19 août 2019

10th century & Liao Dynasty Masterpieces of Early Chinese Gold and Silver from Dr. Johan Carl Kempe at Christie's NY

  Lot 576. A rare gold 'kalavinka' hairpin ornament, Liao dynasty (AD 907-1125); 2 in. (5.1 cm) wide; weight 6.1 g. Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2019. The front of the ornament is shaped in repoussé as a bejeweled kalavinka, its hands crossed in front of the chest as it floats amidst clouds. All of the outlines are beaded and it is soldered to a plain gold back.  Provenance: Dr. Johan Carl Kempe (1884-1967) Collection, Sweden, before 1953, no.... [Lire la suite]

14 août 2019

A gold dagger hilt, South India, 18th century

Lot 123. A gold dagger hilt, South India, 18th century; 4 ins. (10 cm.) high. Estimate USD 12,000 - USD 18,000. Price realised USD 27,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2019 In the form of a mythical creature issuing a floral spray from its mouth. Christie's. Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence, New York, 19 June 2019
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10 août 2019

Chinese Gold from the Collection of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth at Christie's New York, 26 March 2010

Lot 1292. A rare gold funerary mask, Liao dynasty (907-1125); 8 in. (20.3 cm.) high, Wt. 103.3 g. Estimate USD 100,000 - USD 150,000. Price realised USD 146,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2010. Worked from thin gold sheet, with a decorative border stamped at the outer edge, the sheet crimped over the mouth, the nose, ears, eyes and brows which are incised with hair markings, as is a mustache above the mouth, with creases and wrinkles in the gold, the stamped design of the border also seen on two 'ribbons' attached to the... [Lire la suite]
22 avril 2019

Artcurial to sell the Bouvier collections during its auction dedicated to Archaeology and Oriental Arts

Lot 168. An Egyptian wooden and bronze Hathor head, Third Intermediate Period, 21st-22nd Dynasty, circa 1069-715 B.C. Tête d’Hathor en bois et bronze, Égypte, 3e période intermédiaire, XXIe-XXIIe dynastie, vers 1069-715 Av.J.C. Applique en bois en forme de tête féminine. Haut. 22,2 cm; Larg. : 6,5 cm. Estimation : 25 000 - 28 000 €. Courtesy Artcurial   PARIS.- On May 15th, Artcurial will disperse the Bouvier collections during its auction dedicated to archeology and... [Lire la suite]
12 avril 2019

A Greek gold lion head pendant, Classical period, circa 5th-4th century B.C. 

Lot 151. A Greek gold lion head pendant, Classical period, circa 5th-4th century B.C.; ¾ in. (2 cm.) high. Estimate: US$70,000 - US$90,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019. Provenance: Comtesse Martine-Marie-Octavie Pol de Béhague (1870-1939), Paris; thence by descent to Marquis Jean-Louis Hubert de Ganay (1922-2013), France. Antiquites et Objets d'Art: Collection de Martine, Comtesse de Behague, Provenant de la Succession du Marquis de Ganay , Sotheby's, Monaco, 5 December 1987, lot 36. ... [Lire la suite]
01 janvier 2019

Pair of gold armbands, Greek, Hellenistic, ca. 200 B.C.

Pair of gold armbands, Greek, Hellenistic, ca. 200 B.C. Gold. Overall: 10 7/16in., 0.4lb. (26.5cm, 0.2kg). Other (height-triton armband): 9 13/16in. (25cm). Other (height-tritoness armband): 10 7/16in. (26.5cm). Rogers Fund, 1956, (56.11.5, .6). © 2000–2018 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. These imposing serpentine armbands represent two tritons, male and female, each holding a small winged Eros. The hoops behind the tritons' heads were used to attach the armbands to the sleeves of a garment, for otherwise,... [Lire la suite]
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04 octobre 2018

A rare embellished gold 'peach' box and cover, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Lot 3430. A rare embellished gold 'peach' box and cover, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795); 11.7 cm, 4 5/8  in. Estimate: 1,000,000-1,200,000 HKD. Lot sold 1,500,000 HKD (191,340 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's. superbly modelled with each half of the box and cover forming a hollow peach meticulously joint together through an interlocking mechanism between the gnarled branches, each side of the exterior decorated with curling leafy stems extending across the rounded body, centred in... [Lire la suite]
29 août 2018

A small gold 'chrysnthemum' box and cover, Song dynasty (960-1279)

Lot 240. A small gold 'chrysnthemum' box and cover, Song dynasty (960-1279). Diameter 1 7/8  in., 4.8 cm. Estimate 25,000 — 35,000 USD. Sold Price: 31,250 USD. © Sotheby's 2018. of circular outline, the slightly domed cover with repoussé and chased decoration of flowering chrysanthemum blossoms borne on leafing stems within a border of leiwen and a band of classic scroll encircling the rim, repeated around the side of the box (2). Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New York,... [Lire la suite]
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29 août 2018

A gold filigree pendant, Song dynasty (960-1279)

Lot 239. A gold filigree pendant, Song dynasty (960-1279). Length 3 3/4  in., 9.5 cm. Estimate 30,000 — 50,000 USD. Sold Price: 37,500 USD. © Sotheby's 2018. of tear-drop form, the plaque with an intricate openwork floral meander of lotus blossoms issuing from a sinuous, leafing stem enclosed within a punched border of foliate scrollwork. Note: This type of pendant was a popular luxury item and most often used with two halves joined together forming a container that served as a pomander for elite... [Lire la suite]
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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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