27 février 2022

A very rare silver octogonal dish, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279)

Lot 763. A very rare silver octogonal dish, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279); 7 in. (17.7 cm.) wide. Estimate USD 10,000 – USD 15,000. Price realised USD 13,860. © Christie's 2022 The interior of the dish is decorated in repoussé with a scene of two figures at leisure and an attendant playing the qin in a courtyard flanked by pavilions. The courtyard is centered by a lotus pond from which emits vapor supporting a writhing dragon, while a phoenix is shown descending to one... [Lire la suite]
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27 février 2022

A silver ‘chrysanthemum’ cup, Song dynasty (AD 960-1279)

Lot 761. A silver ‘chrysanthemum’ cup, Song dynasty (AD 960-1279); 3 1⁄2 in. (9 cm.) diam., Japanese wood box. Estimate USD 8,000 – USD 12,000. Unsold. © Christie's 2022 The rounded sides are formed by four bands of petals radiating from the convex center chased with two bees resting on closely packed stamens. Note: A silver chrysanthemum-form cup similarly decorated on the interior with a pair of bees resting on packed stamens, but raised on a tall, flared foot, was unearthed from a Yuan... [Lire la suite]
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27 février 2022

A silver ‘lotus’ cup, Song dynasty (AD 960-1279)

Lot 760. A silver ‘lotus’ cup, Song dynasty (AD 960-1279); 3 3⁄4 in. (9.3 cm.) diam., Japanese wood box. Estimate USD 6,000 – USD 8,000. Unsold. © Christie's 2022 The cup has rounded sides chased with overlapping petals with stamens rising over the top row just below the mouth rim. The center of the interior is chased with a ring of stamens encircling a seed pod. The stem foot is incised with a narrow band of undulating waves below a four-character inscription on one side reading Wang Shi lian... [Lire la suite]
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26 février 2022

A small silver box and cover, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907)

Lot 751. A small silver  box and cover, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907); 1 in. (2.5 cm.) diam., cloth box. Estimate USD 4,000 – USD 6,000. Price realised USD 4,410. © Christie's 2022 The cover with lobed sides is finely decorated at the center with a six-petaled flower, and further decorated with floral patterns.  Provenance: Galaxie Art (B. K. Wong), Hong Kong, 27 October 1989. Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 25 march 2022
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23 février 2022

A rare jade, silver and gold-inlaid bronze belt hook, Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220)

Lot 725. A rare jade, silver and gold-inlaid bronze belt hook, Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220); 7 3⁄4 in. (19.9 cm.) long, cloth box. Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000. Price realised USD 52,920. © Christie's 2022 The shaft is inlaid with five gold plaques decorated with coiled beasts interspersed with four pale greyish-green jade plaques with commas. The outer border is further decorated with gold and silver inlays with angular scroll design.  Provenance: Galaxie Art (B. K. Wong),... [Lire la suite]
31 décembre 2021

An engraved silver tea caddy and cover, Late Tang dynasty (618-907)

  Lot 5009. An engraved silver tea caddy and cover, Late Tang dynasty (618-907); 6.8 cm. Lot sold: 119,700 HKD (Estimate: 40,000 - 60,000 HKD). © Sotheby's 2021 the base inscribed with an inscription reading Xuan Hui jiufang Yu zi hao. Provenance: Antique Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan. An American private collection. Note: Compare a silver bowl engraved with a similar mark, excavated from Beiyin village in Liulin city, Yaozhou district, Shaanxi in 1985, which is now... [Lire la suite]
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31 décembre 2021

A silver 'goose' tea spoon, Tang dynasty (618-907)

  Lot 5008. A silver 'goose' tea spoon, Tang dynasty (618-907); 28.3 cm. Lot sold: 60,480 HKD (Estimate: 30,000 - 50,000 HKD). © Sotheby's 2021 Provenance: Ben Janssens, London, 2015..  Note: Tea spoons were originally used as utensils to measure and transfer powdered-form tea from the tea brazier to a tea bowl. During the early period of diancha (tea whisking) culture, the tea spoon gradually became a utensil to whisk foam on tea. Cai Xiang’s Cha Lu (The Record... [Lire la suite]
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03 décembre 2021

Chinese Silverware sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 30 November 2021

Lot 301. A silver stem cup, Tang dynasty (618-907); Japanese wood box, 6.5 cm. Lot sold: 88,200 HKD (Estimate: 60,000 - 80,000 HKD). © Sotheby's. Lot 302. A silver 'deer' box and cover, Tang dynasty (618-907); Japanese wood box, 3.2 cm. Lot sold: 50,400 HKD (Estimate: 40,000 - 60,000 HKD). © Sotheby's. Lot 303. A silver 'flower and bird' box and cover, Tang dynasty (618-907); Japanese wood... [Lire la suite]
15 septembre 2021

A repoussé silver 'lotus' box and cover, Five Dynasties - Northern Song dynasty (907-1126)

  Lot 40. A repoussé silver 'lotus' box and cover, Five Dynasties - Northern Song dynasty (907-1126). Diameter 2¼ in., 5.7 cm. Estimate: 30,000 - 50,000 USD. © Sotheby's 2021 of compressed cushion form, the shallow domed cover decorated with continuous lotus blossoms and foliate scrolls against a punched ground, the straight sides with bands of classic scroll. Provenance: Christie's London, 13th November 2001, lot 79. Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New York, 21... [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]