28 novembre 2022

A small parcel-gilt silver cosmetic box and cover, Tang dynasty, 2nd half of 8th century

Lot 125. A small parcel-gilt silver cosmetic box and cover, Tang dynasty, 2nd half of 8th century; d. 3.7 cm, h. 2.1 cm. Lot sold: 126,000 HKD (Estimate: 30,000 - 50,000 HKD). © Sotheby's 2022 of circular form, the slightly domed cover and the base of the box intricately worked in repoussé, each with a rosette comprising of an elaborate interlaced scroll encircling a central hexafoil floret, the tendrils bearing on and enclosed by looping stems, all against a densely ring-matted background,... [Lire la suite]

15 juillet 2022

A parcel-gilt silver bowl with cover, Liao dynasty, dated 1025

Lot 3138. A parcel-gilt silver bowl with cover, Liao dynasty, dated 1025. D 15.5cm 352g. Unsold (Estimate HKD 1,000,000 - 1,500,000). © Poly Auction Hong Kong Limited 2022. Exhibited: 1. Musée Baur, Geneva, L’or des steppes, Arts somptuaires de la dynastie Liao, 2007, catalogue no.40. Literature: Crick M., L’or des steppes, Arts somptuaires de la dynastie Liao, Geneva, 2007, pp. 174-175, no. 40. Poly Auction. Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 14 Jul 2022
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12 juillet 2022

A 'mandarin ducks' parcel-gilt silver bowl, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 3146. A 'mandarin ducks' parcel-gilt silver bowl, Tang dynasty (618-907). W 15.1cm 119g. Estimate HKD 50,000 - 80,000. Lot sold 48,000 HKD. © Poly Auction Hong Kong Limited 2022. Provenance: An American private collection. Literature: Michael C. Teller IV, Royal Chinese Treasures: Tang and Song Dynasties, Willamsburg, Virginia, 1991, p. 6-7, pl.3. Poly Auction. Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 14 Jul 2022
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26 février 2022

An engraved parcel-gilt silver 'ducks' bowl, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907)

Lot 753. An engraved parcel-gilt silver 'ducks' bowl, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907); 8 in. (20.4 cm.) high, Japanese double wood box. Estimate USD 80,000 – USD 120,000. Price realised USD 88,200. © Christie's 2022 The bowl is raised on a circular foot and the interior is engraved with a central medallion of two ducks amidst lotus leaves and other acquatic plants below five leafy spreays in the well, all picked out in gilding. The exterior is left undecorated.  Provenance: Eurasian-Art Inc., Tokyo, 8... [Lire la suite]
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17 février 2022

German parcel-gilt silver from The Robert G. Vater Collection sold at London, 27 Jan - 10 Feb 2022

Lot 67. A German parcel-gilt silver tankard, Passau, circa 1580, unidentified maker's mark CR; 6 ⅝ in. (16.8 cm.) high, 12 oz. 19 dwt. (403 gr.). Price Realised GBP 18,750 (Estimate GBP 3,000 - GBP 5,000). © Christie's 2022 On three winged cherub feet, the tapering cylindrical body chased in centre with a fruiting vine flanked by initials 'MFB' within a laurel wreath, and below the rim with inscription, the scroll handle with female bust terminal, the domed cover engraved with... [Lire la suite]
08 septembre 2021

Two Extraordinary Tang Silver Vessels Formerly in the Renowned Collection of Carl Kempe at Christie's NY, 23-24 september 2021

Made during the Tang dynasty (618–907) for a client of elevated stature, perhaps even for a member of the imperial court, these handsome vessels of hammered silver—a bowl and a dish—were formerly a part of the famous collection assembled by renowned Swedish collector Carl Kempe (1884–1967) and thus claim a distinguished, even enviable, provenance. The vessels were ultimately inspired by luxury goods crafted in precious metals that were reaching Chang’an (modern Xi’an), the Tang capital, from ancient Iran via the fabled Silk Route,... [Lire la suite]

21 avril 2021

A pair of parcel-gilt silver foliate-form 'phoenix' boxes and covers, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 201. A pair of parcel-gilt silver foliate-form 'phoenix' boxes and covers, Tang dynasty (618-907). Width 2 ¾ in., 7 cm. Estimate: 15,000 - 20,000 USD. Lot sold: 31,500 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. each of generally circular section with the undulating sides divided into four bracket foliations, the central panel of each box and cover worked in repoussé with a phoenix in motion, the wings and legs outstretched and the long tail sweeping overhead, a leafy fruiting... [Lire la suite]
03 janvier 2021

A Baltic parcel-gilt silver beaker and cover, Michael Kresner III, (Riga), circa 1760

Lot 95. A Baltic parcel-gilt silver beaker and cover, Michael Kresner III, (Riga), circa 1760; 28cm., 11in. high; 1146gr, 36oz 16dwt. Estimate: 3,000 - 5,000 GBP. Lot sold: 7,560 GBP. Photo Sotheby's. Tapering, cylindrical with spreading foot and gadrooned rims, fitted with ten 17th and early 18th century coins and medals enclosed by engraved foliage, the base with a Wismar 32 Schilling, dated 1632, cover spirally fluted as seen from the inside, the cover fitted with an early 18th century embossed plaquette... [Lire la suite]
03 janvier 2021

A German parcel-gilt silver tankard, Johann Rohde, Danzig, Barock, circa 1690

Lot 95. A German parcel-gilt silver tankard, Johann Rohde, Danzig, Barock, circa 1690; 18.5cm, 7 1/2 in. high; 886gr, 28oz 16dwt. Estimate: 2,000 - 3,000 GBP. Lot sold: 12,600 GBP. Photo Sotheby's. of cartouche form, carved on both sides with Biblical subjects. Provenance: Neumeister, Munich, sale catalogue N. 183, 2008, lot 526 Auktionskatalog 183, S. 85, Nr. 526, Abb. Tafel 81.; vgl. M. Meinz, Schönes Silber, München 1977, Abb. 20. Sotheby's. Royal & Noble. London, 7... [Lire la suite]
17 février 2020

An unusual parcel-gilt silver octagonal box and cover, 18th century

Lot 1399. An unusual parcel-gilt silver octagonal box and cover, 18th century; 4 5/16 in. (10.9 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 7,000 - USD 9,000. Price realised USD 47,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011. The center of the cover decorated in high relief and undercut with two buddhistic lions frolicking on either side of a tree peony, with a bird in flight above, the sides of the cover and the box with panels of different plants and trees, some including birds or insects, all with gilt highlights... [Lire la suite]