17 mai 2022

Ceramics from the Houlezhai Collection sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 29 April 2022

Old-World Charm from the Kempe Ceramics Collection Regina Krahl This enchanting group of ceramics, formerly in the collection of Dr Carl Kempe, displays an unmistakable old-world collecting flair. Dr Carl Kempe (1884-1967) was a Swedish industrialist, a noted tennis player, who won an Olympic medal, and an avid collector of Chinese art. His collection had two main strands: gold and silver wares and ceramics. The ceramic collection was representing the history of Chinese white wares practically in its entirety, but equally... [Lire la suite]

31 décembre 2021

A rare green-glazed tea mortar, Tang - Five dynasties (618-960)

Lot 5004. A rare green-glazed tea mortar, Tang - Five dynasties (618-960). 27 cm. Lot sold: 25,200 HKD (Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 HKD). © Sotheby's 2021 Note: In the Tang dynasty, fresh tea leaves were first steamed, then ground in a special mortar, later compressed into cakes and strung with reed or bamboo to dry. To brew the tea, the cake broken and ground into a fine powder, sifted, and boiled. A full set of gilt-silver teawares excavated from Famen... [Lire la suite]