03 décembre 2018

An agate 'Lotus' washer, Qing dynasty, 19th century

Lot 12. An agate 'Lotus' washer, Qing dynasty, 19th century; 10.4 cm, 41⁄8 in. Estimate: 8,000-12,000 HKD. Lot sold 35,000 HKD (4,475 USD). © Sotheby's. naturalistically carved as a large lotus leaf borne on stems issuing flowers and a lotus pod around the exterior, detailed with a small frog and a conch shell on top, wood stand. Provenance: Collection of Emil Hultmark (1872-1943), and thence by descent in the family. Exhibited: Emil Hultmarks... [Lire la suite]

05 octobre 2018

A superbly carved and rare lobed agate bowl, Qing dynasty, Kangxi–Yongzheng period (1662-1735)

Lot 3605. A superbly carved and rare lobed agate bowl, Qing dynasty, Kangxi–Yongzheng period (1662-1735); 18.5 cm, 7 1/4  in. Estimate: 800,000-1,000,000 HKD. Lot sold 1,250,000 HKD (159,450 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's. the luminous stone with natural swirls and ripples of scarlet red and yellow on a translucent ground, exquisitely carved with shallow rounded sides elegantly rising from a short foot to a rim divided into eight lobes meticulously accentuated with subtle yet defined ridges and... [Lire la suite]
02 mai 2018

An agate 'shou vase' recumbent chimera, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Lot 365. An agate 'shou vase' recumbent chimera, Qianlong period (1736-1795); 16cm high. Estimate HK$40,000 - 60,000. Sold for HK$ 437,500 (€ 46,149). © Bonhams 2001-2018   Its elongated neck with head turned right looking backwards, with a single horn and flowing mane at the back of the head, the muscular body wearing a cloud-scroll-design cloth saddle and surmounted by a baluster vase with chi dragon handles, each side decorated with a shou character medallion encircled... [Lire la suite]
15 janvier 2018

An agate brushwasher, Qing dynasty, 18th century

Lot 3156. An agate brushwasher, Qing dynasty, 18th century; 13 cm., 5 1/8  in. Estimate 180,000 — 250,000 HKD. Lot sold 225,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's 2013 carved in the form of a furled vine leaf with two squirrels set on the rim and two birds and a butterfly perched on its sides, detailed with incised veins, attendant leaves and undulating stems bearing riped grapes picked out with fine russet specks, the pale brown translucent stone mottled... [Lire la suite]
28 août 2017

Achaemenid Gold Bracelet with Inlaid Termini in the Form of Duck's Heads, mid-6th-4th century B.C.E.

Achaemenid Gold Bracelet with Inlaid Termini in the Form of Duck's Heads, mid-6th-4th century B.C.E. Gold with lapis lazuli, agate, and carnelian inlay, W. 8 cm. © Miho Museum The massive bracelet is more or less a smaller, simplified version of catalogue number 40. The ducks are reduced to protomes with their heads turned back in a typical Achaemenid fashion.1 The bracelet is constructed of hollow gold tubing, and the duck protomes were formerly elaborately inlayed with colored stones. One duck bill is made of agate, the other of... [Lire la suite]
10 février 2017

A carved agate snuff bottle, 1760-1840

Lot 456. A carved agate snuff bottle, 1760-1840. Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 7,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 The bottle is of light honey-brown color and carved on one side with a horse tied to a hitching post beneath a banner with the four characters jun de liang cai, referring to the handsomeness and great qualities of the horse, the design using the orange-russet markings in the stone as highlights. 2 ½ in. (6.3 cm.) high, glass stopper Provenance: Robert Kleiner, Belfont Company... [Lire la suite]
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10 février 2017

A carved agate snuff bottle, 1780-1850

Lot 355. A carved agate snuff bottle, 1780-1850. Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 7,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 The bottle is finely carved through variously colored markings of the semi-transparent brownish-grey stone with a spider lowering itself towards rocks from a peach-laden branch on one side, while a long-tailed bird perches beside another peach borne on a branch on the reverse. 2 in. (5.1 cm.) high, glass stopper Provenance: Asian Art Studio, Los Angeles, 2011.Ruth and Carl Barron... [Lire la suite]
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09 février 2017

Four agate snuff bottles, 1740-1860

Lot 409. Four agate snuff bottles, 1740-1860. Estimate USD  5,500 - USD 7,500 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 The first, 1750-1840, is well-hollowed and of light brown color with dark brown branch-like patterns in the stone, and has mask-and-ring handles carved on the narrow sides. The second, 1740-1860, is of diminutive size with dark brown markings. The third, 1750-1860, is centered on one side with a red formation in the stone resembling cascading foliage surrounded by white and grey bands. The fourth,... [Lire la suite]
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08 janvier 2017

A rare agate 'double ram' cup, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Lot 3769. A rare agate 'double ram' cup, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722). Estimate 700,000 — 900,000 HKD. Lot sold 875,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's.  naturalistically carved and skilfully hollowed to the interior in the form of a recumbent ram with its head turned backwards, its young resting by its side whilst suspending a sprig in its mouth, both animals detailed with ruyi-shaped tails, the opaque stone of a variegated warm amber tone, wood stand - 9.6 cm., 3 3/4 ... [Lire la suite]
15 décembre 2016

Neuf anneaux en agate, Dynastie des Zhou Orientaux, ca. VE-IIIE siècle avant J.-C.

Lot 68. Neuf anneaux en agate, Dynastie des Zhou Orientaux, ca. VE-IIIE siècle avant J.-C. Estimate 10,000 — 15,000 €. Lot sold 60,000 €. Photo: Sotheby's. un petit en cornaline rouge et grise, un aux faces bombées en agate gris pâle translucide tachée de rouille et de brun, un aux bords arrondis en agate jaune pâle tachée de brun rougeâtre, une en agate translucide grise aux bords facetés, un large en agate vert mousse, un en agate tranluscide brun clair, un petit en agate... [Lire la suite]