19 février 2019

Leading London Silver dealer Koopman Rare Art announces TEFAF Maastricht 2019 highlights

Detail of an important Charles II silver tazza made in London in 1683; Diameter: 42cm, Height 12cm. Asking price in the region of £225,000. © Koopman Rare Art LONDON.- The highly historic and impressive silver-gilt shield, which bears the Royal Arms of Ernst Augustus, Duke of Cumberland and King of Hanover (1771-1851), will take centre stage on the stand of Koopman Rare Art at TEFAF Maastricht 2019. It is described by Lewis Smith, Director of Koopman Rare Art as “the most spectacular example of... [Lire la suite]

07 janvier 2019

A rare gilt-copper death mask & a silver death mask, Liao dynasty (907-1125)

Lot 1217. A rare gilt-copper death mask & a silver death mask, Liao dynasty (907-1125); 8¾ in. (22.3 cm.) across, 8¾ in. (22.3 cm.) long. Estimate $4,000 - USD 6,000. Price Realised $4,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011 The thin copper sheet subtly formed as a man's broad face, chased with a mouth, nose and rounded cheeks, with incised lines indicating a beard, a mustache and brows, with a small narrow hole in the center of the eyes which are shown as long, curved incised lines, with tiny... [Lire la suite]
07 janvier 2019

A rare gilt-copper death mask & a silver death mask, Liao dynasty (907-1125)

Lot 1217. A rare gilt-copper death mask & a silver death mask, Liao dynasty (907-1125); 8¾ in. (22.3 cm.) across, 8¾ in. (22.3 cm.) long. Estimate $4,000 - USD 6,000. Price Realised $4,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011 The thin copper sheet subtly formed as a man's broad face, chased with a mouth, nose and rounded cheeks, with incised lines indicating a beard, a mustache and brows, with a small narrow hole in the center of the eyes which are shown as long, curved incised lines, with tiny... [Lire la suite]
16 septembre 2018

Sano Takachika, A Set of Two Silver Incense-Burners in the Form of Geese, Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1890s

Lot 14. Sano Takachika, A Set of Two Silver Incense-Burners in the Form of Geese, Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1890s. Estimate $25,000 - 35,000. Sold for US$ 35,000 (€ 29,942). © Bonhams 2001-2018 Naturalistically chiseled and with details in shakudō, shibuichi, and gold, one of the two geese with wings outstretched about to take off, the other standing on its right leg, its left leg raised, an opening in its back fitted with a silver liner and with a detachable lid pierced with three openings,... [Lire la suite]
30 août 2018

A lobed silver vase, Song dynasty (960-1279)

Lot 241. A lobed silver vase, Song dynasty (960-1279). Height 6 5/8  in., 16.8 cm. Estimate USD 40,000 - USD 60,000. Sold Price: 50,000 USD. © Sotheby's 2018. thinly cast, the slightly tapering ovoid body divided into twelve vertical lobes rising to a waisted neck and flat everted rim, all raised on a short, straight foot, the patina a brownish-gray with dark brown and pale green encrustation .  Note: Compare a closely related silver vase of very similar form, excavated from a Song... [Lire la suite]
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15 août 2018

Funerary Mask, Liao dynasty, Late 10th - early 12th century, Silver

Funerary Mask, Liao dynasty, Late 10th - early 12th century, Silver, 8 3/4 × 8 3/8 inches (22.2 × 21.3 cm), Purchased with funds contributed by Marguerite and Gerry Lenfest, 2012 (2012-53-1). © 2018 Philadelphia Museum of Art This mask depicts the serene face of a male who was part of the Khitan tribe, a people who ruled north China over a thousand years ago, during the Liao dynasty (907–1125). Placing a metal mask on the face of the deceased was a unique tradition of the nomadic Khitan; they buried their high-ranking men and... [Lire la suite]

15 août 2018

Silver funerary mask, China, Liao dynasty, 10th-11th century

Silver funerary mask, China, Liao dynasty, 10th-11th century. Length: 8 3/8 inches, 21.2 cm. Width: 9 1/8 inches, 23.1 cm. © Ben Janssens Oriental Art A silver funerary mask depicting a human face, worked in repoussé technique with strong, naturalistically portrayed features and a demure expression. The heavy-lidded eyes are shut and set below pronounced, arched eyebrows that are engraved with fine lines in parallel. The face has high cheekbones and a straight, broad nose set above a full-lipped, well-defined mouth.... [Lire la suite]
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01 août 2018

Two silver stem cups, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907)

Lot 137. Two silver stem cups, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907). Heights 2 3/8  in., 6 cm. Estimate 10,000 — 15,000 USD. Lot sold 20,000 USD. Photo Sotheby’s. each with an everted rim, supported on a short spreading foot, one finely chased on the exterior with pointed arches enclosing birds and animals, separated by a beaded edge from shaped panels enclosing scrolling foliage, details picked out in gilt, all against a fine ring-punched ground; the other unadorned except for a fold... [Lire la suite]
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01 août 2018

A small silver barrel-form box and cover, Song-Yuan dynasty, 12th-13th century

Lot 737. A small silver barrel-form box and cover, Song-Yuan dynasty, 12th-13th century; 2 5/8 in. (6.6 cm.) diameter at widest, 79 g. Estimate USD 3,000 - USD 5,000. Price realised USD 3,250 © Christie's Images Ltd 2015. Engraved around the sides with stylized lotus in quatrefoil panels set against a ground of leafy scroll, the top and underside with a six-pointed star motif with wavy lines, part of a copper coin adhered to the base, box. Christie's. The Collection of Robert... [Lire la suite]
01 août 2018

A silver tixi-style meiping, China, Southern Song-Yuan dynasty or later

Lot 736. A silver tixi-style meiping, China, Southern Song-Yuan dynasty or later;8 ¼ in. (21 cm.) high, 303 g. Estimate USD 12,000 - USD 18,000. Price realised USD 60,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2015. The tapering ovoid body chased in imitation of tixi lacquer with four rows of triangular scroll pattern below a band of classic scroll on the shoulder, with bands of diaper pattern on the mouth rim and above the foot, box. Provenance: The Collection of Robert H. Ellsworth, New York,... [Lire la suite]
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