29 juillet 2019

An extremely rare Imperial lapis lazuli 'Lingzhi' washer, Qing dynasty, Yongzheng-Qianlong period (1723-1795)

Lot 3605. An extremely rare Imperial lapis lazuli 'Lingzhi' washer, Qing dynasty, Yongzheng-Qianlong period (1723-1795); 13.8 cm., 5 3/8  in. Estimate 1,000,000 — 1,500,000  HKD. Lot sold 1,250,000 HKD. © Sotheby's of oval form, the slightly flared sides rising from a tripod base to a foliate rim, finely carved in low relief on the exterior with a stalk of lingzhi issuing two meandering main branches bearing large... [Lire la suite]

28 août 2017

Pair of Achaemenid Gold Bracelets with Winged-caprid Termini with Cloisonne Inlay, mid-6th-4th century B.C.E.

Pair of Achaemenid Gold Bracelets with Winged-caprid Termini with Cloisonne Inlay, mid-6th-4th century B.C.E. Gold with lapis lazuli and carnelian inlay, W. 11.1 cm. each © Miho Museum These two magnificent bracelets are said to have originally belonged with the torque (cat. no. 38) and should likewise be attributed to the late Achaemenid period.1 An association of these pieces is corroborated by stylistic and technical similarities.  The bracelets are composed of separately made gold elements, such as the caprid terminals,... [Lire la suite]
28 août 2017

Achaemenid Gold Bracelet with Inlaid Termini in the Form of Seated Ducks, mid-6th-4th century B.C.E.

Achaemenid Gold Bracelet with Inlaid Termini in the Form of Seated Ducks, mid-6th-4th century B.C.E. Gold with lapis lazuli, turquoise, onyx, and rock crystal inlay, mid-6th-4th century B.C.E., W. 10.5 cm. © Miho Museum The jeweler of this bracelet chose ducks as terminal figures and combined them with a rather heavy looking circlet that can be opened. The ducks were fashioned separately, and all the feathers and the eyes were originally characterized by inlays. The ducks' bills are not preserved. The birds are fixed to a single... [Lire la suite]
28 août 2017

Achaemenid Gold Bracelet with Inlaid Termini in the Form of Duck's Heads, mid-6th-4th century B.C.E.

Achaemenid Gold Bracelet with Inlaid Termini in the Form of Duck's Heads, mid-6th-4th century B.C.E. Gold with lapis lazuli, agate, and carnelian inlay, W. 8 cm. © Miho Museum The massive bracelet is more or less a smaller, simplified version of catalogue number 40. The ducks are reduced to protomes with their heads turned back in a typical Achaemenid fashion.1 The bracelet is constructed of hollow gold tubing, and the duck protomes were formerly elaborately inlayed with colored stones. One duck bill is made of agate, the other of... [Lire la suite]
14 avril 2017

18-karat gold, lapis lazuli, emerald and coloured diamond brooch, Tiffany & Co., Designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany, 1915–1930

Lot 70. 18-karat gold, lapis lazuli, emerald and coloured diamond brooch, Tiffany & Co., Designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany, 1915–1930. Estimate $6,000–8,000. Photo: Sotheby's. The rectangular lapis lazuli plaque set at the sides with two cabochon emeralds measuring approximately 7.7 by 5.4 by 5.7 mm, the frame additionally set with six old European-cut diamonds of yellow hue weighing approximately .50 carat, gross weight approximately 14 dwts, signed Tiffany & Co.; 1915-1930. Exhibited: Shelburne... [Lire la suite]
24 mai 2016

A fine lapis lazuli waterpot, Jiaqing-Daoguang period (1796-1850)

Lot 14. A fine lapis lazuli waterpot, Jiaqing-Daoguang period (1796-1850). Estimate HK$60,000 - 80,000 (€6,900 - 9,200). Photo: Bonhams.  Finely carved as the Tang poet Li Bai in a recumbent position languidly resting against an empty wine jar, wearing a loose robe revealing the chest, the stone of a sapphire-blue tone with silvery-white inclusions. 10.2cm (4in) wide Notes: According to the manuscript note affixed to the underside, this object was on the table next to Governor Ye Mingchen... [Lire la suite]

08 août 2014

A selection of Animal Carvings by Gerd Dreher at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, September 16, 2014

A Fine Opal Carving, "The Pig," Gerd Dreher, Idar-Oberstein, Germany, 11.70 x 7.75 x 4.70 cm. Estimate $ 20,000-30,000. carved from an impressively large Brazilian opal nodule of even and richly saturated reddish orange color, the reclining pig is realistically depicted on a patch of rough ground, the skin intricately textured to suggest fine hair, the snout and ears fashioned to reveal the highly translucent and almost transparent gem quality of the opal, the eyes inset with hand painted details. Hand... [Lire la suite]
30 juin 2014

Symbolic & Chase at MASTERPIECES London 2014

David Webb. A gem-set and diamond chimera bangle. The carved coral bangle embellished with brilliant-cut diamonds within black enamel surrounds, to two chimera heads each accented with a cabochon sapphire, centring on two jade beads, circa 1972, signed Webb, stamped 18k for 18ct gold. Van Cleef & Arpels, A ruby and diamond 'Inséparbles' ring. Designed as two entwined lovebirds, their wings following the contour of the band, pavé-set with circular-cut diamonds, the eyes accented with a cabochon ruby, to a tapering yellow... [Lire la suite]
10 mai 2014

A carved lapis lazuli ‘Deer’ table screen, Qing dynasty

Lot 43. A carved lapis lazuli ‘Deer’ table screen, Qing dynasty;  23 by 15.8cm., 9 by 6 ¼ in. Estimate 8,000 — 12,000 GBP. Lot sold 21,250 GBP. © Sotheby's of rectangular form, carved to the front face with two deer in a rocky landscape with trees and lingzhi, the reverse inscribed and gilt with a Qianlong imperial poem, the stone of a dark blue tone with silvery-white inclusions, wood stand.  Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, London, 14 May 2014
02 mai 2014

A lapis lazuli 'chilong' paperweight, 18th-19th century

A lapis lazuli 'chilong' paperweight, 18th-19th century. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2014. The paperweight is of long rectangular form and is carved to the top with a sinuous chilong. The sides and base are decorated with scrolling clouds. The stone is of a vivid blue tone with some lighter inclusions and gold specks. 6 in. (15.3 cm.) long. Estimate £15,000 – £20,000 ($25,320 - $33,760) Christie's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 13 May 2014, London, King Street - http://www.christies.com/