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]
08 janvier 2020

A rare miniature parcel-gilt silver circular box and cover, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907)

Lot 1467. A rare miniature parcel-gilt silver circular box and cover, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907); 4 in. (10 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 50,000 - USD 70,000. Price realised USD 50,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013. The slightly domed top of the cover and the bottom of the box are identically and finely decorated with a central flower head encircled by a leafy border that has eight radiating foliate stems separated by similar foliate stems, all within scrolled tendrils issuing from a narrow border and an outer... [Lire la suite]

08 janvier 2020

A rare miniature parcel-gilt silver globular tripod jar, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907)

Lot 1466. A rare miniature parcel-gilt silver globular tripod jar, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907); 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm.) wide. Estimate USD 25,000 - USD 35,000. Price realised USD 27,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013. The jar is raised on three cabriole legs engraved with feathers, and is finely chased around the sides with three stylized flower heads and another on the underside, which are surrounded by various birds in flight and various animals shown amidst stylized plants, all below two pairs of birds in... [Lire la suite]
08 janvier 2020

A rare miniature parcel-gilt silver shell-form box and cover, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907)

Lot 1465. A rare miniature parcel-gilt silver shell-form box and cover, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907); 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm.) wide. Estimate USD 15,000 - USD 20,000. Price realised USD 27,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013. The hinged box is realistically formed as a clam shell, with a pair of cranes finely engraved on one half and a pair of parrots on the other half, each pair trailing knotted cords from their beaks as they fly amidst flowering, leafy stems within a plain outer border. The two hinge mounts are... [Lire la suite]
29 août 2019

A very rare parcel-gilt silver box and cover, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 203. A very rare parcel-gilt silver box and cover, Tang dynasty (618-907). Diameter 2 1/4  in., 5.8 cm. Estimate USD 20,000 — 30,000. Courtesy Sotheby's. delicately fashioned in a six-lobed form, the domed cover finely decorated to the top in repoussé and parcel-gilt with a ferocious lion grasping in its mouth and powerful foreclaws a fallen deer, the box similarly decorated to the underside with a lion pouncing on a deer (2). Provenance: Frank Caro,... [Lire la suite]
20 août 2019

Song Dynasty Masterpieces of Early Chinese Gold and Silver from Dr. Johan Carl Kempe at Christie's NY

Lot 570. A fine and very rare gold dish, Song dynasty (960-1279); 5 ¼ in. (13.5 cm.) diam.; weight 103 g. Estimate USD 300,000 - USD 500,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2019. The circular dish is chased in the center with a dense, elegant design of two leafy, S-shaped stems, each bearing a large blossom, and the flat, everted rim is chased with a band of 'cash' pattern below the rolled edge. Provenance: Dr. Johan Carl Kempe (1884-1967) Collection, Sweden, before 1953, no. 52.Sotheby's... [Lire la suite]