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]
11 juillet 2021

A small silver equestrian statue Emperor Ferdinand III, Attributed to Augsburg, circa 1637

Lot 53. A small silver equestrian statue Emperor Ferdinand III, Attributed to Augsburg, circa 1637. H 8.3 cm, H with plinth 13.8, W 8.3, D 12 cm, weight with plinth 328 g. Estimate: €60,000 - €80,000. Courtesy Kunsthaus Lempertz Depicted in armour and on horseback with his head bare, holding the sceptre in his right hand and the reins in his left. The sword on the back left is attached via and hinge. The horse is depicting at a trot with a finely chased bridle and a braided tail, attached to the plinth on two feet.... [Lire la suite]
17 juin 2021

A group of four silver boxes and covers, Liao-Northern Song dynasty (907-1127)

  Lot 3109. A group of four silver boxes and covers, Liao-Northern Song dynasty (907-1127). The largest: 2 ¾ in. (7 cm. )diam. Estimate HKD 15,000 - HKD 30,000. Price Realised HKD 106,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2021. The lot consists of a silver and gilt-decorated ‘bird’ silver box and cover, Liao dynasty; a silver oval ‘mandarin ducks’ box and cover, Liao dynasty; a silver ‘floral’ box and cover, Northern Song dynasty, and a silver circular box and cover, Northern Song dynasty. ... [Lire la suite]
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16 juin 2021

A silver stem cup, Tang Dynasty (618-907)

Lot 486. A silver stem cup, Tang Dynasty (618-907); 7.8cm (2 7/8in) high. Est: £2,000 - £3,000. Sold for £ 5,355 (€ 6,239). © Bonhams Of circular form with deep walls, rising from a spreading stem foot to a flared rim, the body decorated with a single raised band below the rim, the surface with some malachite encrustation. Published, Illustrated and Exhibited: Roger Keverne Ltd., Summer Exhibition, London, 2009, no.6. Note: Undecorated silver stem cups are comparatively rare, although the plain... [Lire la suite]
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04 janvier 2021

Unsigned. A silver memento mori skull form watch, circa 19th century

Lot 18. Unsigned. A silver memento mori skull form watch, circa 19th century; dimensions 34mm x 37.5mm. Estimate: 800 - 1 200 GBP. Lot sold: 11,340 GBP. Photo Sotheby's. gilded full plate movement, verge escapement, three arm flat balance, decoratively pierced and engraved balance cock, round pillars, fusee and chain, white enamel dial with Roman numerals, silver case in the shape of a human skull, engraved with latin mememto mori text, winding aperture and bow to the top. ... [Lire la suite]
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05 octobre 2020

A rare and large engraved silver ladle, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907)

Lot 32. A rare and large engraved silver ladle, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907); 26.8 cm, 10 ½ in. Estimate: 400,000 - 600,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the deep petal-lobed bowl delicately chased and engraved with three small birds amongst flowering scrolling foliage on a ring-punched ground, the elegantly curved long handle similarly decorated with a sinuous foliate meander and terminating in a bird's head. Provenance: Gisèle Croës, Brussels, 20th November 1997. Note: A closely related ladle was... [Lire la suite]
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16 janvier 2020

An archaic silver seal with bixie knop, Eastern Han Dynasty–Jin Dynasty, A.D. 2nd – 3rd Century

An archaic silver seal with bixie knop, Eastern Han Dynasty–Jin Dynasty, A.D. 2nd – 3rd Century. Height 11⁄16 inch (1.8 cm). Base 1⁄2 x 1⁄2 inches (1.2 x 1.2 cm). Price On Request. © 2020 J.J. Lally & Co., New York cast with a boldly modelled bixie on top of a solid block with slightly canted sides, the auspicious beast shown in a dynamic twisting pose with head held high and mouth open revealing fangs and teeth, a pair of ribbed horns curled back from the top of the... [Lire la suite]
30 août 2019

A chased and cast silver cup with gilt highlights, 10th-12th century

Lot 837. A chased and cast silver cup with gilt highlights, 10th-12th century; 2 3/8in (6cm) diameter, 1 7/16in (3.6cm) high, 48 grams. Estimate US$ 5,000 - 7,000 (€ 4,500 - 6,300). © Bonhams. Of inverted bell form raised on a low foot and flat base, the interior rim chased with a narrow band of overlapping petals or waves and the exterior walls engraved with a wider band of two garden rocks that separate peony branches in bloom against a minutely ring-punched ground, the surfaces showing... [Lire la suite]
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21 août 2019

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

Lot 567. A pair of miniature gold duck-shaped ornaments, Song-Ming dynasty (960-1644). Duck-shaped ornaments 7/8 in. x 5/8 in. (2.3 x 1.6 cm.), bird ornament 1 1/8 in. (2.8 cm.) long; duck-shaped ornaments total weight 3.2 g. Estimate USD 2,000 - USD 3,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2019. Each ornament is in the shape of a small duck sitting on a separately-made rectangular lotus leaf with curled edges; together with a miniature filigree bird-form ornament, Ming-Qing dynasty (1368-1911).  ... [Lire la suite]