02 janvier 2022

An inscribed wucai tea caddy, Qing dynasty, Shunzhi-Kangxi period

Lot 5048. An inscribed wucai tea caddy, Qing dynasty, Shunzhi-Kangxi period  (1644-1722); 8.8 cm, Japanese wood box. Lot sold: 94,500 HKD (Estimate: 30,000 - 50,000 HKD). © Sotheby's 2021 inscribed with a poem which can be translated as, Clouds float by, where the verdant cliffs meets the sky. Build a reed hut, with not a penny spent. Draw water straight from the bucket, and simmer it for tea. And wake up to plum blossoms before my bed. Note: A... [Lire la suite]

27 décembre 2021

A fine and rare imperial wucai immortals saucer, Wanli six-character mark in underglaze blue and period (1573-1620)

Lot 502. A fine and rare imperial wucai immortals saucer, Wanli six-character mark in underglaze blue and period (1573-1620). D. 14,2 cm. Sold: €12,000 (Est: €9,000 - €15,000). © Nagel The saucer is enamelled with immortals in the mirror, the caveto is decorated with clouds and Shou characters alternately, the outside is decorated with eight free-standing floral tendrils.  Provenance: From an important private collection in southern Germany, collected between 1950 and 1987. Note: A very similar bowl... [Lire la suite]
17 décembre 2021

A fine wucai 'dragon and phoenix' bowl, Seal mark and period of Qianlong

Lot 412. A fine wucai 'dragon and phoenix' bowl, Seal mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795); 15.3 cm. Lot sold: 302,400 HKD (Estimate: 100,000 - 150,000 HKD). (C) 2021 Sotheby's Property from a Hong Kong private collection. Provenance: Sotheby's Hong Kong, 24th November 1987, lot 218. Sotheby's. CHINA / 5000 YEARS, Hong Kong, 30 November 2021
22 novembre 2021

A hexagonally lobed wucai 'dragon' box Mark and period of Wanli (1573-1619)

Lot 361. A hexagonally lobed wucai 'dragon' box Mark and period of Wanli (1573-1619); Height 11.5 cm, 4½ in. Lot sold: 10,080 GBP (Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000 GBP). (C) 2021 Sotheby's brightly painted and enamelled to each face with a scaly ferocious dragon in pursuit of a flaming pearl, all above rocks and foaming waves and below a foliate scroll band, the base inscribed with the six-character mark in under-glaze blue within a double circle. Provenance: Acquired in 1983. Sotheby's. Two... [Lire la suite]
13 novembre 2021

A metal-mounted wucai sweetmeat box, The porcelain mark and period of Wanli, the European mounts later

  Lot 313. A metal-mounted wucai sweetmeat box, The porcelain mark and period of Wanli, the European mounts later; Diameter including mount 23.5 cm, 9¼ in. Lot sold: 6,930 GBP (Estimate: 5,000 - 8,000 GBP). (C) 2021 Sotheby's the interior modelled with a central floral compartment encircled by six radiating sections, each painted with pairs of birds, perched and in flight, on fruiting trees issuing from rockwork, the exterior similarly decorated above a classic... [Lire la suite]
13 novembre 2021

A wucai sleeve vase, 17th century

Lot 301. A wucai sleeve vase, 17th century. Height 37 cm, 14½ in.. Lot sold: 22,680 GBP (Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 GBP). (C) 2021 Sotheby's the cylindrical body rising from a flat base to a short waisted neck and everted rim, brightly painted and enamelled around the exterior with Shoulao descending on a crane towards a group of Immortals standing in a fenced garden, all below fruiting peach sprays at the neck. Sotheby's. Two Americans in Paris, The Collection of Sam and Myrna... [Lire la suite]

02 novembre 2021

A rare wucai 'figural' jar and cover, Mark and period of Kangxi (1662-1722)

Lot 13. A rare wucai 'figural' jar and cover, Mark and period of Kangxi (1662-1722); 22 cm. Lot sold: 1,890,000 HKD (Estimate: 800,000 - 1,200,000 HKD). © Sotheby's 2021 vibrantly painted around the exterior of the vessel on one side with six officials visiting a seated dignitary and a lady in an open courtyard with rockwork and pine shrubs, the reverse with mountainous cliffs, pine trees and cloud scrolls, the base inscribed with a six-character reign mark within a double... [Lire la suite]
12 octobre 2021

A wucai 'dragon and phoenix' bowl, Daoguang six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1821-1850)

Lot 819. A wucai 'dragon and phoenix' bowl, Daoguang six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1821-1850); 6 ¼ in. (15.9 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000. Price realised USD 40,000. © Christie's 2021 The bowl is decorated on the exterior with two descending phoenixes between green and iron-red five-clawed dragons pursuing flaming pearls amidst flower sprigs, below a band of Buddhist emblems alternating with ruyi heads joined by a blue line. The... [Lire la suite]
08 octobre 2021

A rare wucai 'hunting' bowl, Mark and period of Kangxi (1662-1722)

Lot 133. A rare wucai 'hunting' bowl, Mark and period of Kangxi (1662-1722). Diameter 8¼ in., 21 cm . Estimate: 8,000 - 12,000 USD. Lot sold: 50,400 USD. © Sotheby's 2021 the gently rounded sides resting on a straight foot and sweeping to a delicately everted rim, the exterior painted with a continuous hunting scene with one group of courtiers pursuing a fox with hounds and another group having just shot a bird with an arrow, the interior painted with a... [Lire la suite]
19 septembre 2021

A large wucai 'dragon' jardinière, Mark and period of Wanli (1573-1620)

Lot 88. A large wucai 'dragon' jardinière, Mark and period of Wanli (1573-1620). Diameter 22⅜ in., 56.9 cm. Estimate: 60,000 - 80,000 USD. Lot sold: 113,400 USD. © Sotheby's 2021 the deep sides tapering slightly towards the base and rising to a galleried rim, boldly painted with two five-clawed dragons striding above a lotus pond, each with a serpentine scaly body emitting flame wisps, a spiky ridged spine, and sharp talons, the pond teeming... [Lire la suite]