14 juin 2019

Early Picture of a Dog on a Lead From the collection of Desmond Morris offered at Bonhams

Lot 2. A large Persian pottery bowl, Circa late 3rd-late 2nd Millennium B.C.; 18cm high, 23.5cm diam. Estimate £ 20,000 - 30,000 (€ 22,000 - 34,000). © Bonhams 2001-2019 One of the first known depictions of a dog on a lead is being offered at Bonhams' Antiquities Sale at New Bond Street on Wednesday 3 July. It is painted on one of three panels of a large Persian pottery jar dated circa late 3rd to late 2nd century BC, and shows a hunter with a bow and arrow holding a curly-tailed... [Lire la suite]

24 août 2018

Safani Gallery Inc., Stand 319 at TEFAF New York Fall 2018

Head of a Goddess, Roman, circa first century AD. Marble. Height 35 cm (13.8 in). Image courtesy Safani Gallery Inc. / Stand 319. Certificate by Thomas Lochmann, from the Antiquities Museum, Basel. Provenance: Paul Sarasin Collection; Mr. Sarasin (1856-1920) was one of the founders of the Museum of Natural History and the National Park, Basel, Switzerland. Etruscan Terracotta Urn and Cover, Etruria, Italy, 6th-4th century BC. Terracotta, 60 x 50 cm (23.5 x 19.5 in). Image courtesy Safani... [Lire la suite]
22 janvier 2017

Galerie Jacques Barrère. Stand 72B. Brafa Art Fair, 21-29 janvier 2017

Bishamonten, Wood, Japan, late Heian period, 12th century, 92 x 18 x 9 cm. Courtesy Galerie Jacques Barrère Head of Buddha, Terracotta, Greco-Buddhist art from Gandhara , Afghanistan-Pakistan, 3rd-4th century, 22 x 14 x 15.5 cm. Courtesy Galerie Jacques Barrère Atlant, Schist, Greco-Buddhist art from Gandhara, Afghanistan - Pakistan, 1st-2nd century, 23 x 19 x 4 cm. Courtesy Galerie Jacques Barrère La Galerie Jacques Barrère est... [Lire la suite]
19 janvier 2017

Terracotta Bactrian Camel, China, Tang Dynasty (618-907)

Terracotta Bactrian Camel, China, Tang Dynasty (618-907). Height: 98,5 cm. TL-tested by Oxford Authentication Ltd. Vanderven Oriental Art at Brafa Art Fair, Brussels, 21-29 january 2017. Not just merchant caravans and emissaries travelled the Silk Road. Also monks, pilgrims and even entertainers. Together, they effected a great cultural exchange between East and West. Trade, however, was still the main reason for the existence of the Silk Road. Due to their extraordinary endurance, the most favored means of transportation was the... [Lire la suite]
19 janvier 2017

Terracotta Bactrian Camel, China, Tang Dynasty (618-907)

Terracotta Bactrian Camel, China, Tang Dynasty (618-907). Height: 97 cm. TL-tested by Oxford Authentication Ltd. Vanderven Oriental Art at Brafa Art Fair, Brussels, 21-29 january 2017. In addition to the enormous cargo - up to 250 kilograms while travelling 30 to 40 kilometers per day - each camel also carried food and drink for the accompanying travelers. The camel is also adept at locating water sources and avoiding sand storms in the desert. It is no wonder that these beasts of burden were held in the highest regard by their... [Lire la suite]
19 janvier 2017

Large Terracotta Saddled Horse, China, Tang Dynasty (618-907)

Large Terracotta Saddled Horse, China, Tang Dynasty (618-907). Height: 91 cm. Length: 85 cm. TL-tested by Oxford Authentication Ltd. Vanderven Oriental Art at Brafa Art Fair, Brussels, 21-29 january 2017. Vanderven Oriental Art. Chinese early ceramics from the Han & Tang Periods, Ming & Qing porcelains & works of art including Jades, Bronzes, hardstones and wood. Japanese porcelains, 20th century lacquer & bronzes. Nachtegaalslaantje 1, 5211 LE s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.
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19 janvier 2017

Terracotta Dancing Horses, China, Tang Dynasty (618-907)

Terracotta Dancing Horses, China, Tang Dynasty (618-907). Height: 57 cm. TL-tested by Oxford Authentication Ltd. Vanderven Oriental Art at Brafa Art Fair, Brussels, 21-29 january 2017. We regularly have terracotta objects tested with a thermo-luminescence test to ensure correct dating of the piece. A small amount of clay is taken from the object which is then heated. Clay contains minute traces of radioactive elements, which when firing are boosted to a higher energy level at which they remain trapped. A small sample of ancient... [Lire la suite]
19 janvier 2017

Terracotta Horse with Saddle, China, Tang Dynasty (618-907)

Terracotta Horse with Saddle, China, Tang Dynasty (618-907). Height: 88 cm. Length: 83 cm. TL-tested by Oxford Authentication Ltd. Vanderven Oriental Art at Brafa Art Fair, Brussels, 21-29 january 2017. This terracotta horse was fired at a high temperature betwee 850 and 1000 degrees Celsius. The Tang Chinese used two different firing methods, oxidation and reduction, which affected the final colour. Oxidation firing allows oxygen to give a clean burn, resulting in a reddish 'terracotta' colour. Reduction firing has little oxygen,... [Lire la suite]
19 janvier 2017

Terracotta Horse with Saddle, China, Tang Dynasty (618-907)

Terracotta Horse with Saddle, China, Tang Dynasty (618-907). Height: 78 cm. Length: 85 cm. Vanderven Oriental Art at Brafa Art Fair, Brussels, 21-29 january 2017. In the days of the Tang dynasty, China was in competition with Tibet and Damascus for control of the Silk Road, especially in the Turkestan region. The Turkestans wanted to keep control over their own territory, and kept out foreign powers by offering important tributes such as horses. China placed great value on horses and set aside enormous tracts of pasture and large... [Lire la suite]
18 janvier 2017

Rare Terracotta Model of a Well, China, Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD)

Rare Terracotta Model of a Well, China, Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD). Height: 23 cm. Width: 22 cm. TL-tested by Oxford Authentication Ltd. Price: € 4.500,-. Vanderven Oriental Art at Brafa Art Fair, Brussels, 21-29 january 2017. Throughout Chinese history scaled architectural models were produced to accompany the deceased in the after-life. This well is a rare example of such a model. It has a square base and a roof with a beam to support the weheel. The base is decorated with the rainmaiking god Chi You, together with another... [Lire la suite]