22 mai 2015

A rare large blue and white 'floral scroll' dish, Yongle period

A rare large blue and white 'floral scroll' dish, Yongle period (1403-1425). Estimate HK$ 2.5 million - 4 million (€290,000 - 460,000). Photo: Bonhams. With rounded sides supported on a tapered low foot rising to a slightly flaring rim, the interior exquisitely decorated with a central medallion enclosing interlocking floral scrolls bearing camellia and peony blossoms and buds, encircled with a composite floral scroll bearing eleven evenly-spaced flowers, the rim with a band of braking and crashing waves,... [Lire la suite]

22 avril 2015

Low table (or footrest), Ming Dynasty, Yongle period

Low table (or footrest), Ming Dynasty, Yongle period. Red cinnabar on a yellow background, brownish black lacquer, 14.9 x 52.8 x 20.7 cm. Ident.Nr. 1978-3. Collection: Museum of Asian Art © Photo: Museum of Asian Art, the National Museums in Berlin - Prussian Cultural Heritage. The low table with floral decoration is one of the masterpieces of Chinese Schnitzlackarbeiten the early Ming period and comes without doubt from the imperial workshops, as two closely related pieces testify in the collection of the Palace Museum in... [Lire la suite]
18 mars 2015

More than $5.7 million realized at Bonhams' Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Art Auction

  A gilt copper alloy deity from a Vajrabhairava shrine, Yongle period, 15th century. Sold for: $893,000. Photo: Bonhams. NEW YORK, NY.- Bonhams’ Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian auction on March 16 fetched a total of $5.73 million. Himalayan Works of Art were hotly contested and top quality works in every section achieved high prices in the packed standing-room-only sales room. The highest-selling lot of the evening was a 15th century gilt copper alloy deity from a Vajrabhairava shrine, which sold for... [Lire la suite]
16 mars 2015

A carved 'Longquan' deep bowl, Ming Dynasty, Yongle period

A carved 'Longquan' deep bowl, Ming Dynasty, Yongle period. Estimate 50,000 — 70,000 USD. Photo Sotheby's the heavily potted U-form bowl with deep rounded sides resting on a low foot, carved on the interior with a central medallion of a flowering branch, the sides with eight detached flower sprays beneath a band of scrollwork around the rim, the exterior carved with a continuous band of peonies, the base with a burnt orange ring, lacquer cover, japanese wood box and cover (4) - Diameter 7... [Lire la suite]
14 mars 2015

A large white-glazed porcelain dish, Yongle period (1403-1425)

A large white-glazed porcelain dish, Yongle period (1403-1425). Estimate $40,000 – $60,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015 The dish is well potted with rounded sides rising from the circular foot to a slightly lipped rim, and is covered inside and out with a thick white glaze. The base is unglazed. 15 7/8 in. (40.5 cm) diam. Provenance: Hal B. Wallis (1898-1986) Collection. Notes: Compare the similar dish of slightly smaller size (15 1/8 in.) illustrated by J. Ayers, Chinese Ceramics: The Koger... [Lire la suite]
03 mars 2015

The Mahin Banu ‘Grape’ dish: a magnificent and storied blue and white dish, Ming dynasty, Yongle period, circa 1420

  The Mahin Banu ‘Grape’ dish: a magnificent and storied blue and white dish, Ming dynasty, Yongle period, circa 1420. Estimate 2,500,000 — 3,500,000 USD. Photo Sotheby's. NEW YORK, NY.- In circa 1420 craftsmen from the village of Jingdezhen in Jiangxi province created a magnificent blue and white dish which would become known as The Mahin Banu ‘Grape’ Dish. The piece has passed through some of the most distinguished collections ever assembled and now appears in the Important Chinese Works Of Art sale... [Lire la suite]


02 mars 2015

A rare white 'Monk's Cap' ewer incised with Tibetan inscription, Ming dynasty, Yongle period

A rare white 'Monk's Cap' ewer incised with Tibetan inscription, Ming dynasty, Yongle period. Estimate 100,000 — 150,000 USD. Photo Sotheby's. the globular body supported on a low splayed foot, with channeled spout flaring neck and stepped collar and a small loop inside for attachment to a cover, the curved strap handle with a ruyi-head tab, the tall neck, shoulder and area above the foot incised with lotus and lingzhi motifs, the center of the body incised with... [Lire la suite]
23 février 2015

Freeman's March 14 Asian Arts Auction to offer important imperial works

A heavily cast gilt-bronze bell, bianzhong, Qing dynasty (1644-1911), estimate $100,000-150,000. Photo Freeman's. PHILADELPHIA, PA.- Freeman’s Asian Arts March 14 auction will offer an array of important and historic imperial works of art spanning several centuries that promises to attract the interest of serious collectors. The 652 lot sale will commence at 10am on March 14 in Philadelphia before the start of New York Asia Week.  One of the highlights from the auction is lot 65, a heavily cast gilt-bronze... [Lire la suite]
13 août 2014

Yongle Blue-and-White Porcelains at the Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka

Blue-and-White Charger with Peony Design, Ming Dynasty, Yongle Period (1403-1424), d.44.7cm. Gift of SUMITOMO Group, the ATAKA Collection. The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka. © 2009 The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka. The central field of this plate depicts, within double circles, two peonies freely interlaced by scroll-like stems. Nine types of fruit including litchies, pomegranates, loquats and vines are painted in spray style around the rim inside the dish, while the outer surface has pomegranates and scrolls.... [Lire la suite]
12 août 2014

A very rare early Ming tianbai-glazed anhua-decorated meiping, Yongle period (1403-1425)

A very rare early Ming tianbai-glazed anhua-decorated meiping, Yongle period (1403-1425). Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2008 The well-potted body finely incised with a broad frieze of leafy peony scroll bearing four large, full blossoms and subsidiary buds just beginning to open, set between a band of classic scroll below and a ruyi-lappet collar filled with lotus sprays on the shoulder above, all within double line borders, covered with a fine 'sweet white' glaze that continues over the mouth rim, the base and... [Lire la suite]