13 septembre 2018

A limestone relief fragment of Vimalakirti, Northern Wei dynasty (386-534)

Lot 9. A limestone relief fragment of Vimalakirti, Northern Wei dynasty (386-534). Height 13 3/4  in., 38 cm. Estimate: 120,000 — 150,000 USD. Lot sold 250,000 .© Sotheby's. the wise layman depicted smiling, in a recumbent seated position on a platform bed, the raised hand holding a deer-tailed fan, wearing a high Phrygian cap and layers of robes, the lowered hand resting on the lap and the feet carved in relief with naturalistic contour and perspective, supported and mounted on... [Lire la suite]

06 septembre 2018

A large and rare brown conglomerate limestone head of a luohan, Song-Early Ming dynasty

Lot 14. A large and rare brown conglomerate limestone head of a luohan, Song-Early Ming dynasty. Height of head 16 1/4  in., 41.3 cm. Estimate: 150,000-250,000 USD. Lot sold 927,000 USD. © Sotheby's. expressively carved, the full rounded head with furrowed brows and finely articulated eyebrows beneath a heavily lined forehead, the deeply-lidded wrinkled eyes peering out above a softly rounded nose and a prominent chin, flanked by long pendulous earlobes, with short hairs incised to the crown and... [Lire la suite]
06 septembre 2018

An exceptional large limestone figure of a Bodhisattva, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 8. An exceptional large limestone figure of a Bodhisattva, Tang dynasty (618-907). Height 39 1/2  in., 100 cm. Estimate: 1,500,000 — 2,500,000 USD. Lot sold 4,335,000 USD. © Sotheby's.  carved in an elegantly eased standing posture with the proper right hand raised, holding vestiges of a kalasa, the left hand lowered and lightly lifting a draped sash and garments, the hair gathered high in a neatly spiraled topknot encircled by a diadem and falling down... [Lire la suite]
06 septembre 2018

A superbly carved and extremely large limestone head of Buddha, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 5. A superbly carved and extremely large limestone head of Buddha, Tang dynasty (618-907). Height 27 1/2  in., 70 cm. Estimate: 2,000,000-3,000,000 USD. © Sotheby's. the deity carved with a full face, with high arched brows above hooded eyes, half-closed in a sublimely serene countenance, with rounded full cheeks, the lips full and bowed, the face framed by tightly coiled hair above the smooth forehead and over the ushnisha, mounted on a high pedestal (2). Provenance: Tonying... [Lire la suite]
18 août 2018

A very rare gilded and painted limestone Buddhist plaque, late Yuan-early Ming dynasty, late 14th century 

Lot 226. A very rare gilded and painted limestone Buddhist plaque, late Yuan-early Ming dynasty, late 14th century; 19¼ x 13½ in. (49 x 34.3 cm.). Estimate USD 120,000 - USD 180,000. Price realised USD 504,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2007. The rectangular plaque finely carved in the center with Buddha Aksobhya seated indhyanasana on a waisted lotus throne draped in the center with a cloth, with right hand in bhumisparsamudra and left resting in the lap in dhyanamudra,... [Lire la suite]
18 mai 2018

A rare limestone head of Guanyin, 12th-13th century

Lot 64. A rare limestone head of Guanyin, 12th-13th century; 43.3cm (17in) high. Estimate £50,000 - 80,000. Sold for £ 62,500 (€ 71,551) inc. premium. © Bonhams 2001-2018 The head finely carved in sensuous volumes, the full fleshy face with slightly downcast eyes accentuated by wide arched eyebrows, straight nose, plump pouty lips and subtle double-chin, the forehead with a circular recess to hold the urna, with pendulous ears and neatly-dressed hair drawn up in a high chignon secured by a foliate... [Lire la suite]

03 mai 2018

Six Dynasties Art from the Norman A. Kurland Collection (Part one) at Eskenazi

This exhibition features a superb selection of Six Dynasties art (220 to 581 AD) assembled over four decades by Norman A. Kurland, a renowned film and television agent. His focused and scholarly eye has led him to form perhaps the best collection of Six Dynasties art in private hands. The thirty-eight pieces in the current exhibition, though limited primarily to the fifth and sixth centuries, range widely in material – stone sculptures, earthenware figures, gilt-bronze metalwork and glazed ceramics. Highlights include rare examples of... [Lire la suite]
28 mars 2018

A rare limestone votive stele, Tang dynasty, dated 1st year of the Tiaolu reign (in accordance with 679)

Lot 3066. A rare limestone votive stele, Tang dynasty, dated 1st year of the Tiaolu reign (in accordance with 679); 91 cm, 35 3/4  in. Estimate 1,600,000 — 2,000,000 HKD. © Sotheby's 2018 of rectangular section, the substantial slab carved with straight sides and a rounded upper edge, all resting sturdily on a rectangular plinth, one side centred with a main niche supporting a figure of Shakyamuni Buddha seated on a lotus base, flanked by Ananda and Kasyapa as well as... [Lire la suite]
27 mars 2018

A superbly carved and extremely rare limestone fragmentary figure of a Bodhisattva, Tang dynasty (618-907)

  Lot 3023. A superbly carved and extremely rare limestone fragmentary figure of a Bodhisattva, Tang dynasty; 63.5 cm, 25 in. Estimate 8,000,000 — 12,000,000 HKD. Lot Sold 15,720,000 HKD. © Sotheby's 2018 exquisitely carved in the form of a slender, elegant figure standing in the pronounced tribhanga pose on a circular base decorated with overlapping lotus petals in relief, portrayed with the hips gently thrust forward and slung slightly to one side, depicted dressed in... [Lire la suite]
26 octobre 2017

An important and rare carved limestone head of Buddha, Tang Dynasty, 7th-8th Century, Longmen Caves

Lot 95. An important and rare carved limestone head of Buddha, Tang Dynasty, 7th-8th Century, Longmen Caves. Estimate 80,000 — 100,000 USD. Lot sold 102,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. carved from a grey limestone in full rounded volumes, the oval face with slender almond shaped eyes with heavy eyelids below tapered arching eyebrows issuing from the broad nose, with a small bud mouth of full lips with lightly incised trim above a broad double chin with a thick round neck, all below the hair and... [Lire la suite]