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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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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