20 juin 2015

Large Stone Head of the Bodhisattva Guanyin, China, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Large Stone Head of the Bodhisattva Guanyin, China, Tang dynasty (618-907). Estimate 10 000 € / 13 000 €. Photo Auctionata AG Depiction of Guanyin with a meditative expression - The half-closed eyes and the slightly smiling, full mouth are finely carved - The fine hair is hidden under an ornate headdress, which is decorated with three floral medallions - Mounted on a black base (later) - - Height: c. 43 cm -Good condition consistent with age   Provenance: Property of a... [Lire la suite]

20 juin 2015

Impressive Limestone Head of Lokapala, China, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Impressive Limestone Head of Lokapala, China, Tang dynasty (618-907). Estimate 20 000 € / 26 000 €. Photo Auctionata AG Depiction of a Lokapala guardian figure - Expressive countenance with bulging eyes, arched eyebrows, a wide nose and a big, open mouth - The fine hair tied into a high topknot - The muscular neck of the Guardian carved in a very naturalistic manner - Mounted on a metal base (later) -Height: c. 56 cm -Good condition consistent with age Provenance:... [Lire la suite]
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19 juin 2015

Tall Limestone Figure of Buddha Shakyamuni, Tang Dynasty (618-907)

Tall Limestone Figure of Buddha Shakyamuni, Tang Dynasty (618-907). Estimate 50 000 € / 65 000 €. Photo Auctionata AG Depiction of Buddha Shakyamuni, seated in sukhasana on a base - The left hand is relaxed placed on the knee - Numerous small curls cover Buddha’s head and form a dome-shaped ushnisha - The face has a serene expression with a well-proportioned countenance and a slight smile - Buddha is dressed in a richly pleated garment which also covers the base... [Lire la suite]
31 mai 2015

A white-glazed jar and a 'Jian' 'hare's fur' teabowl, Tang dynasty and Song dynasty

A white-glazed jar and a 'Jian' 'hare's fur' teabowl, Tang dynasty and Song dynasty. Estimate 30,000 — 40,000 HKD (3,600 - 4,800 EUR). Photo Sotheby's the jar of globular form with a short flared neck and everted rim, supported on a solid splayed foot, applied with a white slip and a milky-white glaze stopping above the base revealing a white body, the interior glazed dark brown, the teabowl of conical form supported on a solid foot and shallow footring, applied with a lustrous black... [Lire la suite]
20 mai 2015

A very rare white glazed jar, Tang Dynasty (AD618-907)

A very rare white glazed jar, Tang Dynasty (AD618-907). Estimate HKD180,000 - 220,000 (TWD729,000 - 891,000) (USD23,200 - 28,400). Photo courtesy Ravenel. This jar has a lipped rim and a bulbous belly. It is completely covered with white glaze of a pure tint, and has a very regular shape. The craftsmanship is excellent, the ceramic body firm and well worked. Manufacturing a vessel of this considerable size is rather difficult, and the round lines running around the belly reveal traces from the casting process.... [Lire la suite]
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15 mai 2015

A very rare Yaozhou teabowl, Tang dynasty (AD618-907)

A very rare Yaozhou teabowl, Tang dynasty (AD618-907). Estimate HKD80,000 - 120,000 (TWD324,000 - 486,000) (USD10,300 - 15,500). Photo courtesy Ravenel. It is well known that the Yaozhou kiln is most renowned for its celadon ware. This kiln was established during the Tang dynasty, and at first produced mainly plain or white-glazed ceramics with splashes of black. This lot is a Tang Yaozhou teabowl with a wide mouth, rounded belly, and circular foot. The body is unglazed, but the bowl's inside is decorated with a... [Lire la suite]
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15 mai 2015

A rare Xingyao white glazed ewer,Tang Dynasty (AD618-907)

  A rare Xingyao white glazed ewer,Tang Dynasty (AD618-907). Estimate HKD140,000 - 180,000 (TWD567,000 - 729,000) (USD18,100 - 23,200). Photo courtesy Ravenel. This ewer has outwardly arched edge, a short neck, and a long, rounded belly. Attached to the neck and belly on one side is an elongated curved rattan design handle. On the opposite side of the handle is a short, round spout. Most Tang dynasty zhihu ewers show this kind of design. The whole vessel is glazed pure white. The finish has a smooth, glossy luster, and... [Lire la suite]
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14 mai 2015

Prices soar for Chinese and Japanese works of art at Sotheby's in London

An ancient painted earthenware female bust, Dogu, from Japan’s Neolithic era, was feverishly pursued, driving the final sale price to £1,013,000 (US$1,587,675 / HK$12,383,865), well in excess of its pre-sale estimate of £70,000-90,000. Photo: Sotheby's. LONDON.- Today at Sotheby’s in London, prices soared for rare Chinese and Japanese works of art, with individual pieces selling for many multiples of their estimates, bringing the combined total to £18,279,875 (US$28,650,048 / HK$223,470,374), far exceeding the... [Lire la suite]
09 mai 2015

A silvered bronze mirror, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907)

A silvered bronze mirror, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907). Estimate £5,000 – £8,000 ($7,600 - $12,160). Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015 The mirror is cast with four striding animals encircling the central knop, surrounded by a sixteen-character inscription. 5 in. (12.7 cm.) diam. Provenance: Christie's New York, 2 December 1998, lot 40.Sotheby's New York, 20 March 2007, lot 539.Property from the Sui Yuan Zhai Collection. Christie's. CHINESE CERAMICS, WORKS OF ART AND TEXTILES, 12 May 2015, London,... [Lire la suite]
09 mai 2015

A silvered bronze 'Lion and grapevine' mirror, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907)

A silvered bronze 'Lion and grapevine' mirror, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907). Estimate £4,000 – £6,000 ($6,080 - $9,120). Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015 The mirror is decorated with a central knop cast as a crouching lion surrounded by further lions romping amongst scrolling grapevines. The outer border is cast in a similar design interspersed with birds and insects, all below a band of detached florets. The reverse is plain. 6 5/8 in. (17 cm.) diam., metal stand and Japanese wood box Provenance: Acquired in the... [Lire la suite]