12 août 2017

A Rare Blue and White Pen Box of Islamic Form, China, Late 15th century , Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)

A Rare Blue and White Pen Box of Islamic Form, China, Late 15th century , Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), 26.5cm long (box without mounts). © Amir Mohtashemi Ltd. This rare and unusual blue and white porcelain pen box of slender oval form is painted with scrolling lotus motifs in underglaze blue. The sides of the box are fairly straight with rounded corners. The interior is divided into four compartments; the largest compartment is of mihrab form. One compartment contains a semi-circular metal inset. The other two compartments... [Lire la suite]

11 août 2017

Small blue and white globular porcelain bowl with underglaze blue decoration, Ming dynasty, Xuande period (1426-1435)

Small blue and white globular porcelain bowl with underglaze blue decoration, Ming dynasty, Xuande period (1426-1435). Height: 7.5 cm. Donated by Sir John M Addis, 1975,1028.10 © 2017 Trustees of the British Museum Perfectly ergonomically designed, this globular bowl fits within the curve of the palm of the hand, its sides tapering in at the mouth and its base concave; there is no foot ring. Beneath a blue-white glaze it is painted in dark uneven cobalt with a single chrysanthemum with foliage... [Lire la suite]
11 août 2017

A small blue and white globular bowl, jingshuiwan, Yongle period (1403-1425)

Lot 913. A small blue and white globular bowl, jingshuiwan, Yongle period (1403-1425), 4 in. (10.3 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000. Price realised USD 47,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014 The well-potted jar is decorated around the sides with a continuous band of peony scroll below a narrow band of lotus scroll and above bands of upright petal lappets and classic scroll in rich cobalt blue enhanced by darker 'heaping and piling'. The interior is decorated with a chrysanthemum... [Lire la suite]
11 août 2017

A rare large blue and white ‘fu lu shou’ jar, guan, Jiajing six-character mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1522-1566)

Lot 848. A rare large blue and white ‘fu lu shou’ jar, guan, Jiajing six-character mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1522-1566), 19 in. (49.5 cm.) high. Estimate: USD 30,000 - USD 50,000. Price realised USD 81,250, © Christie's Images Ltd 2014 The heavily-potted body is decorated with prunus, pine and bamboo comprising the ‘Three Friends of Winter,’ their branches twisted to form the characters fu, lu, and shou (‘good fortune, prosperity and longevity’), all between a band of... [Lire la suite]
11 août 2017

A large blue and white cushion-form box and a cover, Wanli six-character mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1573-1619)

Lot 768. A large blue and white cushion-form box and a cover, Wanli six-character mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1573-1619), 10½ in. (26.6 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 70,000 - USD 90,000. Price realised USD 81,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014 Of square form with canted corners, the cover is painted in rich dark blue tones with two five-clawed dragons confronting a central shoucharacter enclosed within a peach raised on a lingzhi fungus stem, all above a terrestrial diagram and within a... [Lire la suite]
11 août 2017

A blue and white pear-shaped ewer, Jiajing-Wanli Period, 16th-17th century

Lot 822. A blue and white pear-shaped ewer, Jiajing-Wanli Period, 16th-17th century, 9 1/8 in. (23.2 cm.) high. Estimate $80,000 – $120,000. Price realised USD 100,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2014 The ewer is decorated on each side with a peach-shaped panel, in one an attendant offers a dish of peaches to Shoulao who holds a ruyi scepter while seated beneath a pine tree, and on the reverse a female attendant presents a large peach to a seated female immortal holding... [Lire la suite]

10 août 2017

A rare blue and white pentafoil basin, Wanli six-character mark within a double circle and of the period (1573-1619)

Lot 819. A rare blue and white pentafoil basin, Wanli six-character mark within a double circle and of the period (1573-1619), 14½ in. (36.8 cm.) wide. Estimate USD 80,000 - USD 120,000. Price Realized USD 125,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014 The deep sides are formed as five petal lobes that rise to a wide, flat rim of conforming shape. The bottom of the interior is decorated with a qilin surrounded by five animals below further mythical beasts in the well and on the rim, all in continuous... [Lire la suite]
10 août 2017

A rare Early Ming blue and white ‘Lotus Bouquet’ dish, Yongle period (1403-1425)

Lot 815. A rare Early Ming blue and white ‘Lotus Bouquet’ dish, Yongle period (1403-1425). Estimate USD 150,000 – USD 200,000. Price Realized USD389,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014 The dish is decorated in rich cobalt blue characteristically ‘heaped and pile’ with a central ribbon-tied lotus plant bouquet incorporating saggitaria and a stalk of millet, encircled by a band of composite foliate scroll composed of thirteen blossoms. A narrow band of classic scroll at the rim is repeated on the exterior above a similar... [Lire la suite]
09 août 2017

A rare blue and white box and cover, Wanli six-character mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1573-1619)

Lot 1575. A rare blue and white box and cover, Wanli six-character mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1573-1619), 10 ¼ in. (26 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 40,000 - USD 60,000. Price realised USD 87,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2016 The domed cover is painted in brilliant shades of cobalt blue with a dignitary seated before a screen in a walled garden in discussion with two scholars and flanked by attendants, all within a raised medallion. The rounded sides are decorated with four shaped panels containing... [Lire la suite]
09 août 2017

A large blue and white fish bowl, Jiajing six-character mark in underglaze blue in a line within a rectangle and of the period

Lot 1572. A large blue and white fish bowl, Jiajing six-character mark in underglaze blue in a line within a rectangle and of the period (1522-1566), 19 in. (48.5 cm.) high, Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000. Price realised USD 25,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2016  The heavily-potted, deep drum-shaped body is decorated on the exterior with two five-clawed dragons striding around the sides in pursuit of flaming pearls between petal-lappet borders, all below a narrow band of foliate scroll at the rim.  ... [Lire la suite]