14 février 2017

Sotheby's unveils Asia Week New York auctions and exhibitions

An Exceptionally Rare and Large Fine Blue and White Reserve-Decorated ‘Peony’ Dish, Xuande Mark and Period. Estimate $1/1.5 million. Photo: Courtesy Sotheby’s. NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s Asian Art Division is delighted to unveil its March auction schedule, coinciding with the city-wide initiative, Asia Week New York. With all exhibitions open to the public from 9 March and continuing through 18 March, York Avenue will offer visitors a taste of the continent of Asia – from China to India, Pakistan to Japan – through... [Lire la suite]

05 février 2017

Under the Deep Blue Sea: Unearthing history with the 'Nanking Cargo'

 Four blue and white porcelain cups and saucers from the Nanking Cargo.  ATLANTA, GA.- When the Geldermalsen ship crashed into a reef and sank in the South China Sea during its return journey to the Netherlands in January of 1752, it claimed the lives of eighty crew members who went down with the vessel’s precious cargo of tea, textiles, gold, silk, lacquer, and porcelain. As part of the fleet of the powerful Dutch East India Company commissioned for the Zeeland division, the loss of the mighty Geldermalsen hardly... [Lire la suite]
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21 janvier 2017

Chinese blue and white huqqa base made for the Indian market, China, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Chinese blue and white huqqa base made for the Indian market, China, Kangxi period (1662-1722), 20cm high. Amir Mohtashemi Ltd at Brafa Art Fair, Brussels, 21-29 january 2017. The compressed globular body of Indian form, painted in underglaze blue with three panels of depictions of Chinese antiques decorated on a cracked ice and prunus background. The neck and cup also painted with a cracked ice and prunus ground with an unglazed and rounded base. The form of this huqqa base derives from 17th century Indian... [Lire la suite]
21 janvier 2017

Blue and white ewer, China, Ming Dynasty, Jiajing Period with apocryphal four-character Xuande mark

Blue and white ewer, China, Ming Dynasty, Jiajing Period with apocryphal four-character Xuande mark, 24cm high. Amir Mohtashemi Ltd at Brafa Art Fair, Brussels, 21-29 january 2017. The flattened pear-shaped body is painted with cobalt blue lotus scrolls on a white ground. Each side of the ewer is decorated with three floral sprays on a scrolled leafy ground on a central tear-shaped raised panel. Upright leaves are painted on the tapered neck with a diamond-pattern band set below the neck. The curved spout is... [Lire la suite]
14 janvier 2017

A large Chinese blue and white porcelain jar and cover, 17th Century

Lot 191. A large Chinese blue and white porcelain jar and cover, 17th Century. Estimate 3,000 — 5,000 GBP. Sold 5,625 GBP. Photo Sotheby’s. of baluster form, the exterior decorated with four oval cartouches variously enclosing figures at leisure, scholars and attendants, and a boy sitting on a water buffalo and playing a flute in a landscape, divided by a band of mountainous landscape, all reserved on meandering floral scrolls, the rim and foot with floral bands, surmounted by a domed cover painted with... [Lire la suite]
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14 janvier 2017

A silver-gilt mounted blue and white tankard. The porcelain: Chinese, 17th Century; The mounts: European, 17th Century

Lot 233. A silver-gilt mounted blue and white tankard. The porcelain: Chinese, 17th Century; The mounts: European, 17th Century. Estimate 2,500 — 3,500 GBP. Sold 25,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby’s. the pear-shaped body rising from a straight foot to a waisted neck gently flaring at the rim, set on one side with a loop handle, the exterior brightly painted with rectangular panels enclosing birds and flowers, all divided by beribboned tassels and below a lappet band, the rim encircled by a band of floral... [Lire la suite]

14 janvier 2017

A rare large blue and white vase with hunting scene, Early Kangxi period, circa 1680

Lot 3586. A rare large blue and white vase with hunting scene, Early Kangxi period, circa 1680. Estimate $25,000 – $35,000. Price Realized $35,000. Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2015 The vase is decorated on the body with an action-filled scene of a mother, Cai Wenji, holding an infant and seated within a curtained tent as two barbarians kneel before her. Outside the tent huntsmen on horseback pursue a small hare as another huntsman successfully shoots a goose with an arrow above. A four-character illegible... [Lire la suite]
14 janvier 2017

A blue and white kendi, Chongzhen period circa 1643

Lot 3515. A blue and white kendi, Chongzhen period circa 1643. Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 7,000. Price realised USD 6,000. Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2015 The globular pouring vessel has a lobed body, domed spout and a tall, cylindrical neck that flares toward the top and recedes to the smaller circular mouth. The body is decorated with panels of birds and flowers, beneath a band of small fruit medallions on a diaper ground on the shoulder and tall pointed leaves encircling the neck. 9 ¼ in. (23.3... [Lire la suite]
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12 janvier 2017

A small blue and white baluster vase, Early Kangxi period, circa 1670

Lot 3572. A small blue and white baluster vase, Early Kangxi period, circa 1670. Estimate $15,000 – $18,000. Price Realized $21,250. Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2015 The small high-shouldered vase, with slender neck and flaring mouth, is decorated with a scene from The Water Margin, depicting Huyan Zhuo and Wu Song combating each other with a sword and a whip. Each figure is accompanied by an identifying inscription, all between decorative bands and small flowers on the neck. The base bears an apocryphal... [Lire la suite]
11 janvier 2017

A large blue and white ‘Immortals’ bowl, Shunzhi period, circa 1650

Lot 3559. A large blue and white ‘Immortals’ bowl, Shunzhi period, circa 1650. Estimate $12,000 – $18,000. Price Realized $12,500. Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2015 The shallow bowl is decorated on the exterior with a mountainous river landscape scene including the Eight Daoist Immortals with their attributes beneath swirling clouds, and the Star God Shoulao seated beside a deer and a smoldering censer with an attendant nearby. The interior is decorated with a small landscape medallion. The base bears a... [Lire la suite]