31 mai 2019

A blue and white early-Ming foliate-rim dish, Yongle period (1403-1424) 

Lot 2813. A blue and white early-Ming foliate-rim dish, Yongle period (1403-1424); 12 ½ in. (31.8 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 1,600,000 - HKD 2,600,000. Price realised HKD 2,000,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019 The dish has a foliate rim and rests on a circular slanting foot. The centre is painted with a mixed floral scroll with five blooms, with tree peony in the centre and lotus, hibiscus, camellia and gardenia around it, and sprays of lotus, morning glory, hibiscus, pomegranate,... [Lire la suite]

07 mars 2019

A large white-glazed anhua-decorated deep bowl, lianziwan, Yongle period (1403-1424)

Lot 1625. A large white-glazed anhua-decorated deep bowl, lianziwan, Yongle period (1403-1424); 8 1/8 in. (20.6 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019 The bowl is finely potted with deep rounded sides finely incised on the exterior with a band of leafy scroll alternately bearing chrysanthemum and camellia blossoms below a key-fret border at the rim. The center of the interior is decorated with a chrysanthemum sprig below a band of lotus petals that rise towards a frieze of stylized waves... [Lire la suite]
28 février 2019

The Asahi Shimbun Displays 'Feeding history: the politics of food'

Wooden model group of a butcher’s shop, Deir el-Bersha, Egypt, Middle Kingdom period. © the Trustees of the British Museum. LONDON.- The British Museum’s new Asahi Shimbun display will explore the relationship between food, power and control through a focussed selection of objects. More food is being produced than ever before, but hunger remains one of the biggest threats to society today – in 2017, the United Nations estimated that around one in nine people... [Lire la suite]
26 septembre 2018

A rare and brilliantly painted blue and white barbed 'floral' charger, Ming dynasty, Yongle period (1403-1424)

Lot 140. A rare and brilliantly painted blue and white barbed 'floral' charger, Ming dynasty, Yongle period (1403-1424); 38 cm, 15 in. Estimate 2,500,000 — 3,500,000 HKD (318,500 - 445,900 USD). Lot Sold 3,240,000 HKD (413,294 USD). Photo: Sotheby's. with shallow rounded sides divided into twelve bracket foliations, rising from a short circular tapered foot to a barbed everted rim, exquisitely painted in shades of cobalt blue with 'heaping and piling', the interior with a central... [Lire la suite]
26 septembre 2018

A fine and extremely rare blue and white conical 'rose' bowl, Ming dynasty, Yongle period (1403-1424)

Lot 105. A fine and extremely rare blue and white conical 'rose' bowl, Ming dynasty, Yongle period (1403-1424); 20 cm, 7 7/8  in. Estimate 3,000,000 — 4,000,000 HKD (382,200 - 509,600 USD). Lot Sold 4,680,000 HKD (596,981 USD). Photo: Sotheby's. superbly potted in conical form, the wide flaring sides rising from a straight foot, delicately painted in soft cobalt-blue tones with characteristic 'heaping and piling' effect, depicting flowering and budding roses borne on a leafy meander... [Lire la suite]
26 septembre 2018

An outstanding and rare blue and white 'rosette' moonflask, bianhu, Ming dynasty, Yongle period

Lot 122. An outstanding and rare blue and white 'rosette' moonflask, bianhu, Ming dynasty, Yongle period (1403-1424); 31.5 cm, 12 1/2  in. Estimate 7,000,000 — 9,000,000 HKD (891,800 - 1,146,600 USD). Lot Sold 12,720,000 HKD (1,622,563 USD). 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... [Lire la suite]

26 septembre 2018

Two masterpieces from the Collection of Sir Quo-Wei Lee at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 3 october 2018

Sir Quo-Wei Lee Sir Q.W. Lee was undoubtedly one of the most remarkable bankers, philanthropists and collectors of his generation. To be taken under his wing in all of these important areas was one of the greatest blessings of my life. Although the Lee and Lam families had had a close relationship for over seven decades, it was not until the passing of my husband, Paulo Lam Sou-Leung, that I developed a more personal relationship with Sir Q.W. and his family. Sir Q.W. encouraged me to join the Hang Seng Bank after I qualified as a... [Lire la suite]
08 septembre 2018

Heritage Auctions returns to 'Asia Week' in New York with Fine & Decorative Asian Art Auction

Lot 78336. A Rare and Important Tibetan Thangka Depicting Two Sakya Lineage Holders, Central Tibet, 13th-14th century. Distemper/mineral pigment on cloth. Framed dimensions 42 x 35-3/4 inches. Estimate: $200,000 - $250,000. Unsold. NEW YORK, NY.- A Rare and Important Tibetan Thangka Depicting Two Sakya Lineage Holders, Central Tibet, 13th-14th century is expected to claim top-lot honors in Heritage Auctions’ Fine & Decorative Asian Art Auction Sept. 11 in New York. The projected top lot is one of... [Lire la suite]
04 septembre 2018

A rare blue and white 'Rosette' moonflask, Ming dynasty, Yongle period (1403-1424)

Lot 176. A rare blue and white 'Rosette' moonflask, Ming dynasty, Yongle period (1403-1424). Height 10 3/8  in., 26.3 cm. Estimate 80,000 — 120,000 USD. Lot sold 300,000 USD. © Sotheby's. elegantly potted with a flattened spherical body rising to a waisted neck and a pear-shaped upper bulb, set with two strap handles accentuated by a central raised ridge and a leaf-shaped terminal, the domed circular front and back deftly painted in tones of deep cobalt with a formal... [Lire la suite]
17 juin 2018

A fine and very rare early Ming tianbai-glazed stembowl, Yongle period (1403-1424)

Lot 3822. A fine and very rare early Ming tianbai-glazed stembowl, Yongle period (1403-1424); 6 in. (15.2 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 700,000 - HKD 900,000. Price Realized HKD 860,000. © Christie's Images Ltd. 2011 The bowl is finely potted with deep rounded sides flaring at the rim and supported on a slightly splayed hollow stem base, covered overall with an even milky-white transparent glaze, box. Provenance: Christie's Hong Kong, 27 October 2003, lot 607. Note: The soft, unctuous,... [Lire la suite]