14 janvier 2024

A pair of rhinoceros hide lacquer ear cups unearthed from Zhu Ran's tomb, Three Kingdoms period (220-280 AD)

A pair of rhinoceros hide lacquer ear cups unearthed from Zhu Ran's tomb, Three Kingdoms period (220-280 AD). The rhinoceros hide technique is a unique method of decoration in ancient Chinese lacquerware. It involves applying multiple layers of colored lacquer to the surface of an object and then finely polishing it after it has dried, creating a vivid, lustrous visual effect reminiscent of flowing clouds and water. Courtesy Zhai Xiang.
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23 décembre 2022

A pair of gilt-bronze ear cups, Han dynasty

Lot 339. A pair of gilt-bronze ear cups, Han dynasty (206 BC-220 AD). Each 10.5cm (4 1/8in) wide. Sold for HK$19,125. © Bonhams 2001-2022 Provenance: Mandala Fine Arts, Hong Kong, 1999. Note: See a similar gilt-bronze ear cup, Han dynasty, illustrated in Ancient Chinese Arts in the Idemitsu Collection, Japan, 1989, pl.208. Bonhams. AUTUMN SALE OF CHINESE ART A PRIVATE ASIAN COLLECTION, Hong Kong, 25 November – 16 December 2022
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09 mars 2022

An unusual miniature 'Jun' ear cup, Northern Song-Yuan dynasty (960-1368)

Lot 131. An unusual miniature 'Jun' ear cup, Northern Song-Yuan dynasty (960-1368). Length 2⅞ in., 7.4 cm. Estimate: 8,000 - 12,000 USD. Lot sold: 151,200 USD. © Sothebys.  Provenance: Property of a Gentleman. Christie's London, 24th June 1964, lot 146. Collection of Dr Wou Kiuan (1910-1997). Wou Lien-Pai Museum, 1968-present, coll. no. M.2.14.   Sotheby's. A Journey Through China's History. The Dr Wou Kiuan Collection Part... [Lire la suite]
23 octobre 2021

A greyish white jade ear cup, 19th century

Lot 1. A greyish white jade ear cup, 19th century; 11.5cm (4 1/2in) long. Sold for HK$28,050 (Estimate HKD8,000 - 12,000 / US$1,000 - 1,500). © Bonhams 2001-2021 Raised on a narrow short foot with a pair of elongated 'ear' handles, the stone of greyish white with brown russet inclusions.     Provenance: A Hong Kong private collection. Bonhams. Chinese Art Online: Arts from the Scholar's Studio Including the Yanqinzhai Collection, Hong Kong, 4 - 19 October 2021
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21 septembre 2021

A rare early black and red lacquer and wood core ear cup, Zhou-Han dynasty, 5th-3rd Century BCE

Lot 147. A rare early black and red lacquer and wood core ear cup, Zhou-Han dynasty, 5th-3rd Century BCE.; 7in (17.8cm) across, cloth wrap, wood box. Sold for US$ 2,550 (€ 2,177). © Bonhams 2001-2021 The deep oval cup lacqured red to the interior and a dark black-brown lacquer to the lower part of the exterior and the underside of the 'ear' handles, a wide reserve-decorated geometric red-ground band on a vertical wall at the rim which is also found on the flat rising top of the 'ears', the sides of the 'ears'... [Lire la suite]
03 février 2021

A very rare Ge-glazed ear cup, Yuan-Ming dynasty or earlier

Lot 507. A very rare Ge-glazed ear cup, Yuan-Ming dynasty or earlier; L. 11,6 cm. Estimate: € 30,000 - €50,000. Result: € 36,000. Courtesy Nagel.  Provenance: According to the previous owner collected by a family member around 1900 in China. Exhibited and published: Hetjens Museum Diesseldorf 'Alle Farben Chinas', 2018, p. 79. Cf. A similar ear cup with ge-glaze and inscribed poem by the Qianlong emperor is preserved in the collections of the Musée Guimet, Paris, no. MA 4236. Coupe à oreille,... [Lire la suite]

21 janvier 2020

A pair of small bronze openwork braziers and ear cups, Eastern Han dynasty (25-220)

Lot 1235. A pair of small bronze openwork braziers and ear cups, Eastern Han dynasty (25-220); The braziers 9 7/8 in. (25 cm.) long, the ear cups 5¼ in. (13.4 cm.) wide. Estimate 10,000 - USD 15,000. Price realised USD 18,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The upper, oval section of each brazier has openwork sides cast with the animals of the Four Directions, below four tab supports that rise from the rim to support the ear cups. The tapering rectangular lower section is raised on four crouching human... [Lire la suite]
12 novembre 2019

A rare carved agate ear cup, Yongzheng period (1723-1735)

Lot 2808. A rare carved agate ear cup, Yongzheng period (1723-1735); 3 3/8 in. (8.8 cm.) long. Estimate HKD 160,000 - HKD 240,000 (USD 20,544 - USD 30,816). Price realised HKD 150,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019. The vessel is thinly carved in the Han style. The oval bowl is with two flat crescent moon-shaped handles projecting below the rim at the longer sides, resting on a curved oval base. The luminous stone of attractive variegated tones is brilliantly polished, suffused with vermillion-red... [Lire la suite]
12 novembre 2019

A rare rock crystal ear cup, Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220)

Lot 2807. A rare rock crystal ear cup, Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220); 4 ¼ in. (10.8 cm.). Estimate HKD 200,000 - HKD 300,000 (USD 25,680 - USD 38,519). Price realised HKD 275,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019. The oval rounded cup is carved with a pair of handles to the sides. The translucent rock crystal is suffused with russet streaks, box. Provenance: Acquired in Hong Kong, 10 May 1998. Note: The ear cup first appeared in lacquer form during the late Spring and Autumn period (5th century BC), with... [Lire la suite]
28 mars 2016

A group of small pale brown and grey jade vessels, Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 9)

Lot 36, A group of small pale brown and grey jade vessels, Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 9). The ear cup 9.3cm (3 3/4in) long. Estimate HK$ 200,000 - 300,000 (€23,000 - 35,000). Sold for HK$ 1,240,000 (€ 147,093). Photo: Bonhams. Comprising: a small jade ear cup with long 'ear'-handles attached with gilt metal fittings on the sides, the stone of a greyish-white tone with brown inclusions; a small jade bowl carved with a groove below the mouth rim, the pale greyish-white stone with brown areas; three small... [Lire la suite]