06 septembre 2016

A soft-paste blue and white vase, Qing dynasty, 18th-19th century

Lot 269. A soft-paste blue and white vase, Qing dynasty, 18th-19th century. Estimate 6,000 — 8,000 USD. Photo Sotheby's the cylindrical tapering vessel rising from the rounded shoulders to a waisted neck and straight rim, well-painted in varied tones of underglaze blue on a creamy-white ground, depicting a seated sage leaning heavily onto a long painting table, arranged with scholarly objects, a young attendant standing attentively close by, both staring at four deer striding in the foreground, all... [Lire la suite]

06 septembre 2016

A blue and white Ming-style bottle vase, Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795)

Lot 268. A blue and white Ming-style bottle vase, Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795). Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 USD. Photo Sotheby's the globular body rising from a short foot to a tall waisted neck, molded around the stepped shoulder and the body with fillets, finely painted in rich 'heaped and piled' cobalt-blue tones with a composite flower scroll band, all between lotus-lappet and classic scroll bands at the foot and a ruyi band at the shoulder, the neck with stiff leaf and keyfret... [Lire la suite]
31 août 2016

A blue and white 'dragon' dish, Guangxu mark and period (1875-1908)

Lot 326. A blue and white 'dragon' dish, Guangxu mark and period (1875-1908). Estimate 2,000 — 3,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the shallow rounded sides rising from a short tapered foot to a flared rim, painted to the interior with a five-clawed dragon writhing among flame wisps in pursuit of a 'flaming pearl', the exterior similarly decorated with two striding dragons, the base with a six-character mark in underglaze blue. Diameter 6 in., 15.1 cm Provenance: Beijing collector, acquired in... [Lire la suite]
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31 août 2016

A large blue and white 'dragon' vase (tianqiuping), Qing dynasty, Guangxu period (1875-1908)

Lot 925. A large blue and white 'dragon' vase (tianqiuping), Qing dynasty, Guangxu period (1875-1908). Estimate 10,000 — 15,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. with nine four-clawed dragons painted in underglaze blue, some emerging and leaping from a band of roiling, foaming waves encircling the base, others striding above, all amid fiery clouds and a central 'flaming pearl', the base with an apocryphal Qianlong seal mark, Japanese wood box (3). Height 20 1/2 in., 52.1 cm Sotheby's. Saturday at Sotheby's:... [Lire la suite]
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27 août 2016

A blue and white censer, Ming dynasty, Chongzhen period (1627-1644)

Lot 247. A blue and white censer, Ming dynasty, Chongzhen period (1627-1644). Estimate 8,000 — 12,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's of bombé form, the exterior well painted with a gathering of scholars conversing and playing the qin in a setting of rocky outcroppings, bamboo, pine trees, and a large bank of loosely painted clouds, between a narrow border of upright lappets and a bold chevron band, the base unglazed - Diameter 8 3/4  in., 22.2 cm Sotheby's Hong Kong, 29th November 1978, lot 217.  Sotheby's.... [Lire la suite]
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27 août 2016

A pair of blue and white 'phoenix' cups, Jiajing marks and period (1522-1566)

Lot 273. A pair of blue and white 'phoenix' cups, Jiajing marks and period (1522-1566). Estimate 8,000 — 12,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. each with deep rounded sides rising from a tapering foot to a flared rim, the exterior freely painted with phoenix amidst blossoms, the interior centered with a floral spray, the rim and foot with double-rings and the base with a six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double-circle (2) - Diameter 3 1/8  in., 8 cm Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New York, 13 sept.... [Lire la suite]
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27 août 2016

A blue and white 'peacock' jar, Jiajing mark and period (1522-1566)

Lot 274. A blue and white 'peacock' jar, Jiajing mark and period (1522-1566). Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's.  of well-potted baluster form, painted in varying tones of cobalt-blue with peacocks amidst rockwork and flowering peony plants all set between rows of lappets, the base with a six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle - Height 5 in., 12.7 cm Provenance: Meriden Hall, Warwickshire, England (until 1948). Notes: An identical jar in the British Museum is illustrated... [Lire la suite]
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27 août 2016

A blue and white dish, Jiajing mark, dated xinyou year, corresponding to 1561

Lot 272. A blue and white dish, Jiajing mark, dated xinyou year, corresponding to 1561. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's painted to the interior with a central medallion enclosing three birds perched on a peony shrub, framed by a border of six flying cranes at the well, interspersed by clouds, the underside with the 'Three Friends' of pine, prunus and bamboo, all in deep cobalt-blue, the base with a rectangular cartouche enclosing an eight-character inscription reading Jiajing xinyou jinshen jiaqi, Japanese wood... [Lire la suite]
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27 août 2016

A very rare Portuguese market blue and white bottle vase (yuhuchunping), Jiajing mark and period, dated 1552

Lot 277. A very rare Portuguese market blue and white bottle vase (yuhuchunping), Jiajing mark and period, dated 1552. Estimate 120,000 — 150,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's the pear-shaped body tapering to a waisted neck terminating in a flaring rim, finely painted in varying shades of a rich cobalt blue with longevity and abundance motifs, a pair of gamboling spotted deer and two fluttering butterflies amidst evergreens with gnarled, twisting trunks, a crane swooping downwards to meet its mate, a tall leafy bamboo tree with four... [Lire la suite]
27 août 2016

A finely painted and rare blue and white vase (meiping), Ming dynasty, late 15th century

Lot 278. A finely painted and rare blue and white vase (meiping), Ming dynasty, late 15th century. Estimate 80,000 — 100,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's finely-potted with high swelling shoulders rising to a narrow neck and everted rim, superbly painted around the sides in 'windswept' style with two scholars conversing in a clearing as a third scholar approaches carrying a wrapped qin under his arm, a pavilion nearby with elaborate trelliswork set amidst billowing clouds, between ruyi-form lappets... [Lire la suite]