26 mai 2020

A carved jade archer's thumb ring, India, 17th century

Lot 140. A carved jade archer's thumb ring, India, 17th century; 4.6cm. max. Estimate 3,000 — 5,000 GBP. Lot sold 7,500 GBP. Photo Sotheby's of pale green jade and characteristic form, carved with a full-face lotus blossom flanked by undulated leafy stems each terminating in a lotus blossom.  Provenance: Acquired in London in 1984. Sotheby's. The Sven Gahlin Collection, London, 06 oct. 2015

18 mai 2020

A fine reticulated jade 'birds' finial, Ming dynasty

Lot 264. A fine reticulated jade 'birds' finial, Ming dynasty; 5.3cm high. Estimate HK$80,000-120,000. Sold for HK$ 400,000 (€ 47,793). Photo Bonhams. Reticulated and carved in the form of a flock of birds amidst dense foliage, including cranes, egrets, parrots and peacocks amongst blossoming lotus blossoms and pods issuing from leafy vines, on a flat oval platform, finely-carved chenxiang cloud-scroll stand. Provenance: Edward Dominick, 1960sA Californian private collection. Note: Compare... [Lire la suite]
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17 mai 2020

A jade 'geese' carving, Yuan-Ming dynasty

Lot 3654. A jade 'geese' carving, Yuan-Ming dynasty; 10.4 cm., 4 1/8  in. Estimate 500,000 — 700,000 HKD. Sold for 875,000 HKD (100,586 EUR). Photo Sotheby's finely worked as a pair of conjoined geese, the larger one turning its neck around to face the other and grasping a spray of millet in their beaks, the contour of their wings faintly incised, depicted with ripples of water wrapped around their bodies, the smooth stone of a pale celadon colour highlighted with mottled russet... [Lire la suite]
30 avril 2020

A rare jade 'chi' dragon openwork plaque, Eastern Han Dynasty (25–220 AD)

Lot 23. A rare jade 'chi' dragon openwork plaque, Eastern Han Dynasty (25–220 AD);10.1cm (4in) long. Estimate HK$ 150,000-200,000. Sold for HK$ 1,480,000 (€ 175,563). Photo: Bonhams. Carved in openwork with a chi dragon wrapped around a thumb-ring derived shield-shaped panel with a circular aperture, its long sinuous body with scrolling limbs detailed with finely incised lines, the stone of an opaque buff tone with grey speckles. Published and Illustrated: Art and Imitation in China,... [Lire la suite]
29 avril 2020

A rare pair of finely carved jade 'dragon' pendants, Warring States Period (475-221 BC)

Lot 19. A rare pair of finely carved jade 'dragon' pendants, Warring States Period (475-221 BC). Each 14.6cm (5 3/4in) long. Estimate HK$ 200,000-300,000. Sold for HK$ 275,000 (€ 32,621). Photo: Bonhams. Each dragon carved flat, with a backward-turned head detailed with small eyes and a long prominent snout, the elegantly undulating body carved with scrolling limbs and a dense pattern of tight scrolls on both sides, the stone of a pale straw-yellow tone. Note: Matching pendants of this... [Lire la suite]
30 mars 2020

A jade 'phoenix' plaque, Yuan-Ming dynasty (1279-1644)

Lot 3251. A jade 'phoenix' plaque, Yuan-Ming dynasty (1279-1644); 9.2 cm., 3 5/8 in. Estimate 60,000 -- 80,000 HKD. Lot Sold 75,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's. finely carved in the form of a phoenix with a slender neck above outstretched wings and a long feathery tail, the plumage defined with fine incisions, pierced at the beak with a small aperture for attachment, the stone of grey tone with warm russet and yellow patches. Property from The Peony Collection. Sotheby's.... [Lire la suite]

30 mars 2020

A jade carving of a mythical beast, Tang-Yuan dynasty (618-1368)

Lot 3257. A jade carving of a mythical beast, Tang-Yuan dynasty (618-1368); 5 cm., 2 in. Estimate 60,000 — 80,000 HKD. Lot Sold 87,500 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's. of pebble shape, the creature carved with a large rounded chest and a pot-bellied body, combined with rabbit feet and a bird head, its back covered with bifurcated ribbons and a large concentric 'rope' tail, the translucent stone of russet suffusions. Property from The Peony... [Lire la suite]
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30 mars 2020

A jade carving of a lion on lotus, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 3261. A jade carving of a lion on lotus, Tang dynasty (618-907); 5.7 cm., 2 1/4 in. Estimate 60,000 — 80,000 HKD. Lot Sold 200,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's. carved in the form of a seated lion on scrolling vegetal tendrils above an open lotus flower, its right paw raised to touch the lotus bud, its chest thrust proudly forward, the stone of an off-white nephrite tone with brown inclusions. Property from The Peony Collection. Exhibited: Jades from China, The... [Lire la suite]
20 mars 2020

An Ottoman jade and jewel-set belt buckle, Turkey, 17th century

Lot 134. An Ottoman jade and jewel-set belt buckle, Turkey, 17th century; 11 by 25cm. Estimate: 30,000 - 50,000 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's. slightly curved, with a central aperture and hidden sliding hinge, four thin stays on underside to fasten belt, the front worked in repoussé with foliate scrolls, set with encrusted jade plaques inlaid with gold and colourful stones, bordered by further stones set into shallow bud-shaped settings. Note: This magnificent belt buckle belongs to a very small group of... [Lire la suite]
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14 février 2020

A Jade 'Rockwork' Brushrest, Ming Dynasty (136-1644)

Lot 3688. A Jade 'Rockwork' Brushrest, Ming Dynasty (136-1644): 12.5 by 44 cm., 5 by 17 1/3  in. Estimate 100,000 — 150,000 HKD. Lot sold 250,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's. the horizontally oriented grey stone streaked with dark brown veins, pierced with irregular holes throughout and jagged edges resembling a scholar's rock, finished with a smooth polish, wood stand. Note:  Small jade brushrests finely worked in the form of naturally occuring, evocatively shaped... [Lire la suite]