11 avril 2011

Natural pearl, conch pearl and cultured pearl

 Very fine natural pearl and diamond ring. Photo Sotheby's The ring centring on a natural pearl measuring approximately 13.45 x 13.65mm, surrounded by old European-cut diamonds together weighing approximately 7.00 carats; accompanied by an extra diamond-set ring fitting, pearl detachable; mounted in platinum. (2). Estimate 1,500,000—1,700,000 HKD. Lot Sold 1,940,000 HKD Ring size: 5¾ Accompanied by SSEF report numbered 55288, dated 18 January 2010, stating that the pearl is natural saltwater pearl, with no indications of... [Lire la suite]
11 avril 2011

Ten best of Vestiges from China’s Imperial History @ Sotheby's Hong Kong

An Important lmperial White Jade Seal With An Imperial Poem Qianlong Yuti Mark, Jiaqing Period, Dated To 1796. Photo Sotheby's of large square form, surmounted by a superbly carved pair of addorsed dragons, each powerfully carved with alert eyes and flaring nostrils above curling whiskers and a jaw bearing sharp fangs, the scales and flowing mane meticulously incised, the two scaly bodies tightly intertwined and crouching on the haunches, pierced through the centre with an aperture, the four vertical sides incised with an... [Lire la suite]
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11 avril 2011

A bronze mirror decorated with blossoms, Korea, Koryo period

A bronze mirror decorated with blossoms, Korea, Koryo period. photo Nagel Auktionen  D. 19 cm. Estimate 2 000€ Property from the collection of the Tafel family, founded by the Tibet explorer Dr. Albert Tafel (1876 - 1935) and objects collected by Albert Tobias Tafel (1913 - 1981) Nagel Auktionen. Asian Art. May 7th 2011 www.auction.de
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11 avril 2011

Chinese antique bronze mirrors @ Nagel

  A large, superb bronze mirror with four animal masks in high relief, China, probably still Sui Dynasty (581-618) or early Tang dynasty. photo Nagel Auktionen The excellently cast silvery mirror is decorated in the centre with four animal masks, perhaps symbolising tiger heads, D. 20,7 cm. Estimate 6 000 €   A fine and rare bronze mirror with tiger and dragon decor, China, probably still Three Kingdom period (220-280) or after. photo Nagel Auktionen The excellently cast mirror is decorated with two pairs of... [Lire la suite]
11 avril 2011

"Picturing the Senses in European Art" @ MFAH

  Parrasio Micheli, Young Woman Playing a Lute, c. 1570, oil on canvas, Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation. HOUSTON, TX- Picturing the Senses in European Art, organized by the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, explores artists’ interest in evoking the five senses through both allegorical and realistic associations. The exhibition of 16th-, 17th- and 18th-century paintings and works on paper is drawn largely from the permanent collections of the Blaffer Foundation and the MFAH, and offers an opportunity to see some significant... [Lire la suite]
11 avril 2011

Christie's to Offer a Beautiful Rectangular-Cut Diamond Ring Owned by Gloria Swanson

  This ring belonged to Gloria Swanson. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2011. PARIS.- Christie’s Jewels Department will offer a beautiful rectangular-cut diamond ring weighing 5.1 carats (estimate: €70,000-100,000) in Paris on May 23rd. This ring belonged to Gloria Swanson, the American actress, who was a superstar of the silent movies and critically acclaimed for her role in the Hollywood classic Sunset Boulevard (1950). By the mid-1920s Swanson was the highest paid actress in Hollywood. It was reported that she made and spent... [Lire la suite]
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11 avril 2011

Ten best of Rhinoceros Horn Carvings from The Edward and Franklin Chow Collection

An extremely rare large rhinoceros horn archaistic guang vessel by You Yiliang. 17th century. Photo Sotheby's masterfully carved in the form of an archaistic bronze guang vessel with a body of flaring rectangular section set with a channelled spout opposite a 'D'-shaped handle, the body finely carved in low relief with a wide register of taotie masks on a leiwen ground, supported on a tall foot of square section similarly decorated, the austere form interrupted by five playful chilong carved in reticulated high relief,... [Lire la suite]