23 avril 2018

A rare Fatimid gold armlet, Egypt or Syria, 11th century

Lot 8. A rare Fatimid gold armlet, Egypt or Syria, 11th century; 5 ¾in. (14.6cm.) diam. at widest. Estimate GBP 100,000 - GBP 150,000 (USD 140,300 - USD 210,450). © Christie's Images Ltd 2018 The twisted band of the hinged bracelet with lines of calligraphy on alternate facets, the interior with continuous knotted strapwork, the bezel with a cruciform motif set with an emerald and green glass beads, the interstices of the cruciform with three filigree domes surrounded by small pearls, attachment pin... [Lire la suite]
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10 février 2018

Two rare openwork gold beads, Han dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE)

Lot 37. Two rare openwork gold beads, Han dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE); 1.4cm., 1/2 in., and 1.7cm., 5/8 in. Weight 13g. and 14g. Estimate 4,000 — 5,000 GBP. Lot sold 5,000 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's 2008 each of spherical shape with twelve facets composed of twelve small gold rings soldered together with an arrangement of granulations each comprising four small granulated beads reinforcing the structure. Exhibited: Chinese Gold and Silver in the Carl Kempe Collection, Smithsonian Institution,... [Lire la suite]
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10 février 2018

A gold sheet fitting, Han dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE)

Lot 36. A gold sheet fitting, Han dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE); 8.5 by 3.3cm., 3 3/8 by 1 1/4 in. Weight 1.4g. Estimate 1,000 — 1,500 GBP. Lot sold 2,250 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's 2008 of fragmentary rectangular shape, the thin gold sheet covered with a dense design of finely beaded volute and cloud scrolls from which a figure emerges standing with arms raised and reaching out, all rendered in fine lines edged with minute beading. Exhibited: Chinese Gold and Silver in the... [Lire la suite]
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10 février 2018

A set of four ornamental gold fragments, Han dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE)

Lot 35. A set of four ornamental gold fragments, Han dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE); each 2.8cm., 1 1/8 in. Weight 20g. Estimate 2,000 — 3,000 GBP. Lot sold 2,500 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's 2008 each composed of a partly reticulated thin gold sheet and depicting a finely rendered dragon with some raised areas and minute granulation and filigree work, glass frame. Quantity: 4 Exhibited: Chinese Gold and Silver in the Carl Kempe Collection, Smithsonian Institution, Washington,... [Lire la suite]
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09 février 2018

An unusual Ordos gold harness fitting, 6th-4th century BC

Lot 31. An unusual Ordos gold harness fitting, 6th-4th century BC; 7.4cm., 3 7/8 in. Weight 42g. Estimate 1,200 — 2,000 GBP. Lot sold 31,700 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's 2008 cast as four stylised animal heads issuing from a zoomorphic body and forming a taotie-mask with a pair of raised bosses flanking a central flange. Exhibited: Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 1954-55, cat. no.33. Literature: Gyllensvärd, Stockholm, 1953, pl. 33. Ulricehamn, 1999, pl. 31. Sotheby's.... [Lire la suite]
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09 janvier 2018

Chinese Antique Jewelry at Susan Ollemans

A Gold Finger Ring With Kylin, China, Liao dynasty, 11th century, gold. Price On Request © Susan Ollemans Silver- Gilt Filigree Bracelet, China, Qing Dynasty, 19th century. Silver-Gilt. Diameter: 9cm. Price On Request © Susan Ollemans Susan Ollemans started her business in 1979 and has traded in Oriental Works of Art ever since. She was trained at the Percival David Foundation, SOAS London University, and worked as an agent for Spink and Sons for 15 years. She has sold to the Museum of New South Wales, Australia; the Cultural... [Lire la suite]

30 août 2017

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Hall of Mental Cultivation of The Palace Museum – Imperial Residence of Eight Emperors

Interior of East Warmth Chamber of the Hall of Mental Cultivation of The Palace Museum – Imperial Residence of Eight Emperors. HONG KONG - Hall of Mental Cultivation (Yangxin Dian) was the living place of the Qing emperors and the political centre of the Qing dynasty. It is one of the mostly visited places in The Palace Museum, and it houses the most well-known and invaluable artefacts relating to the emperors Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong, etc. As the Hall is closed for large-scale renovation, artefacts previously housed in... [Lire la suite]
29 août 2017

"Golden Techniques: Art of the Chinese Goldsmiths" at the Art Museum of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

HONG KONG - The research project “Ancient Chinese Gold Techniques” is a collaborative effort of Art Museum of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics Protection, the Master Studio of Chow Tai Fook, and the Conservation Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of Hong Kong, for the first time to use interdisciplinary research methods to reconstruct several major ancient goldsmithing techniques and the history of the development. Golden Techniques: Art of the Chinese... [Lire la suite]
28 août 2017

Achaemenid Gold Cloisonné Pectoral, 6th-4th century B.C.E.

Achaemenid Gold Cloisonné Pectoral, 6th-4th century B.C.E. Gold and cloisonné, H. 26 cm.; W. 24 cm. © Miho Museum This pectoral is the most splendid example of Achaemenid court jewelry presently known. It comprises three different parts: a collar-like front section that is flat; a long, clasp-like, tubular element that attaches at duck's-head terminals; and a pendant hinged to the front. According to ancient sources, the Achaemenid "Kings of Kings" sometimes honored their followers with jewelry. These gifts befitted not only the... [Lire la suite]
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28 août 2017

Pair of Achaemenid Gold Bracelets with Winged-caprid Termini with Cloisonne Inlay, mid-6th-4th century B.C.E.

Pair of Achaemenid Gold Bracelets with Winged-caprid Termini with Cloisonne Inlay, mid-6th-4th century B.C.E. Gold with lapis lazuli and carnelian inlay, W. 11.1 cm. each © Miho Museum These two magnificent bracelets are said to have originally belonged with the torque (cat. no. 38) and should likewise be attributed to the late Achaemenid period.1 An association of these pieces is corroborated by stylistic and technical similarities.  The bracelets are composed of separately made gold elements, such as the caprid terminals,... [Lire la suite]