30 août 2019

A rare gilt silver head ornament in the form of a phoenix, 9th-11th century

  Lot 836. A rare gilt silver head ornament in the form of a phoenix, 9th-11th century; 3in (7.6cm) high. Estimate US$ 5,000 - 7,000 (€ 4,500 - 6,300). © Bonhams. The finely modeled crested bird with chased hollow body set off by a high crested tail and separately fashioned openwork wings attached through the body and pierced with two small holes at each tip suspending pendant chains, a further cluster of ornaments and chains falling from the slender beak, the small legs inserted through a bed of... [Lire la suite]
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13 mai 2018

A gilt silver Pyrbaum cup of the market court, Reinhold Rühl (1652-86), Nuremberg, around 1661-64

Lot 703. A gilt silver Pyrbaum cup of the market court, Reinhold Rühl (1652-86), Nuremberg, around 1661-64. H 43 cm, weight 498 g. Estimate: € 10,000 - € 14,000 © Lempertz Silver, driven, cast and engraved; gilded. Strangled foot with six leafy floral humps; the slim shaft with three volutes and ornamental leaves. The constricted Kuppa and the slip lid accordingly. The coronation in the form of a standing Roman soldier, holding two shields with engraved crests: one... [Lire la suite]
13 mai 2018

A gilt silver Roemer beaker, Oswald Haußner (1637 - 71), Nuremberg, around 1645 - 50

Lot 702. A gilt silver Roemer beaker, Oswald Haußner (1637 - 71), Nuremberg, around 1645 - 50.  H 9.2 cm, weight 105 g. Estimate: € 10,000 - € 14,000 © Lempertz Silver; driven and engraved; gilded. On profiled stand ring and cylindrical shaft with diamond humps the matching Kuppa with smooth lip edge and finely punched vegetal decor. Brands: BZ Nuremberg around 1645 - 51, MZ Oswald Haußner (1637 - 71, GNM No. 18, 333), Tremolierstich.   Provenance: Former... [Lire la suite]
27 août 2017

History of Gold: Masterpieces from Shaanxi at the Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

HONG KONG - Among all kinds of ancient Chinese craftsmanship, goldworking techniques are less well-known. The research project "Ancient Chinese Gold Techniques" is a collaborative effort of Art Museum of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shaanxi Institute for Preservation of Cultural Heritage, the Conservation Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of Hong Kong, and the Master Studio of Chow Tai Fook, for the first time to use interdisciplinary research methods to reconstruct several major ancient... [Lire la suite]
31 juillet 2017

Chased and gilt silver eight-lobed dish, China, Tang dynasty (618-960)

Chased and gilt silver eight-lobed dish, China, Tang dynasty (618-960). Length: 18.8 cm. Purchased with the assistance of The Art Fund, the Vallentin Bequest, Sir Percival David and the Universities China Committee, M.35-1935 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London 2017. Eight-lobed silver dish with oval domed hollow foot; at each end of the internal surface there is a chased and gilt fish and a gilt band runs along the internal rim. This eight-lobed dish was hammered out of silver sheets and decorated with a thin... [Lire la suite]
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31 juillet 2017

Wine cup with ring handle, birds, animals, and grapevines, early Tang dynasty, late 7th century

Wine cup with ring handle, birds, animals, and grapevines, China, Shaanxi province, probably Xi’an, early Tang dynasty, late 7th century © 2017 Smithsonian Institution Although they look like tea cups, Chinese vessels such as this resemble earlier Sogdian gilt silver and gilt bronze wine cups. Their purpose is subtly suggested by the grapevine motif on the cup’s surface. Surprisingly, the cup appears to have been made using two different shaping techniques. The body, bottom, and foot were hammered from separate... [Lire la suite]
26 août 2016

A rare gilt silver head ornament in the form of a phoenix, 9th-11th century

Lot 6006. A rare gilt silver head ornament in the form of a phoenix, 9th-11th century. Estimate US$ 10,000 - 15,000 (€8,900 - 13,000). Photo: Bonhams. The finely modeled crested bird with chased hollow body set off by a high crested tail and separately fashioned openwork wings attached through the body and pierced with two small holes at each tip suspending pendant chains, a further cluster of ornaments and chains falling from the slender beak, the small legs inserted through a bed of delicately fashioned layers of... [Lire la suite]