02 mars 2019

A white jade pierced disc with boxwood 'elephant' stand, Qing dynasty, 18th Century

Lot 627. A white jade pierced disc with boxwood 'elephant' stand, Qing dynasty, 18th Century; Disc 3 5/8 in., 9.2 cm; Qilin 3 1/2 in., 8.6 cm. Estimate 5,000 — 7,000 USD. Lot sold 98,400 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the flat disc reticulated in the center with radiating entwined loops forming an openwork floret, carved in low relief with the 'Eight Trigrams' on one side, and the other with the 'Ten Celestial Stems' (tian gan) within linked ruyi heads, with a finely carved boxwood male... [Lire la suite]

01 avril 2018

A carved boxwood memento mori skeleton, Southern Germany, 17th century

Lot 3050. A carved boxwood memento mori skeleton, Southern Germany, 17th century; 26.2 cm, 10 1/4  in. Estimate 400,000 — 600,000 HKD. © Sotheby's 2018. well carved as Todlein standing on a irregular stand with its head turning to the left, the right hand portrayed holding an hourglass supporting a frog, the figure of Death powerfully depicted with a layer of skin around the skull and remnants of skin acting as clothing and partially revealing the skeletal structure, further adorned with a sash... [Lire la suite]
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05 mars 2018

Nicholas Grindley at Asia Week New York, 15-24 march 2018

A naturalistic boxwood (huangyangmu) scholar’s object formed as a section of branch carved with two crickets, Chinese, Qing dynasty, 18th century; length, 19.8 cm / 7 3/4 in height  6.8 cm / 2 1/2 in © Nicholas Grindley A catalpa wristrest carved as a qin zither, inlaid with camel-bone roundels. Chinese, Early Qing dynasty, 19th century. Catalpa (qiumu) wood with camel bone inlay. © Nicholas Grindley An adjustable folding yokeback chair. Late Ming–early Qing dynasty, 16th–17th... [Lire la suite]
15 janvier 2018

A boxwood 'lingzhi' ruyi sceptre, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century

Lot 3164. A boxwood 'lingzhi' ruyi sceptre, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century; 40.5 cm., 15 7/8  in. Estimate 200,000 — 300,000 HKD. Lot sold 250,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's 2013 naturalistically carved in openwork in the form of a gnarled branch of lingzhi, the terminal shaped in the form of a large fungus head, the crooked shaft issuing a secondary sprig sprouting an attendant fungus and a third fungus at the... [Lire la suite]
09 décembre 2017

Boxwood sculpture of a lohan scratching his back, 18th century

Boxwood sculpture of a lohan scratching his back, 18th century, h. 4.4 cm, l. 4.6 cm © National Palace Museum. A small chunk of boxwood is carved in the round into a sitting lohan (the Arhat, Arahat or Arahant in Theravada Buddhism), his legs crossed, clothing rolled down to the waist, and the upper body naked. With his left hand pressed against the ground for balance, a scratching stick in the right hand goes over his right shoulder giving his back a good up and down scratch. Between his knees, a... [Lire la suite]
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09 décembre 2017

Boxwood brush-holder depicting a scholars' gathering in the West Garden, Late 17th to early 18th century

Boxwood brush-holder depicting a scholars' gathering in the West Garden, Late 17th to early 18th century, h. 18.5 cm, diams. of mouth 17.8 x 22.3 cm © National Palace Museum. A popular legend in the Ming and Qing periods described how several centurie­s ago during the Yuanyuo reign (1086-1093) of North Song emperor Zhezong, a graceful literary gathering had taken place at West Garden, the property of Wang Shen, husband of a mid-Song emperor's daughter, and a painter-cum-calligrapher in his own right. Wang was... [Lire la suite]

26 septembre 2017

An extremely rare imperial carved and inscribed boxwood 'Manjushri and Lion' group, Seal mark and period of Qianlong, 1761

Lot 3002. An extremely rare imperial carved and inscribed boxwood 'Manjushri and Lion' group, Seal mark and period of Qianlong (dated in accordance with 1761), h. 10 cm, 3 7/8  in. Estimate 8,000,000 — 10,000,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's. exquisitely carved to depict Manjushri seated in rajalilasana atop a lotus-form saddle on the fringed caparison of a lion, the tonsured bodhisattva portrayed with a serene expression and dressed in loose robes and holding a string of prayer... [Lire la suite]
05 novembre 2016

Groundbreaking exhibition examines rare works of art and discovers how they were made

Netherlandish. Adam Dirksz, late 15th, early 16th century. Prayer Bead, 1500 – 1530, boxwood with metal fittings. Overall Closed: 58.8mm × 61.1mm (5.9 × 6.1 cm). Overall Open: 56.5mm × 56.5mm × 116.3mm (5.6 × 5.6 × 11.6 cm). The Thomson Collection © Art Gallery of Ontario. Photo: Craig Boyko/Ian Lefebvre © Art Gallery of Ontario, 2016. TORONTO.- Boxwood prayer beads, rosaries and miniature altarpieces made in Northern Europe during the early 1500s demonstrate the limitless potential of human artistic practice. These tiny... [Lire la suite]
10 mars 2015

Nicholas Grindley Works of Art Ltd at Asia Week New York 2015

Pair of Lokapala Heads, China, Tang Dynasty (618-907) or Five Dynasties (907-960). Nicholas Grindley Works of Art Ltd at Asia Week New York 2015.  China. Ming dynasty, Wanli period, dated 1619. Lacquer, filled-in and engraved qiangjin technique. Diameter: 15 inches (38.2 cm). Nicholas Grindley Works of Art Ltd at Asia Week New York 2015.   A huangyangmu (boxwood) hexagonal foliate brushpot. Qing dynasty, 18th century, probably Qianlong period (1736 – 1795). Height: 12.5 cm / 4... [Lire la suite]
23 septembre 2013

Vanderven Oriental Art bring rare and unusual works from private collections to Asian Art in London

Five Claw Dragon Bowl, China, Kangxi Period (1662-1722) Height: 6,5 cm, Diameter: 13,2 cm. From a private Dutch collection LONDON.- Vanderven Oriental Art, one of the world’s leading international dealers in the field of Chinese export porcelain and early terracotta, will bring a selection of rare works, all from private European collections, to this year’s Asian Art Week. The exhibition, held at Shapero Rare Books, runs from 4 – 7 November 2013 and offers collectors the opportunity to purchase some of the freshest and highest... [Lire la suite]