22 avril 2019

Artcurial to sell the Bouvier collections during its auction dedicated to Archaeology and Oriental Arts

Lot 168. An Egyptian wooden and bronze Hathor head, Third Intermediate Period, 21st-22nd Dynasty, circa 1069-715 B.C. Tête d’Hathor en bois et bronze, Égypte, 3e période intermédiaire, XXIe-XXIIe dynastie, vers 1069-715 Av.J.C. Applique en bois en forme de tête féminine. Haut. 22,2 cm; Larg. : 6,5 cm. Estimation : 25 000 - 28 000 €. Courtesy Artcurial   PARIS.- On May 15th, Artcurial will disperse the Bouvier collections during its auction dedicated to archeology and... [Lire la suite]

07 avril 2019

A Rare Limestone Head of Avalokiteshvara, Tang Dynasty, 7th-10th Century

Lot 3034. A Rare Limestone Head of Avalokiteshvara, Tang Dynasty, 7th-10th Century: H 39cm. Estimate HKD 900,000 - 1,200,000 (USD 114,633 - 152,844). Lot sold HKD 1,062,000 (USD 135,267). © Poly Auction Hong Kong Limited. Provenance: 1. Yamanaka & Co., Tokyo, 19322. A Private Japanese Collection, and thence by descent3. Sotheby's Hong Kong, 5 April 2015, lot.2930. Exhibited: Sekai Kobijutsu Dai Tenrankai [Expo of World antiques], Yamanaka & Co. and Tokyo Bijutsu Club, Nihon Bijutsu... [Lire la suite]
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12 mars 2019

A large and impressive limestone figure of a standing bodhisattva, Tang dynasty (618-906)

Lot 565. A large and impressive limestone figure of a standing bodhisattva, Tang dynasty (618-906). Height 42 1/2  in., 108 cm. Estimate 600,000 — 800,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. positioned atop a waisted, integral double-lotus base, standing with the slender right arm suspended by the side grasping a sash in the fleshy hand, the left arm tucked close to the body and bent at the elbow, the exposed torso with a rounded belly and the hips tilted forward above straight... [Lire la suite]
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25 février 2019

A rare limestone wall fragment of a flying apsaras playing the drum, Northern Wei dynasty, 6th century, Longmen Caves

Lot 506. A rare limestone wall fragment of a flying apsaras playing the drum, Northern Wei dynasty, 6th century, Longmen Caves. Height 21 in., 53.4 cm. Estimate 200,000 — 300,000 USD. Lot sold 1,059,200 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the charcoal-grey stone finely carved as an apsaras, or angelic being, in flight, dressed in a robe with wide billowing sleeves below a short fitted vest, moving to its left but turning its head sharply to the right while holding in the left arm a small... [Lire la suite]
25 février 2019

A rare limestone seated figure of a 'Pensive' Maitreya, Northern Wei Dynasty, early 6th century, Longmen Caves

Lot 503. A rare limestone seated figure of a 'Pensive' Maitreya, Northern Wei Dynasty, early 6th century, Longmen Caves; 23 3/8 in., 59.5 cm. Estimate 300,000 — 500,000 USD. Lot sold 1,361,600 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the grey stone originally part of a wall fragment, deftly carved with the youthful prince seated upon a lotus pedestal base with legs crossed at the ankles, head bent slightly to its left and the left hand gently cradling its cheek in ‘pensive’ posture, the right hand resting... [Lire la suite]
23 février 2019

A rare limestone head of Buddha, Tang dynasty, Early 8th century, possibly Longmen caves

Lot 375. A rare limestone head of Buddha, Tang dynasty, Early 8th century, possibly Longmen caves; 11 in. (28 cm.) high. Estimate USD 30,000 - USD 50,000. Price Realized USD 62,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2008 The long face carved with serene expression, with crisply carved mouth and nose whose edges continue up into the well-defined brows gracefully arched above the equally well-carved eyes, the hair dressed in tight spiralled curls that also cover the prominent usnisa, the fine-grained grey... [Lire la suite]

22 février 2019

A rare grey limestone head of a monk, Sengqie, Song dynasty (960-1279)

Lot 377. A rare grey limestone head of a monk, Sengqie, Song dynasty (960-1279); 7 5/8 in. (19.3 cm.) high. Estimate $7,000 - USD 9,000. Price Realized $16,250. © Christie's Image Ltd 2008 The long, expressive face well carved with pronounced cheek bones, long straight nose, and downcast eyes set below thick brows, the top of the head draped with a cowl, traces of red and black pigments, wood stand.  Provenance: Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, 5 May 1979, lot 249.Ralph M. Chait Galleries,... [Lire la suite]
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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]