander for elite... [Lire la suite]
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29 août 2018

A black lacquer dish, Song dynasty (960-1279)

Lot 250. A black lacquer dish, Song dynasty (960-1279). Diameter 7 1/4  in., 18.4 cm. Estimate 6,000 — 8,000 USD. © Sotheby's 2018. delicately constructed with the sides sweeping upward in an elegant, everted curvature, six evenly spaced ridges radiating around the cavetto for a foliate effect, a thin raised lip around the rim, the base slightly recessed, coated allover in brownish-black lacquer thinning at the raised areas, Japanese wood box (3). Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New York,... [Lire la suite]
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29 août 2018

A black lacquer tea bowl stand, Song dynasty (960-1279)

Lot 207. A black lacquer tea bowl stand, Song dynasty (960-1279). Diameter 6 1/4  in., 15.9 cm. Estimate 10,000 — 15,000 USD. © Sotheby's 2018. fine-walled, the cylindrical foot flaring at the base and supporting a broad circular tray upturning at the rim, the globular stand affixed atop the tray and open at the interior forming a hollow column from the rim to the foot, evenly coated allover with lacquer the color of black coffee, gilt at the edges, Japanese wood box (3). Sotheby's. Important Chinese... [Lire la suite]
29 août 2018

A black-glazed handled jar, Song dynasty (960-1279)

Lot 226. A black-glazed handled jar, Song dynasty (960-1279). Height 5 1/8  in., 13 cm. Estimate 6,000 — 8,000 USD. Unsold. © Sotheby's 2018. the ovoid body supported by a low foot and surmounted by a broad, upright neck set with two ribbed handles, a thick black glaze covering the upper portion of the exterior and thinning to pale brown at the interior, the buff-colored biscuit exposed at the lower body and foot. Provenance: Acquired in Hong Kong, 1986 Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New... [Lire la suite]