07 avril 2009

A fine carved rhinoceros libation cup. Ming dynasty, 17th century

A fine carved rhinoceros libation cup. Ming dynasty, 17th century the high-polished auburn coloured horn carved in high-relief with Shoulao riding a crane set below the overhanging lip, hovering above a recumbent deer, flanked on the sides by the Eight Daoist Immortals standing on rocky outcrops, set amidst mountains and clouds, the back carved with a gnarled pine tree, the interior rim set with a bough of peaches at one end, stand. 17 cm., 6 3/4 in. Estimate 900,000—1,200,000 HKD NOTE: A slightly larger rhinoceros horn... [Lire la suite]
07 avril 2009

An Abbasid calligraphic pottery Bowl. Mesopotamia, 9th Century

An Abbasid calligraphic pottery Bowl. Mesopotamia, 9th Century with rounded sides and everted rim, decorated with green splashes and a line of pseudo-kufic in the centre, on a cream ground. 20 cm. diam. Estimate: £2,000 - 3,000 Bonhams. Islamic & Indian Art, 2 Apr 2009. New Bond Street www.bonhams.com (Copyright © 2002-2009 Bonhams 1793 Ltd., Images and Text All Rights Reserved)
07 avril 2009

A Samanid calligraphic slip-painted pottery Bowl. East Persia, 10th Century

A Samanid calligraphic slip-painted pottery Bowl. East Persia, 10th Century composed of fragments mounted to form a bowl, painted in manganese on a white ground with inscriptions in kufic. 33.5 cm. diam. Estimate: £2,000 - 3,000 Footnote: Inscriptions in kufic probably consist of: wa ma kathir alfa alf musahib wa an,.. al-kathic, ‘And what is abundant is an intimate companion and if …. it is abundant’. Bonhams. Islamic & Indian Art, 2 Apr 2009. New Bond Street www.bonhams.com (Copyright © 2002-2009 Bonhams... [Lire la suite]
07 avril 2009

A black lacquer box and cover. Ming dynasty, 16th century

A black lacquer box and cover. Ming dynasty, 16th century of rectangular section, the cover freely carved with a large peony bloom on leafy and slender budding stems, the petals and fleshy leaves incised to render veining, surrounded by smaller blooms, tight and opening buds, the box similary decorated with luxuriant peony blooms surrounded by a meander of stems and a profusion of foliage and buds, the interiors and base lacquered deep brown. 19.5 cm., 7 5/8 in. Estimate 80,000—120,000 HKD Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics... [Lire la suite]
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07 avril 2009

A moulded glass Bowl . Persia, 10th/ 11th Century

A moulded glass Bowl . Persia, 10th/ 11th Century in a dark bluish-green tone, with a tooled rim on straight flaring walls and pushed-in base with a conical kick and pontil mark underneath, blown into a mould decorated with vertical ribbing sandwiching a horizontal row of six omphalos motifs. 15 cm. diam., 6.3 cm. high. Estimate: £3,000 - 5,000. Unsold. Bonhams. Islamic & Indian Art, 2 Apr 2009. New Bond Street www.bonhams.com (Copyright © 2002-2009 Bonhams 1793 Ltd., Images and Text All Rights Reserved)
07 avril 2009

A glass Perfume Bottle. Syria, 7th-9th Century

A glass Perfume Bottle. Syria, 7th-9th Century free-blown in greenish-colourless glass, the funnel mouth with a rounded rim and hollow flange on an elongated ovoid body tapering to a knob-like base, the upper part decorated with two thick vertical pincered trails in contrasting bluish-green glass, while the four similar trails in alternating bluish-green and colourless glass on the lower body also form feet on which teh vessel stands. 9.2 cm. high. Estimate: £800 - 1,200. Unsold Bonhams. Islamic & Indian Art, 2... [Lire la suite]
07 avril 2009

A small cinnabar lacquer seal paste box and cover. Mark and period of Yongle

A small cinnabar lacquer seal paste box and cover. Mark and period of Yongle of compressed globular form delicately carved to reveal the layer of ochre-yellow lacquer beneath the cinnabar-red, the cover with a camellia blossom encircled by scrolling stems and smaller blooms and opening buds, the shallow sides of the box similarly decorated, the interior and base lacquered black, incised on the base with the six-character mark. 6.4 cm., 2 1/2 in. Estimate 120,000—150,000 HKD NOTE: Cinnabar lacquer seal paste boxes... [Lire la suite]
07 avril 2009

An Abbasid moulded glass Bottle with Figures. Persia or Mesopotamia, 8th-11th Century

An Abbasid moulded glass Bottle with Figures. Persia or Mesopotamia, 8th-11th Century made in green glass with bluish tinge, the funnel neck with cut and smoothed rim on a body blown into an octagonal mould, each panel decorated with a figure with a large head, seven facing figures with their arms held out differently, and one sitting sideways holding a rud upright, a six-petalled rosette on the underside of base. 9 cm. high. Estimate: £2,000 - 2,500. Unsold Footnote: The closest parallel to this unusual bottle is a... [Lire la suite]
07 avril 2009

A rare stemmed glass Goblet. Persia or Syria, 10th - 13th Centuries

A rare stemmed glass Goblet.  Persia or Syria, 10th - 13th Centuries finely blown in a yellowish-colourless glass, the tall rounded funnel bowl on a slender solid stem and splayed foot with a rounded edge, the bowl decorated with three horizontal trails enclosing in the upper band a row of alternate bluish-green and colourless applied prunts, and below, two rows of alternately coloured prunts. 7 cm. diam., 12.8 cm. high. Sold for £2,400 Footnote: This rare glass is very closely related to a small group of stemmed... [Lire la suite]
07 avril 2009

«Peggy Guggenheim, un fantasme d'éternité»

Sur Peggy Guggenheim (1898-1979) n'est disponible en français qu'un livre de mémoires assez fantaisistes. Il y a donc place aujourd'hui pour cette biographie inédite en forme d'épopée romanesque et sulfureuse sur une femme au physique ingrat qui fut en quête de beauté absolue. On associe généralement le personnage à sa réputation de collectionneuse et à son palais vénitien, mais on connaît moins l'intimité de cette richissime héritière dont le père disparut prématurément dans le naufrage du Titanic. Elle fut certes une grande... [Lire la suite]
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