16 novembre 2020

Yixing stoneware from a princely collection sold at Christie's

Lot 148. An Yixing stoneware 'snail and shell' waterpot, signed Chen Mingyuan, early Qing dynasty (1664-1911); 3 ¼ in. (8.5cm.) long. Estimate GBP 20,000 - GBP 40,000. Price realised GBP 25,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020. The vessel is finely modelled in the form of a large shell with a smaller snail crawling up to one side. The naturalistically potted stoneware is decorated in a rich brown tone with incised texture. The underside bears the impressed seal mark. Provenance: Bluett & Sons... [Lire la suite]

30 mai 2020

An archaic jade 'dragon' ornament, xi, Han dynasty (206 BC–220 AD)

Lot 5066. An archaic jade 'dragon' ornament, xi, Han dynasty (206 BC–220 AD); 10.4 cm, 4  in. Estimate 50,000 — 70,000HKD. Sold for 75,000 HKD (8,874 EUR). Courtesy Sotheby's. of flat crescent shape, delicately carved in openwork as a dragon in profile with its head depicted with a circular eye, an open jaw and a curled crest, its body tapering to a backward curving tail, the stone of celadon tone with areas of calcification. Provenance: An important Asian collection,... [Lire la suite]
28 avril 2020

Two small yellow jade plaques, xi, Western Zhou Dynasty (1050-771 BC)

Lot 7. Two small yellow jade plaques, xi, Western Zhou Dynasty (1050-771 BC); 6.5cm (2 1/2in) wide. Estimate HK$ 60,000 - 80,000. Sold for HK$ 225,000 (€ 26,752). Photo: Bonhams. The plaques similarly carved, one larger than the other, each formed as a dragon with a curved shape tapering to a pointed tail, drilled with two holes, both sides carved with the head at one end and incised scrolls on the body, the stone of a pale green-yellow tone with brown inclusions. Bonhams. THE SZE YUAN TANG... [Lire la suite]
28 octobre 2019

A rare Longquan celadon brush washer, xi , Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279)

Lot 19. A rare Longquan celadon brush washer, xi , Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279); 6 ¾ in. (17.2 cm.) diam. Estimate GBP 80,000 - GBP 120,000 (USD 102,800 - USD 154,200). Price realised GBP 323,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.  The washer is finely potted with straight sides rising from a short, tapering foot to an everted, flattened rim that thins towards the edge. It is covered overall with an unctuous glaze of even bluish-green tone that is suffused with a few crackles to the interior and... [Lire la suite]
20 mai 2019

A rare and large cloisonné enamel 'lotus-leaf' brush washer, Xi, 18th century

Lot 114. A rare and large cloisonné enamel 'lotus-leaf' brush washer, Xi, 18th century; 15 ¾ in. (40 cm.) wide. Estimate GBP 30,000 - GBP 50,000. Price realised GBP 37,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.   The impressive washer is fashioned as a broad, deep lotus leaf with its veins finely and naturalistically detailed in shades of green and russet enamels. The long spiralling gilt-bronze stems form the stand, and bear a further folded leaf, a lotus pod, and a blossoming lotus flower with... [Lire la suite]
30 janvier 2019

A Ru-type peach-shaped brushwasher, xi, Yongzheng period (1723-1735)

Lot 2556. A Ru-type peach-shaped brushwasher, xi, Yongzheng period (1723-1735); 6 in. (15.2 cm) across. Estimate HKD 180,000 - HKD 250,000. Price realised HKD 187,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2008. The naturalistically modelled shallow peach-shaped vessel with the stalk, leaves and one small peach forming a handle at one side, covered overall with a thick, opaque grayish-green glaze thinning around the edges of the pointed leaves and gnarled stem to reveal the dark body underneath, the base with... [Lire la suite]

29 octobre 2017

A Guan-type lingzhi brush washer, xi, 18th-19th century

Lot 272. A Guan-type lingzhi brush washer, xi, 18th-19th century. 5 ¾ in. (14.5 cm.) wide. Estimate GBP 4,000 - GBP 6,000 (USD 5,244 - USD 7,866) © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 The shallow washer is smoothly potted as a large lingzhi fungus with low raised curled edges forming the sides of the vessel. A smaller fungus is attached to the crescent-form stem on one side. The piece is covered overall with an unctuous pale grey glaze suffused with dark and russet crackles, the base with spur marks... [Lire la suite]
07 août 2017

Dragon-shaped pendant (xi), China, Warring States Period (approx. 480-221 BCE)

Dragon-shaped pendant (xi), China, Warring States Period (approx. 480-221 BCE). Nephrite. H. 1 3/4 in x L. 6 1/8 in x D. 3/16 in, H. 4.4 cm x L. 15.6 cm x D. .5 cm. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60J663 © 2017 Asian Art Museum Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture. The xi is normally a dragon with a pointed end thought to be the bottom-most piece in the pendant assemblies of the late Spring and Autumn and Warring States periods. Although described as a xi by most experts, this piece may instead... [Lire la suite]
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07 août 2017

Dragon-shaped pendant (xi), China, Warring States Period (approx. 480-221 BCE)

Dragon-shaped pendant (xi), China, Warring States Period (approx. 480-221 BCE). Nephrite. H. 1 1/8 in x W. 2 3/8 in x D. 3/16 in, H. 2.9 cm x W. 6 cm x D. .5 cm. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60J795 © 2017 Asian Art Museum Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture. Chinese experts believe that the xi was the bottom-most part of a pendant enssemble. It is often of smaller scale than the pei and also ends in a point. Due to its function, it only required one suspension point, in this case located near... [Lire la suite]
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09 mai 2016

Brush Washer (Xi) in the Form of a Leaf with Chrysanthemum Spray

Brush Washer (Xi) in the Form of a Leaf with Chrysanthemum Spray, China, Middle Qing dynasty, about 1700-1800, or India, Mughal, about 1625-1630. Abraded jade, 8 x 5 1/4 x 1 7/8 in. (20.32 x 13.34 x 4.76 cm). From the Nasli and Alice Heeramaneck Collection, Museum Associates Purchase (M.76.2.1). © LACMA Bibliography: - Rosenfield, John.  The Arts of India and Nepal: The Nasli and Alice Heeramaneck Collection.  Boston:  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1966. - Kuwayama, George.  Far Eastern... [Lire la suite]