02 mars 2019

A large 'pine forest' rhinoceros horn libation cup, late Ming-early Qing dynasty, 17th Century

Lot 380. A large 'pine forest' rhinoceros horn libation cup, late Ming-early Qing dynasty, 17th Century; 6 5/8 in., 16.8 cm. Estimate 30,000 - 40,000 USD. Lot sold 72,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the heavy and large truncated tapering horn carved with pines, paulownia and flowering trees scattered across mountain cliffs and high rocks, unusually empty of people and pavilions recalling a desolate mountain retreat, with a flowing stream depicted by unusual shallow-incised detached wavelets, the... [Lire la suite]

27 février 2019

An outstanding huanghuali single-board recessed-leg long table with trellis panels, Late Ming-Early Qing Dynasty

Lot 307. An outstanding huanghuali single-board recessed-leg long table with trellis panels, Late Ming-Early Qing Dynasty, 17th-18th Century; 31 1/2 by 90 3/4 by 18 1/2 in., 80 by 230.5 by 47 cm. Estimate 150,000 — 200,000 USD. Lot sold 180,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's with spectacular thick single-board top with central large 'ghost-face' whorls and flanking subsidiary whorls and superb grain overall, butted on the ends with upright grooved everted flanges, the outer edge with a... [Lire la suite]
25 février 2019

A spectacular 'ying xiong' rhinoceros horn libation cup, late Ming-early Qing dynasty, 17th Century

Lot 370. A spectacular 'ying xiong' rhinoceros horn libation cup, late Ming-early Qing dynasty, 17th Century; 6 3/4 in., 17.2 cm. Estimate 40,000 — 60,000 USD. Lot sold 240,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. possibly derived from Han and Tang period gilt-bronze 'parrot' or 'hawk' cups, the truncated tapering horn carved with a gigantic powerful eagle perched on the back of a mythical leonine bear to form the rebus yingxiong (representing heroic virtue), the... [Lire la suite]
25 février 2019

A fine pair of huanghuali yokeback armchairs, shichutouguanmaoyi, Late Ming-Early Qing Dynasty, 17th Century

Lot 350. A fine pair of huanghuali yokeback armchairs, shichutouguanmaoyi, Late Ming-Early Qing Dynasty, 17th Century; each 42 by 22 by 17 1/4 in., 106.7 by 56 by 44 cm. Estimate 180,000 — 220,000 USD. Lot sold 264,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. each composed of thick and generously proportioned members with a shaped headrest set on the curved crestrail, with truncated terminals supported on slightly S-shaped backsplat and backposts continuing through the seatframe to form the straight back... [Lire la suite]
12 février 2019

A pair of bronze figures of boys, Late Ming-early Qing dynasty, 17th century

Lot 713. A pair of bronze figures of boys, Late Ming-early Qing dynasty, 17th century; 12¼ and 11¾ in. (31 and 30 cm.) high. Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. Price realised USD 15,000. © Christie’s Image Ltd 2014. Each boy is shown standing on a pedestal base and wears sash-tied pants, a torque hung with a ruyi-shaped pendant, bangles around his wrists and ankles, and has a hollow, rectangular basket strapped to his back.  Provenance: Anna Ilsley Ball Kneeland (1865-1955), New York, acquired 1918-1931, and thence by... [Lire la suite]
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12 février 2019

A brown and beige jade bronze-form censer, Late Ming-early Qing dynasty, 16th-17th century

Lot 712. A brown and beige jade bronze-form censer, Late Ming-early Qing dynasty, 16th-17th century; 5 5/8 in. (14.2 cm.) wide across handles. Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 8,000. Price realised USD 10,625. © Christie’s Image Ltd 2014. Made in the shape of a bronze gui, the censer is raised on a slightly spreading ring foot, and carved on each side with a taotie mask below a band of angular dragon scroll which is interrupted by the pair of handles, each surmounted by an animal mask and with a pendent tab at the bottom.... [Lire la suite]

30 janvier 2019

A Pair of Huanghuali Horseshoe-Back Armchairs, Quanyi, Late Ming-Early Qing Dynasty

Lot 1. A Pair of Huanghuali Horseshoe-Back Armchairs, Quanyi, Late Ming-Early Qing Dynasty; 101 by 73 by 56cm., 39 3/4 by 28 3/4 by 22in. Estimate 30,000 — 50,000 GBP. Lot sold 161,000 GBP. © Sotheby's 2015 each with curving toprail sloping down to the arms supported on serpentine side posts and terminating in a curved hook beyond the corner posts set with shaped spandrels, the backsplat carved with a ruyi-shaped panel enclosing a stylised altar emblem, the back corner posts... [Lire la suite]
24 janvier 2019

A rare and exceptionally well-carved 'Hundred Boys' rhinoceros horn libation cup, Late Ming-early Qing dynasty, 17th century

Lot 1815. A rare and exceptionally well-carved 'Hundred Boys' rhinoceros horn libation cup, Late Ming-early Qing dynasty, 17th century; 7 in. (17.8 cm.) high. Weight: 24 oz. (683 gm.). Estimate HKD 3,500,000 - HKD 4,000,000. Price Realized HKD 25,300,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2010. The sides crisply carved in high relief with groups of children to the interior and exterior in a garden setting strewn with rockwork, pines, streams, a pavilion, and a bridge, some of the boys engaged in discussion under... [Lire la suite]
30 décembre 2018

A turquoise-glazed censer and wood cover, late Ming-early Qing dynasty

Lot 1124. A turquoise-glazed censer and wood cover, late Ming-early Qing dynasty. Width 17 1/8  in., 43.5 cm. Estimate $4,000 - $6,000. Sold: $5,000. © Sotheby's of slightly compressed ovoid form with upswept handles, supported by three stout legs in the form of grimacing beast heads terminating in paw feet, the interior and base unglazed, wood cover and stand (3). Provenance: Collection of Constance B. Mellon (1942-1983) New York and Washington D.C. Sotheby's. Saturday at Sotheby's:... [Lire la suite]
20 septembre 2018

A Longquan celadon vase, gu, late Ming-early Qing dynasty

Lot 38. A Longquan celadon vase, gu, late Ming-early Qing dynasty; 7 7/8 in. (20 cm.) high, box. Estimate HKD 30,000 - HKD 50,000 (USD 3,840 - USD 6,401). © Christie's Images Ltd 2018 Provenance: A European private collection, acquired in the 1970s and early 1980sAalderink, Amsterdam, acquired in 1982Sold at Christie’s London, 7 November 2012, lot 463.  Christie's. The Pavilion Sale - Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 4 October 2018