28 décembre 2018

Bowl with children in a garden, Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Jiajing mark and period (1522–66), mid-16th century

Bowl with children in a garden, Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Jiajing mark and period (1522–66), mid-16th century. Porcelain painted in underglaze cobalt blue (Jingdezhen ware). H. 6 in. (15.2 cm); Diam. of mouth 12 1/4 in. (31.1 cm). Gift of Denise and Andrew Saul, 2001; 2001.738. © 2000–2018 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  The theme of boys playing was popular in Chinese decorative arts, as demonstrated by this blue-and-white porcelain bowl. Unlike carving and weaving, brush painting on porcelain... [Lire la suite]

15 août 2018

A rare and important blue and white 'Magic fountain' bottle vase, Ming dynasty, mid-16th century 

Lot 1654. A rare and important blue and white 'Magic fountain' bottle vase, Ming dynasty, mid-16th century; 12¾ in. (32.7 cm.) high. Estimate USD 150,000 - USD 250,000. Price realised USD 182,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011 The elongated pear-shaped body well painted on each side with an elephant with leaf-shaped ears lying atop the stepped base of an elaborate fountain with phoenix and animal-head spouts from which issue streams of water that splash into the basin and then from its sides, below... [Lire la suite]
29 décembre 2017

Coconut Cup with scenes from the story of the prodigal son, probably Nuremberg, mid-16th century

Coconut Cup with scenes from the story of the prodigal son, probably Nuremberg, mid-16th century. Coconut, carved, silver, gilded. H 28.0 cm, dia cup 13.2 cm, dm foot 11.0 cm; Weight: 693 g. Green Vault, IV 330. © Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. The "Native American" nuts imported from Central and South America have been processed by Western European goldsmiths into precious and imaginative drinking vessels since the second half of the 16th century, three examples of which are gathered here. The serving as Kuppa... [Lire la suite]
05 juillet 2017

A rare Chinese blue and white deep bell-shaped bowl, mid-16th century

Lot 84. A rare Chinese blue and white deep bell-shaped bowl, mid-16th century; 14.5cm dia. Estimate: £2,000 - 3,000. Hammer Price £ 2,600. Courtesy Woolley & Wallis The exterior painted with a continuous scene of figures and boats in a mountainous river landscape with houses and pagodas, the inner well with a medallion enclosing a similar design below a band of cranes and lotus. Provenance: formerly in the collection of Dr Arthur Spriggs, purchased from Sidney Michael in 1963 Woolley &... [Lire la suite]
20 janvier 2017

Two Ming Dynasty's Cloisonné, Vanderven Oriental Art at Brafa Art Fair, Brussels, 21-29 january 2017

Cloisonné Cup and Stand, China, Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), mid-16th century. Ø: 14.4 H: 4 cm. Vanderven Oriental Art at Brafa Art Fair, Brussels, 21-29 january 2017.  Provenance: Private Collection, The Netherlands 2014With Spink & Son London, UK 1990  Round Cloisonné Box, China, Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), mid-16th century. H: 3,8 cm; Ø: 20,5 cm. Vanderven Oriental Art at Brafa Art Fair, Brussels, 21-29 january 2017.  Vanderven Oriental Art. Chinese early ceramics from the Han... [Lire la suite]
05 août 2016

Pluto and Cerberus, Italian, Venice, mid-16th century

Pluto and Cerberus, Italian, Venice, mid-16th century. Bronze, dark brown patina. Height: 20 3/4 in. (52.7 cm). Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941; 41.100.80 © 2000–2016 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Pluto, the god of the underworld, stands with the three-headed hound Cerberus, who guards its gates. This impressive bronze group, produced in Venice under the influence of the sculptor Jacopo Sansovino, was left unfinished at several stages. First, it seems to have been interrupted when the artist was... [Lire la suite]

28 mai 2016

Exhibition explores the extravagant and innovative style displayed at King Francis I's château at Fontainebleau

Saint-Porchaire Workshop, Salt Cellar, mid-16th century. Lead-glazed earthenware. Private collection. NEW HAVEN, CONN.- Through a selection of prints, enamels, medals, sculptures, and paintings, Le Goût du Prince: Art and Prestige in Sixteenth-Century France explores the relationship between art and power during the French Renaissance, a time when patronage of the arts increasingly became a means for members of the aristocracy to assert their wealth and status. From architecture to tableware, everything at châteaux... [Lire la suite]
14 juillet 2015

French, mid-16th century, Domed casket

French, mid-16th century, Domed casket, monogrammed: DD or DE on the latch and the underside, gold damascened iron; 9 by 10.5 by 7cm., 3½ by 4 1/8  by 2¾in. Estimation  15,000 — 20,000  GBP -  Lot. Vendu 18,750 GBP. Photo Sotheby's Note: comparable casket with the arms and initials of Louis le Vallois was sold at Sotheby's Paris, 25 November 2010, lot 356. Sotheby's. Old Master Sculpture and Works of Art, 9 juillet 2015 -... [Lire la suite]
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11 avril 2015

"Sultans of Deccan India, 1500–1700: Opulence and Fantasy" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on April 20

Sultan ‘Ali ‘Adil Shah II Slays a Tiger. Attributed to the Bombay Painter (probably Abdul Hamid Naqqash), Bijapur, ca. 1660. Ink, opaque watercolor, gold, and probably lapis-lazuli pigment on paper, 8½ × 12⅜ in. (21.5 × 31.5 cm). The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Lent by Howard Hodgkin. NEW YORK - The Deccan plateau of south-central India was home to a succession of highly cultured Muslim kingdoms with a rich artistic heritage. Under their patronage in the 16th and 17th centuries, foreign influences—notably from Iran, Turkey,... [Lire la suite]
07 mai 2014

A calligraphic 'Dome of the Rock' pottery tile, Damascus or Jerusalem, mid-16th century

A calligraphic 'Dome of the Rock' pottery tile, Damascus or Jerusalem, mid-16th century. Photo Sotheby's. of square form, the white calligraphic letters with black outlines on a cobalt blue ground with turquoise foliate scrolls; 24.7 by 24.1cm. Estimation 5,000 — 8,000 GBP - Lot. Vendu 22,500 GBP Provenance: Acquired by Reginald Poland, Former Director, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, 1961 PROPERTY FROM THE HIGH MUSEUM OF ART, SOLD TO BENEFIT FUTURE ACQUISITIONS Sotheby's. Arts of the Islamic World, London | 09 avr.... [Lire la suite]