07 novembre 2016

A gold globular waterpot, 19th century

Lot 139. A gold globular waterpot, 19th century. Estimate GBP 15,000 - GBP 20,000 (USD 18,690 - USD 24,920). Photo Christie's Images Ltd 2016.  The rounded waterpot is moulded to the sides with mythical winged animals amongst crashing waves and rocks. The base has an incised Kangxi four-character mark. 2 7/8 in.( 7.3 cm.) wide.  Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 8 November 2016, London, King Street

19 octobre 2016

A Greek gold olive wreath, late Classical period to early Hellenistic period, circa 4th century B.C.

Lot 115. A Greek gold olive wreath, late Classical period to early Hellenistic period, circa 4th century B.C. Estimate USD 250,000 - USD 350,000. Photo Christie's Images Ltd 2016. 9 ½ in. (24.1 cm.) wide  Provenance: Jan Mitchell, New York, acquired in 1966 or prior.The Estate of Jan Mitchell; Antiquities, Sotheby's, New York, 7 June 2012, lot 24. Literature: L. Kronenberger and M. Lee, Quality: Its Image in the Arts, New York, 1969, cover. Exhibited: New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1966-2011. ... [Lire la suite]
09 septembre 2016

ARPAB / Álvaro Roquette - Pedro Aguiar Branco à la Biennale des Antiquaires 2016

Cup. Gold, 20 cm high, Portugal, ca. 1730-50 © Pedro Lobo Table cabinet. Exotic wood, tortoiseshell, ivory, and silver, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Late 16th century, 24.2 x 47.6 x 32.6 cm © Pedro Lobo Tazza. Gilded silver, 21 x 29.5 x 29.5 cm, Lisbon, 1548. Provenance: Royal Collections – D Fernando II of Portugal © Pedro Lobo Tazza. Gilded silver, 21 x 29.5 x 29.5 cm, Lisbon, 1548. Provenance: Royal Collections – D Fernando II of Portugal © Pedro Lobo Biennale des Antiquaires 2016. ARPAB / Álvaro Roquette - Pedro Aguiar... [Lire la suite]
05 février 2016

Gold and pearl pendant jewel of the Lamb of God, Spanish, 1600-1650

Gold and pearl pendant jewel of the Lamb of God, Spanish, 1600-1650, ruby, pearl, gold, enamel. Bequeathed by Baron Ferdinand Anselm Rothschild, 1898. Ex-collection Baron Anselm von Rothschild (1866 cat. no. 339). WB.164. British Museum collection. © Trustees of the British Museum Pendant jewel; gold; lamb in white enamel, back formed of baroque pearl, seated on closed book; back of book with three bands, panels enamelled blue; underside is open-work with scrolls; clasps jewelled with rubies;... [Lire la suite]
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05 février 2016

Gold pendant jewel of a hippocamp, perhaps Italian, late 16th century, with later additions

Gold pendant jewel of a hippocamp, perhaps Italian, late 16th century, with later additions. Bequeathed by Baron Ferdinand Anselm Rothschild, 1898. Ex-collection: Albert Denison, 1st Baron Londesborough . WB.157. British Museum collection. © Trustees of the British Museum Pendant jewel; gold; set with rubies and emeralds; form of hippocamp, body of baroque pearl set in gold enamelled green; head in gold with white enamel; collar of rubies; three star-shaped settings with stone below; four pendant pearls;... [Lire la suite]
17 janvier 2016

Rock crystal barrel in the shape of a dragon, Italy, ca. 1625 - ca. 1650

Rock crystal barrel in the shape of a dragon, Italy, ca. 1625 - ca. 1650, rock crystal, rhinestone, gold, émail, ruby, h 19,0cm × W × D 14,5cm 60,5cm. BK-17 121. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.  Image of rock crystal with a frame of gold with rubies and enamel, depicting a dragon. The animal lies on its four legs with gaping mouths. The wings are missing. The dragon shape of the barrel says something about the special power which was attributed to rock crystal, if it came in contact with poison, it will discolor... [Lire la suite]

17 janvier 2016

Rock crystal ewer, Milan, ca. 1600 - ca. 1615

Rock crystal ewer, Milan, ca. 1600 - ca. 1615, rock crystal, rhinestone, gold, émail, 17.8 cm H × W × D 7,1cm 9,0cm. BK-17 195. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Ewer of rock crystal in a frame of gold and translucent enamel. On the egg-shaped container are palmettes and tendrils cut. The senior ear is formed by a female winged Herm.
24 juin 2015

An unusual high karat gold 'dragon' snuff bottle, Qianlong mark

An unusual high karat gold 'dragon' snuff bottle, Qianlong mark.  Sold for US$ 185,000 (€165,119). Photo: Bonhams. The oval bottle finely cast with an energetic five-clawed dragon encircling the side walls striding through dense, layered cloud scrolls pursuing a flaming pearl, all against a stippled ground, the underside designed with scrolling waves, the matching cap sided with swastika symbols on blue enamel, and topped with another dragon and a pearl, hinged to the shoulder and open to reveal... [Lire la suite]
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13 juin 2015

Exhibition at Royal Ontario Museum tells dramatic story of an ancient civilization frozen in time

Portrait of a Woman. Mosaic; limestone, MANN 124666 © The Superintendence for the Archaeological Heritage of Naples (SAHN) TORONTO.- The Royal Ontario Museum hosts the Canadian premiere of Pompeii: In the Shadow of the Volcano from Saturday, June 13, 2015 to Sunday, January 3, 2016. On display in the Garfield Weston Exhibition Hall, the exhibition includes approximately 200 evocative objects that tell the dramatic story of Pompeii, an ancient Roman city captured in time by ash and debris that buried it during a volcanic... [Lire la suite]
22 mars 2015

A very rare gold winged cup, China, Western Han dynasty, 3rd-2nd century BC

A very rare gold winged cup, China, Western Han dynasty, 3rd-2nd century BC. Estimate $150,000 - $250,000. Price Realized $725,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015 The deep oval cup raised on a flat foot of conforming outline, with a pair of everted flange handles of shaped outline flaring slightly upward from the rim and engraved on top with angular scrolls reserved on a ground of fine parallel lines - 4 ¾ in. (12 cm.) long, box - 252 g Provenance: The Collection of Robert H. Ellsworth, New York, acquired in... [Lire la suite]