26 novembre 2019

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

Lot 5. A rare blue and white 'lotus' meiping, Ming dynasty, Yongle period (1403-1424); 24.5 cm, 9 5/8  in. Estimate 400,000 — 600,000 HKD. Lot Sold 1,000,000 HKD (127,710 USD). © Sotheby's. of baluster form rising to a short everted neck, finely painted in shaded tones of cobalt blue with characteristic ‘heaping and piling’ with three lotus blooms and attendant buds among scrolling foliage, all between a band of detached lotus sprays around the foot and a classic scroll... [Lire la suite]

12 novembre 2019

A rare tianbai-glazed incised ‘bajixiang’ monk's cap ewer, sengmaohu, Yongle period (1403-1424)

Lot 2921. A rare tianbai-glazed incised ‘bajixiang’ monk's cap ewer, sengmaohu, Yongle period (1403-1424); 7 ¾ in. (19.5 cm.) high. Estimate HKD 1,500,000 - HKD 2,500,000 (USD 192,597 - USD 320,995). Price realised HKD 1,875,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.  The moon flask is sturdily potted with a flattened octagonal body raised on a tapered foot and rising to a cylindrical neck flanked by a pair of openwork archaistic handles. The vase is covered under an even crackled glaze... [Lire la suite]
24 octobre 2019

A rare inscribed white 'monk's cap' ewer, Yongle period (1403-1424)

Lot 51 A rare inscribed white 'monk's cap' ewer, Yongle period (1403-1424); 8 ¼ in. (21 cm.) high. Estimate GBP 60,000 - GBP 80,000 (USD 77,820 - USD 103,760). Price realised GBP 100,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2019 The ewer is elegantly potted with a bulbous body raised on a short splayed foot, below a curved handle with a ruyi-head tab, all decorated in a soft white glaze, tianbaiyou. The neck, shoulder and lower body above the foot are decorated with incised foliate patterns, and... [Lire la suite]
22 septembre 2019

A fine and rare early Ming blue and white 'Lotus bouquet' dish, Yongle period (1403-1424)

Lot 1735. A fine and rare early Ming blue and white 'Lotus bouquet' dish, Yongle period (1403-1424); 15 in. (38 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 2,000,000 - HKD 3,000,000. Price realised HKD 4,207,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2007 Painted in strong tones on the interior with a bouquet of lotus flowers, seed pod and leaves, and other aquatic plants tied together with a fluttering ribbon, encircled by three concentric rings and a composite floral scroll around the cavetto below a wave band, the exterior with a... [Lire la suite]
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]