22 mars 2009

A Royal Collection of Nine Ottoman Amber Mouthpieces, Turkey, 19th century

A Royal Collection of Nine Ottoman Amber Mouthpieces, Turkey, 19th century each of characteristic tapered and waisted form, the amber varying in tone from dark red to a lighter orange, three with gold-overlaid floral motifs around decorating the mid-section, one elongated with enamel and gold-inlay, one with a gilt band carved with foliate motifs and set with coloured gems and turquoise, another with a thin gem-set metal band, mounted within an Italian fruitwood frame carved with masonic symbols. 26cm. max. Estimate... [Lire la suite]
22 mars 2009

A fine Ottoman gold-inlaid jade plaque, Turkey, 16th century

A fine Ottoman gold-inlaid jade plaque, Turkey, 16th century of octagonal form incised with an arabesque of scrolling tendrils issuing split and full palmettes radiating from a central floral medallion, inlaid with gold. 7.2 by 5.6cm. Estimate 15,000—20,000 GBP NOTE: This delicately carved and inlaid plaque possesses the distinctive unfurling leaves and buds so typical of what can be called the i'nternational Timurid style'. Parallels may be found in the intricate inlay work of the late Timurid metalwork from the reign of... [Lire la suite]
22 mars 2009

A Fine Copper-Red and Underglaze-Blue 'Three-String' Amphora, Mark and Period of Yongzheng

A Fine Copper-Red and Underglaze-Blue 'Three-String' Amphora, Mark and Period of Yongzheng delicately potted with an elongated ovoid body tapering to the countersunk foot, the sloping shoulder sweeping up to a slender flaring neck with triple filets 'three string' (san xian) collaring the base of the neck, the body decorated with a band of blue bagua trigrams around the shoulder, above four yin-yang symbols painted in two shades of contrasting cobalt blue, all above deftly painted and well-controlled bright copper-red... [Lire la suite]
22 mars 2009

A Mughal Horse-Form Jade Hilted Dagger, India, Circa 18th Century

A Mughal Horse-Form Jade Hilted Dagger, India, Circa 18th Century the slightly curved double-edged watered steel blade with central ridge, the gold overlay at the forte with inscription, the hilt of jade with pommel carved in the form of a horse's head with gold inlay set with coloured gems in a stylised lotus form. 42.5cm. Estimate 20,000—25,000 GBP NOTE: inscriptionsThe Basmala followed by the surah al-Fath (XLVIII), 1. The grip of this hilt is carved with grooves for the hand. According to Stuart Cary Welch, these... [Lire la suite]
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22 mars 2009

A Mughal gem-set jade hilted dagger, India, circa 18th century

A Mughal gem-set jade hilted dagger, India, circa 18th century the steel blade with flat back edge, the jade pistol grip of dark green stone with rounded pommel and scroll quillons, with flowering stems of inlaid gold set with gems. 40cm. Estimate 15,000—20,000 GBP NOTE: By the late seventeenth century weapons were no longer only for warfare: they had become great works of art in their own right, being decorated with enamels, precious metals and stones. Mughal princes, nobles and high officials were honoured regularly by the... [Lire la suite]
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22 mars 2009

Deccani gilt metal pilgrim flask, India, 16th/ 17th century

Deccani gilt metal pilgrim flask, India, 16th/ 17th century of crescent form resting on a diamond-shaped foot, with scroll terminals, tubular spout and a narrow cylindrical neck surmounted with a hinged dome cover with knop finial, suspension loops to shoulder and neck, the body decorated with a moulded palmette lappet. 30.3cm. height. Estimate 20,000—30,000 GBP NOTE: Brass pilgrim flasks of identical form are found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and The David Collection, Copenhagen. Zebrowski discusses this... [Lire la suite]
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22 mars 2009

An Exquisite Miniature 'Famille Rose' Yellow-Ground Sgraffiato Vase, Seal Mark and Period of Qianlong

An Exquisite Miniature 'Famille Rose' Yellow-Ground Sgraffiato Vase, Seal Mark and Period of Qianlong of meiping form with broad sloping shoulders tapering sharply, meticulously painted in famille-rose enamels with a large stylised Indian lotus flower on each side encircled by feathery acanthus leaves borne from subordinate lotus blooms above and below, all reserved on a pale lemon yellow ground deftly incised through the enamelling with scrolls echoing the painted acanthus leaves, the shoulders set with a pair... [Lire la suite]
22 mars 2009

A gem-set rock-crystal archer's ring, India, 19th century

A gem-set rock-crystal archer's ring, India, 19th century of typical form, overlaid with gold wire and set with spinels with a central floral rosette surrounded by scrolling tendrils issuing buds. 3.5cm. Estimate 3,000—5,000 GBP Sotheby's. Arts of the Islamic World. 01 Apr 09. London www.sothebys.com photo courtesy Sotheby's
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22 mars 2009

A gem-set and enamelled turban ornament (Sarpech), India, probably Deccan, 19th century

A gem-set and enamelled turban ornament (Sarpech), India, probably Deccan, 19th century the gold openwork body set with foiled white stones possibly diamonds and an a central octagonal emerald, with a central floral medallion flanked by hinged petal florets and surmounted by a hinged curling jigha, four drilled pendant emeralds, the reverse with gold floral and foliate motifs reserved against a green enamelled ground, suspension cord. 12 by 10.5cm. Estimate 8,000—10,000 GBP Sotheby's. Arts of the Islamic World. 01 Apr 09.... [Lire la suite]
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22 mars 2009

An Indian enamelled and gem-set pendant, Deccan, 17th-18th century, with later pearl chain

An Indian enamelled and gem-set pendant, Deccan, 17th-18th century, with later pearl chain rendered in the form of a bird with outstretched wings and tail feathers, the breast mounted with a diamond medallion, gold body and neck set with cabochon rubies and emeralds, the ruby beak, wings and tail feathers with attached drop-pendant pearls, the reverse of the wings and tail decorated with dark blue, green, yellow, red and white enamelling, loops attaching later gold and pearl suspension chains. pendant length 8cm. Estimate... [Lire la suite]
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