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]
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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