22 septembre 2019

An outstanding and large blue and white 'Indian lotus' fruit bowl, mark and period of Xuande (1426-1435)

Lot 3611. An outstanding and large blue and white 'Indian lotus' fruit bowl, mark and period of Xuande (1426-1435); 29.9 cm, 11 3/4  in. Estimate 8,000,000 — 12,000,000 (1,019,280 - 1,528,920 USD). Unsold. Courtesy Sotheby's. sturdily potted with deep rounded sides resting on a short foot, the exterior superbly painted in rich cobalt-blue tones with eight lotus blooms borne on an undulating scroll bearing furled leaves above a border of upright lappets, all between... [Lire la suite]

22 septembre 2019

An exceptionally rare anhua-decorated blue and white ‘dragon’ stem bowl, Mark and period of Xuande (1426-1435)

Lot 3606. An exceptionally rare anhua-decorated blue and white ‘dragon’ stem bowl, Mark and period of Xuande (1426-1435); d. 15.6 cm, 6 1/8  in. Estimate Upon Request. Lot Sold 74,962,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's.  well potted with deep rounded sides rising to an everted rim supported on a tall hollow foot slightly flaring at the base, the exterior superbly painted in rich cobalt-blue tones with a pair of scaly five-clawed dragons soaring sinuously, one with its head... [Lire la suite]
22 septembre 2019

An exceptionally rare and important blue and white reverse-decorated ‘pomegranate’ dish, Mark and period of Xuande (1426-1435)

Lot 1001. An exceptionally rare and important blue and white reverse-decorated ‘pomegranate’ dish, Mark and period of Xuande (1426-1435); 29.5 cm, 11 5/8  in. Estimate HKD 25,000,000 — 30,000,000 (3,188,000 - 3,825,600 USD). Unsold. Courtesy Sotheby's. well potted with shallow rounded sides rising from a short tapering foot to an everted rim, the decoration all reserved in white against a rich sacrificial blue glaze, the interior centred with a large... [Lire la suite]
22 septembre 2019

A very rare anhua-decorated Ming blue and white 'fish' dish, Xuande six-character mark within double circles and of the period (

Lot 558. A very rare anhua-decorated Ming blue and white 'fish' dish, Xuande six-character mark within double circles and of the period (1426-1435); 8 3/8 in. (21.3 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 600,000 - HKD 800,000. Price realised HKD 1,119,100. © Christie's Image Ltd 2002 The dish is well potted and finely painted with characteristic 'heaping and piling', the central medallion featuring a lotus pond scene with two fish swimming among aquatic plants, the mouth rim encircled by a wave band and the exterior... [Lire la suite]
21 septembre 2019

A fine and rare early Ming blue and white lianzi bowl, Yongle period (1403-1425)

Lot 560. A fine and rare early Ming blue and white lianzi bowl, Yongle period (1403-1425); 4 in. (10.3 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 900,000 - HKD 1,200,000. Price realised HKD 1,174,100. © Christie's Image Ltd 2002 Thinly potted in a rounded conical shape, the exterior is painted in deep violet-blue tones with elongated lappets interlinked with delicate pomegranate silhouettes enclosing trefoils, below a key-fret band at the rim, the interior centred with a stylised floral motif encircled by... [Lire la suite]
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21 septembre 2019

A blue and white 'Lotus bouquet' charger, Ming dynasty, Yongle period (1403-1425)

Lot 129. A blue and white 'Lotus bouquet' charger, Ming dynasty, Yongle period (1403-1425); 34.6 cm, 13 5/8  in. Estimate 1,800,000 — 2,500,000 HKD (230,148 - 319,650 USD). Lot Sold 3,750,000 HKD (477,488 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's. with shallow rounded sides resting on a short gently tapered foot, superbly decorated on the interior in deep cobalt blue with a medallion enclosing a ribbon-tied bouquet of lotus flowers and leaves, arrowhead and other... [Lire la suite]

21 septembre 2019

A fine and extremely rare blue and white conical 'rose' bowl, Ming dynasty, Yongle period (1403-1425)

Lot 113. A fine and extremely rare blue and white conical 'rose' bowl, Ming dynasty, Yongle period (1403-1425); 19.9 cm, 7 3/4  in. Estimate 2,500,000 — 3,500,000 HKD (319,650 - 447,510 USD). Lot Sold 7,135,000 HKD (908,500 USD). Courtesy 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... [Lire la suite]
21 septembre 2019

A finely painted blue and white barbed 'Floral' charger, Ming dynasty, Yongle period (1403-1425)

Lot 102. A finely painted blue and white barbed 'Floral' charger, Ming dynasty, Yongle period (1403-1425); 38 cm, 15 in. Estimate 1,500,000 — 2,000,000 HKD (191,790 - 255,720 USD). Lot Sold 3,625,000 HKD (461,571 USD). Courtesy 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]
21 septembre 2019

A fine and rare blue and white 'Three Friends of Winter' jar, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368)

Lot 606. A fine and rare blue and white  'Three Friends of Winter' jar, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368); 6 3/4 in. (17.2 cm.) high. Estimate HKD 250,000 - HKD 300,000. Price realised HKD 501,900. © Christie's Image Ltd 2002 The jar is well painted with a central frieze depicting the 'Three Friends of Winter', prunus, bamboo and pine, between a lappet band above the foot and a chrysanthemum scroll around the shoulder, all covered in a blue-tinged glaze. Note: This small jar is decorated with a... [Lire la suite]
21 septembre 2019

A rare blue and white 'Heavenly Horse' jar, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368)

Lot 3006. A rare blue and white 'Heavenly Horse' jar, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368); 37.9 cm, 14 7/8  in. Estimate 2,200,000 — 2,800,000 HKD (280,478 - 356,972 USD). Unsold. Courtesy Sotheby's. robustly potted with a baluster body sweeping up to a broad shoulder surmounted by a constricted neck and galleried rim, the body divided into two main registers, the upper register decorated in rich cobalt-blue tones with six large pendent ruyi motifs, each enclosing a... [Lire la suite]