02 avril 2014

A rare set of 'Qiangjin' lacquer sutra covers, Ming dynasty, Yongle period

A rare set of 'Qiangjin' lacquer sutra covers, Ming dynasty, Yongle period. Photo Sotheby's of rectangular section, each with a recessed horizontal panel set within a raised framed, finely incised and gilt in the qiangjin technique with a central canopied vase issuing a flaming cintamani emblem and leafy scrolls, each wreathing one of the bajixiang, one cover with the Wheel of Law (fa lun), the Parasol (gai), the Twin Fish (yu) and the Vase (guan), the other with Standard of Victory (san), the Conch (luo), the Lotus (hehua) and... [Lire la suite]
29 mars 2014

A fine and rare blue and white ‘Fruit’ meiping, Ming dynasty, Yongle period

A fine and rare blue and white ‘Fruit’ meiping, Ming dynasty, Yongle period. Photo: Sotheby's. superbly potted with full rounded shoulders rising at a gently flaring angle from the base and sweeping to a short waisted neck, well painted in a lively style in washes of cobalt, the sides with a wide band of six fruit sprays arranged in an alternating double register, the upper register showing detached peach, pomegranate and crab apple, the lower register with lychee, loquat and cherry, the leafy branches further issuing small... [Lire la suite]

29 mars 2014

A blue and white 'Lotus Bouquet' dish, Ming dynasty, Yongle period

A blue and white 'Lotus Bouquet' dish, Ming dynasty, Yongle period. Photo: Sotheby's. superbly potted with shallow rounded sides rising from a tapered foot, decorated on the interior in deep cobalt blue with a medallion enclosing a ribbon-tied bouquet of lotus flowers and leaves, arrowhead and other waterplants, the medallion encircled with a composite floral scroll of camellia, hibiscus, pomegranate, tree peony, rose, lotus and chrysanthemum, all repeated twice save for the pomegranate, all below a band of 'classic' scroll... [Lire la suite]
26 février 2014

A blue and white barbed rim 'floral scroll' dish, Ming Dynasty, Yongle Period

A blue and white barbed rim 'floral scroll' dish, Ming Dynasty, Yongle Period. Photo Sotheby's the interior freely painted with composite floral scroll in the medallion with aster, pink, mallow, chrysanthemum and lotus blooms around a central camellia, the lobed well with twelve single flower heads each encircled by its leafy stem, the flaring foliate rim with a band of breaking waves, the exterior sides painted with twelve further floral sprays, the base unglazed. Diameter 13 1/4 in., 33.7 cm. Estimation 300,000 — 400,000 USD ... [Lire la suite]
25 février 2014

A white-glazed anhua-decorated stembowl, Ming Dynasty, Yongle Period

A white-glazed anhua-decorated stembowl, Ming Dynasty, Yongle Period. Photo: Sotheby's with deep rounded sides rising to a flared rim, supported on a tall slightly spreading hollow foot, decorated in anhua on the interior with a ruyi in the center and a pair of dragons chasing a 'flaming pearl' around the sides, the exterior plain and covered overall with an even creamy-white glaze. Height 4 3/4 in., 12 cm. Estimation 20,000 — 30,000 USD Provenance: Collection of Peter Scheinman. Christie's New York, 23rd March 1995, lot 94.... [Lire la suite]
29 octobre 2013

An anhua and incised white-glazed bowl, lianzi wan, Ming dynasty, Yongle period

An anhua and incised white-glazed bowl, lianzi wan, Ming dynasty, Yongle period. Photo Sotheby's the deep rounded sides supported on a straight foot, decorated in anhua to the interior with a floral medallion, enclosed by radiating stiff petal lappets below a band of breaking waves at the rim, the exterior incised with an undulating floral scroll bearing alternating chrysanthemum and camellia blossoms below a keyfret band, applied overall with a milky-white glaze, Japanese wood box. Quantité: 2 - 21cm., 8... [Lire la suite]


08 octobre 2013

A blue and white 'Floral' bowl, Ming Dynasty, Yongle period

A blue and white 'Floral' bowl, Ming Dynasty, Yongle period. Photo: Sotheby's. finely potted with deep rounded sides rising from a straight foot to a gently everted rim, well painted overall in deep tones of cobalt accented with 'heaping and piling' effect, the interior with a central medallion of lotus among pointed trefoil leaves, enclosed by a composite scroll of lotus, peony, camellia, chrysanthemum and hibiscus encircling the cavetto and a band of florets at... [Lire la suite]
29 septembre 2013

A fine and extremely rare 'Wintergreen' glazed stembowl, Ming Dynasty, Yongle Period

A fine and extremely rare 'Wintergreen' glazed stembowl, Ming Dynasty, Yongle Period. Photo: Sotheby's finely potted, the bowl with steep rounded sides rising to a slightly everted rim, all supported on a splayed hollow stem, delicately applied with a superbly fired flawless, translucent wintergreen glaze of ideal tone, thinning to white at the rim and subtly pooling to a darker shade above the foot, at the joint between the stem and the bowl and just below the rim, the... [Lire la suite]
21 septembre 2013

A fine blue and white barbed 'Flower Scroll' dish

A fine blue and white barbed 'Flower Scroll' dish, Ming Dynasty, Yongle Period. Photo: Sotheby's. the shallow rounded sides divided into twelve bracket foliations, rising from a short circular tapered foot to a barbed everted rim, beautifully painted in graded shades of cobalt accented with 'heaping and piling', the interior with a central peony surrounded by blooms of camellia, rose, lotus and hibiscus, all wreathed by interlocked meandering stems within... [Lire la suite]
21 septembre 2013

A blue and white 'Rosette' moonflask, bianhu, Ming Dynasty, Yongle Period

A blue and white 'Rosette' moonflask, bianhu, Ming Dynasty, Yongle Period. Photo: Sotheby's. modelled after a Middle Eastern metal prototype, the flattened spherical body rising to a waisted neck and a small bulb-shaped mouth, set with two elegantly arched strap handles ending in a leaf-shaped terminal, freely painted in deep tones of cobalt accented with 'heaping and piling', the domed circular front and back with a formal rosette centred by a yin-yangmedallion within a ring of... [Lire la suite]


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