28 décembre 2018

Panel with boys at play, Ming dynasty (1368–1644), late 16th–early 17th century

 Panel with boys at play, Ming dynasty (1368–1644), late 16th–early 17th century. Silk and metal thread tapestry (kesi). Overall: 18 1/4 x 15 in. (46.4 x 38.1 cm). Fletcher Fund, 1936; 36.65.30. © 2000–2018 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  This textile is probably a portion of a much larger piece, perhaps a hanging, that would have illustrated many groups of small boys at play in a garden. Items bearing this popular theme were particularly favored as wedding gifts, for the boys symbolize increase,... [Lire la suite]

27 mars 2018

A highly important and magnificent rhinoceros horn 'Dragon' vessel, Holy Roman Empire, late 16th–early 17th century

Lot 3039. A highly important and magnificent rhinoceros horn 'Dragon' vessel, Holy Roman Empire, late 16th–early 17th century; 54.2 cm, 21 3/8  in. Estimate 8,000,000 — 9,000,000 HKD. © Sotheby's 2018 powerfully carved as a mighty winged dragon depicted poised on all four feet, bristling with latent energy, its long scaly body boldly carved in relief with ribbed neck and naturalistic scales, its entire form suffused with impending movement, the splendid long tail depicted curling... [Lire la suite]
26 juillet 2013

Some blue and white Islamic 'chinoisries' at the MET

Jar with Lion and Landscape Elements. Iran, first half 18th century. Stonepaste; painted under transparent glaze; brass. H. 11 in. (27.9 cm). Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915. 30.95.160a, b. The MetropolitanMuseum of Art. © 2000–2013 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The centuries-long popularity of Chinese ceramics in the Islamic world continued into the Safavid era in Iran, as attested by pieces like this which were inspired by the shapes and conventions of painting particular to China. Of course,... [Lire la suite]