05 février 2024

'Sacrifice and Warfare: Guide to Ancient Weapons' at National Palace Museum, Taiwan

Artisans who wish to excel at their craft must first sharpen their tools.” From tools for production and hunting to weapons of killing and attacking, from providing for basic needs to determining the outcome of wars, the sharpness of the blade has been the key of weapons as well as a timeless pursuit of human craftsmanship. Initially, humans used stone to make blades, progressively improving blade-making techniques from hastily smashing to meticulous grinding and polishing. Later, with the mastery of revolutionary alloy technology,... [Lire la suite]

30 octobre 2023

A rare agate foliate-shaped cup and stand, Ming Dynasty or earlier

Lot 120. A rare agate foliate-shaped cup and stand, Ming Dynasty or earlier. The cup 11.8cm wide across handles; the stand 15.3cm long (2). Sold for €3,840. Photo Bonhams. Of rectangular shape, with shallow sides rising to a lipped rim, the interior carved through alternating black and red layers of lacquer with a central flowerhead formed by linked 'pommel scroll' motifs encircled by rows of varying 'pommel scrolls', the exterior carved with similar motifs and xiangcao scrolls repeated on the high... [Lire la suite]
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27 septembre 2023

Petite sculpture en agate représentant une oie, Chine, dynastie Yuan (1279-1368) ou Ming (1368-1644)

Lot 1. Chine, dynastie Yuan (1279-1368) ou Ming (1368-1644), Petite sculpture en agate représentant une oie, tête tournée en arrière. L. 3,5 cm. Estimation 500 - 800 EUR. Courtesy De Baecque et Associés. De Baecque et Associés, Collection Serge Le Guennan : La géographie du détail, partie 1. Jeudi 05 Octobre 2023, Salle 1 - Hôtel Drouot.
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02 août 2023

Wine cup of Sultan Husayn-Mirza Bayqara, Historic Iran, Herat, 1470

Wine cup of Sultan Husayn-Mirza Bayqara, Historic Iran, present-day Afghanistan, Herat, 1470. Agate. Lent by the Art and History Collection LTS1995.2.27.
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12 avril 2023

A small carved agate 'basket' bowl, Liao-Song dynasty

Lot 50. A small carved agate 'basket' bowl, Liao-Song dynasty; 7.1cm square; 3.8cm high. Sold for US$8,925 (Estimate US$3.000 - 4.000). © Bonhams 2001-2023 Of shallow form, well-carved inside and out with packed rows imitating a woven basket, the rim rounded with equal segments marked by twin straps, the translucent stone of even icy tone polished to a high gloss. Note: Compare the Song dynasty jade cup imitating a woven basket illustrated by Rawson in Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to... [Lire la suite]
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22 juillet 2021

An agate 'prunus trunk' double vase, Qing dynasty (1644-1911)

Lot 2175. An agate 'prunus trunk' double vase, Qing dynasty (1644-1911); h. 20 cm, wood stand. Estimate: 80,000 - 120,000 HKD. Lot sold: 56,700 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's. Sotheby's. Eclectic, Hong Kong, 14 July 2021
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20 juillet 2021

An agate 'longevity' vase, Qing dynasty

Lot 2063. An agate 'longevity' vase, Qing dynasty; h. 22 cm, wood stand. Estimate: 80,000 - 120,000 HKD. Lot sold: 63,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's. Sotheby's. Chinese Online, including a Private Hong Kong Collection, Hong Kong, 2 July 2021
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15 juillet 2021

An agate figure of a lion, Han dynasty or later

Lot 2037. An agate figure of a lion, Han dynasty or later; 5 cm. Estimate: 1,000 - 2,000 HKD. Lot sold: 30,240 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's. Sotheby's. Eclectic, Hong Kong, 14 July 2021  
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03 juillet 2021

A small agate cup and cup stand, Song dynasty (960-1279)

  Lot 3048. A small agate cup and cup stand, Song dynasty (960-1279); 4 1/4 in., (11 cm.) overall height. Estimate HKD 180,000 - HKD 250,000. Price realised HKD 225,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2021 The cup is of circular shape with thinly carved rounded sides, supported on a short stepped foot of conforming shape. The stand is carved with a circular dish with gently curved sides, surrounding the raised platform in the centre that holds the cup, all above a tall slightly... [Lire la suite]
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07 janvier 2021

A group of twenty-three agate beads, 1st millenium BC or later

Lot 26. A group of twenty-three agate beads, 1st millenium BC or later; Each approx. ¾ in. (1.9 cm.) diam., cloth box. Estimate USD 1,500 - USD 2,500. Price Realised USD 3,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020 The spherical beads are mostly of reddish-orange color, one is of caramel-brown with a patch of grey mottling.Please note this lot is the property of a private individual. Provenance: The Irving Collection, New York, by 1987. Christie's. Art of China. Including Property from the... [Lire la suite]
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