10 août 2014

Chinese rank badges at Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Imperial Duke's insignia, China, Qianlong (1736 - 1795), Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), 'kesi' [woven silk],  26.0 x 27.3 cm.Gift of Judith and Ken Rutherford 2000, 189.2000. Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (C) Art Gallery of NewSouth Wales, Sydney In the Ming and Qing dynasties the aristocracy as well as civil and military officials wore rank-defining badges on the front and back of their robes. The front-facing dragon would have been worn by a Prince of the Blood, who had been granted... [Lire la suite]

08 mars 2014

A duan stone snuff bottle. Likely Imperial, 1760-1820

A duan stone snuff bottle. Likely Imperial, 1760-1820. Photo Bonhams. Of flattened pear shape, with a flat lip and an oval foot rim surrounding a concave foot, finely carved in low relief with three stylized kui dragons forming the character for long (dragon) on one side, reversed by naturalistic dragons, the sides with fixed ring lion mask handles, the lions with the distinctive 'official's hat'. 2 1/8in (5.3cm) high. Estimate US$ 6,000 - 8,000 (€4,300 - 5,800) Property from the Collection of Emmanuel Dimitri Gran (1894-1969) It... [Lire la suite]
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20 octobre 2013

An imperial blue and white 'dragon' bowl, China, underglaze blue Qianlong seal mark and period.

An imperial blue and white 'dragon' bowl, China, underglaze blue Qianlong seal mark and period.  The deep rounded sides rising from a short foot to an everted rim, painted around the exterior with two scaly ferocious dragons amidst ruyi cloud. D. 14,6 cm. Estimate 18000/25000 € Nagel Auktionen. 2013/10/30. http://www.auction.de
02 août 2013

A grey-beige and russet jade ‘Chilong and Lingzhi’ snuff bottle, possibly Imperial, Qing dynasty, 18th-early 19th century

A grey-beige and russet jade ‘Chilong and Lingzhi’ snuff bottle, possibly Imperial, Qing dynasty, 18th-early 19th century. Photo Sotheby's of pebble material, very well hollowed and carved with three chilong and a spray of lingzhi fungus, the head and shoulders of one beast forming the base, the natural pebble skin possibly enhanced with staining; the coral stopper carved as a twig; 5.9 cm., 2¼  in. Estimation 75,000 — 95,000. Lot. Vendu 137,500 HKD PROVENANCE Hugh Moss (HK)... [Lire la suite]
02 août 2013

A banded agate snuff bottle, Official School, probably Imperial, Qing Dynasty, 18th-19th century

A banded agate snuff bottle, Official School, probably Imperial, Qing Dynasty, 18th-19th century. Photo Sotheby's extremely well hollowed, with a concave lip and a recessed flat foot surrounded by a protruding flat footrim, carved with mask-and-ring handles; the tourmaline stopper with a vinyl collar; 5.8 cm., 2¼ in. Estimation 40,000 — 60,000. Lot vendu: 87,500 HKD PROVENANCE : Collection of Alice B. McReynolds.Sotheby’s Los Angeles, 3rd October 1984, lot 97. LITTERATURE: Hugh Moss, Victor... [Lire la suite]
02 août 2013

A spinach-green jade ‘eggplant’ snuff bottle, probably Imperial, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong-Jiaqing Period

A spinach-green jade ‘eggplant’ snuff bottle, probably Imperial, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong-Jiaqing Period . Photo Sotheby's  well hollowed and carved in the form of an eggplant; the coral stopper carved as a twig.6 cm., 2 3/8  in. Estimation 45,000 — 65,000. Lot vendu: 212,500 HKD PROVENANCE: Robert Hall, London, 1989 EXHIBITED: Chinese Snuff Bottles in the Collection of Mary and George Bloch, The British Museum, London, 1995, cat. no. 91.Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1997. LITTERATURE: Hugh Moss,... [Lire la suite]


02 août 2013

An enamelled porcelain bottle Imperial, Jingdezhen kilns, Daoguang four-character seal mark in iron red and of the period 

An enamelled porcelain bottle Imperial, Jingdezhen kilns, Daoguang four-character seal mark in iron red and of the period (1821-1850). Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2013 Of flattened, rounded form on an oval footrim, the bottle is painted on each side with a katydid picked out in green, yellow, and black. 2¼ in. (5.7 cm. ) high, agate stopper. Estimate USD 1,500.00 - 2,500.00 Notes: The katydid, either alone or with its cage, became a very popular subject on snuff bottles during the early 19th century. An... [Lire la suite]
01 août 2013

A 'Robin's Egg' porcelain 'Double-Gourd' snuff bottle probably Imperial, Qing dynasty, Qianlong-early Jiaqing period

A 'Robin's Egg' porcelain 'Double-Gourd' snuff bottle probably Imperial, Qing dynasty, Qianlong-early Jiaqing period. Photo Sotheby's of double-gourd form with a convex lip, applied with a mottled turquoise and lavender-blue glaze, the base with spur marks; with a coral stopper; 6.7 cm., 2 5/8  in. Estimation 35,000-45,000 HKD. Lot vendu: 125,000 HKD PROVENANCE: Jade House, Hong Kong, 1985. EXHIBITED: Chinese Snuff Bottles: A Miniature Art from the Collection of George and Mary Bloch, Hong... [Lire la suite]
01 août 2013

An agate ‘Monk’ snuff bottle possibly Imperial, Official School, Qing dynasty, Late 18th-19th century

An agate ‘Monk’ snuff bottle possibly Imperial, Official School, Qing dynasty, Late 18th-19th century. Photo Sotheby's well hollowed with a flat lip and a concave foot, carved with a low-relief, partially cameo design of a monk with a bi disc suspended on a cord from his belt, the robes extending under the foot of the bottle; the coral stopper with a silver collar; 5.6 cm., 2½ in. Estimation 140,000 — 200,000. Lot vendu: 250,000 HKD PROVENANCE: Trojan Collection Robert Hall,... [Lire la suite]
01 août 2013

A crystal 'Double-gourd' snuff bottle possibly Imperial, Qing dynasty, 18th-early 19th century

A crystal 'Double-gourd' snuff bottle possibly Imperial, Qing dynasty, 18th-early 19th century. Photo Sotheby's of flawless crystal, very well hollowed, with a concave lip and a concave foot; the coral stopper with a turquoise finial and vinyl collar; 6.2 cm., 2½ in. Estimation 20,000 — 30,000. Lot. Vendu 56,250 HKD PROVENANCE: Hugh M. Moss Ltd., 1985. LITTERATURE: Hugh Moss, Victor Graham and Ka Bo Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George... [Lire la suite]


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