29 août 2019

A painted gray pottery figure of a mythical beast, Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220)

Lot 752. A painted gray pottery figure of a mythical beast, Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220). Length 14 in., 35.6 cm. Estimate USD 8,000 — 12,000. Courtesy Sotheby's. striding forward with head lowered, the mouth pulled back in a fierce snarl, the arched neck ridged with three pointed horns, three compressed bosses along the spine, a pair of stylized wings over the powerful forelegs, the tail raised and curling over the back, traces of white slip. Provenance: Collection of Alfred Speelman... [Lire la suite]

26 août 2019

A rare gold and silver-inlaid bronze mythical beast, Western Han dynasty (206 BC – AD 8)

Lot 234. A rare gold and silver-inlaid bronze mythical beast, Western Han dynasty (206 BC – AD 8). Width 5 in., 12.8 cm. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the powerful feline cast coiled with its head turned sharply round, detailed with the ears folded flat at the sides above a short mane, its large eyes set under curving brows above a short nose, its neck encircled by a studded collar, its sinuous body extending to a long tail curled under its stretched rear leg, with fine... [Lire la suite]
07 août 2019

A small celadon jade carving of a mythical beast, longma, Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century

Lot 3242. A small celadon jade carving of a mythical beast, longma, Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century; 1 7/8 in. (4.9 cm.) wide. Estimate HKD 50,000 - HKD 70,000. Price Realized HKD 25,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2010  The mythical beast depicted as a recumbent horse resting on a sea of swirling waves with its head sharply turned to rest beside a stack of ribbon-tied scrolls on its back, the softly polished stone with russet and grey inclusions well-used within the carving. ... [Lire la suite]
30 avril 2019

Yixing from a Princely Collection at Christie's London, 14 May 2019

Pearls and jades of this world cannot be compared to the clay of YixingWang Wenbo, Tao Qi Xing Zeng Chen Mingyuan 人間珠玉安足取,豈如陽羨溪頭一丸土汪文柏 《陶器行贈陳鳴遠》 Lot 84. A rare Yixing signed and dated square seal, signed You Qinqing, dated to autumn of the bingxu year of Daoguang, corresponding to 1826, and of the period; 2 7/8 in. (4.8 cm.) square. Estimate GBP 12,000 - GBP 18,000 (USD 15,516 - USD 23,274). © Christie's Images Ltd 2019. The tortoise-form knop is worked with a textured carapace and pierced... [Lire la suite]
10 avril 2019

An extremely rare yellow and russet jade figure of a mythical beast, Six Dynasties (220-589)

  Lot 3405. An extremely rare yellow and russet jade figure of a mythical beast, Six Dynasties (220-589); 7.5 cm, 3 in. Estimate 2,200,000 — 2,800,000 HKD. Lot sold 2,250,000 HKD (289,823 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's. superbly and powerfully worked as a snarling lion or chimera crouching with the body slightly turned to the left, the mythical beast rendered ferocious with the head held high above the protruding chest marked with a series of horizontal folds, the... [Lire la suite]
05 mars 2019

A painted gray pottery figure of a mythical beast, Han dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD)

Lot 110. A painted gray pottery figure of a mythical beast, Han dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD). Width 16 1/4  in., 41.8 cm. Estimate 5,000 — 7,000 USD. Lot Sold 32,500 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the beast modeled standing four square, with head lowered and muscular haunches bracing as if about to charge, the crown and neck with three imposing pointed horns, a row of four studs along the spine, continuing to a long tail curled back, the right hind leg with a large grooved spiral, with... [Lire la suite]

04 mars 2019

An exceptionally rare beige jade carving of a mythical beast, Han dynasty - Six Dynasties

Lot 134. An exceptionally rare beige jade carving of a mythical beast,  Han dynasty - Six Dynasties. Length 2 1/4  in., 5.8 cm. Estimate 300,000 — 500,000 USD. Lot Sold 740,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's the winged leonine beast standing four square, the compact rounded body tensed on four short legs, the long tail sweeping from between the hind legs to rest on the left haunch, with finely incised lines detailing the mane and body, the translucent gray stone with pale brown inclusions. ... [Lire la suite]
26 novembre 2018

An iron articulated sculpture of a mythical beast (shachi), Edo period (18th-19th century)

Lot 3827. An iron articulated sculpture of a mythical beast (shachi), Edo period (18th-19th century); 20 ½ in. (52.1 cm.) long. Estimate HKD 2,800,000 - HKD 4,000,000 (USD 358,890 - USD 512,700). Unsold. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018. The russet-iron mythical beast with tiger head and fish body finely constructed of numerous hammered plates jointed inside the body; the mouth opens, the tongue moves, the fins open and spread and the body bends, the head applied with elaborate horns and spines and the eyes... [Lire la suite]
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30 avril 2017

600-year-old rare lacquer dish leads Sotheby's Chinese Art Sales in London

Lot 138. A Magnificent and Extremely Rare Large Carved Cinnabar Lacquer Dish, Late Yuan-Early Ming Dynasty, 44.5cm. Est. £400,000-600,000 / HK$3,860,000-5,790,000. Lot sold 1,568,750 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's LONDON.- Following an outstanding year in Chinese art, Sotheby’s Important Chinese Art auction in London on 10 May 2017 showcases a selection of notable Chinese ceramics and works of art across the disciplines of imperial porcelain, lacquer, jade and Buddhist sculpture. Skilfully crafted and spanning... [Lire la suite]
16 avril 2017

A white jade figure of a mythical beast, Ming dynasty (1368-1644)

Lot 3715. A white jade figure of a mythical beast, Ming dynasty (1368-1644), 7 cm, 2 3/4  in. Estimate 150,000 — 200,000 HKD. Lot sold 187,500 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's.   worked recumbent with legs tucked underneath its body and the tail curled alongside its rear haunches, the single-horned head turned sharply backwards looking at its knopped spine, the face detailed with large rounded eyes beneath curled eyebrows, funnel-shaped ears, flaring nostrils and a wide grinning mouth, the stone of an even... [Lire la suite]