28 juin 2009

'The Art of Power: Royal Armor and Portraits from Imperial Spain' @ the National Gallery of Art, Washington

Parade burgonet of Emperor Charles V. Filippo and Francesco Negroli. Milan, 1545, steel, gold. 25 x 23 x 35.7 cm. ©Patrimonio Nacional, Real Armería, Madrid, D-30. Copyright © 2009 National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC WASHINGTON, DC.- Armor from the renowned Spanish Royal Armory in Madrid will be paired for the first time with portraits by masters such as Peter Paul Rubens, Alonso Sánchez Coello, Anthony van Dyck, and Diego Velázquez depicting emperors and kings wearing the same armor in The Art of Power: Royal Armor and... [Lire la suite]
13 mai 2009

"Armour & Gown" @ Museum Tinguely in Basel

Battle armour for heavy cavalry, 17th century (c. 28.5 kg) Landeszeughaus Graz, Landesmuseum Joanneum © LMJ, Photo: Nicolas Lackner BASEL.- The genesis of the "Armour & Gown" exhibition lies in another exhibition. In 1991, an unforgettable, indeed dazzling, tournament was staged at the Hofburg in Vienna under the title of "Gowns as Armour". Armour from the Hofburg Collection of Arms and Armour, the world's greatest display of this exquisite form of cultural achievement, though now largely viewed as... [Lire la suite]
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12 avril 2009

A jade-hilted dagger with gold-inlaid inscribed blade and diamond-set silver scabbard. Ottoman Turkey, circa 18th century

A jade-hilted dagger with gold-inlaid inscribed blade and diamond-set silver scabbard. Ottoman Turkey, circa 18th century The watered steel blade with a double band of inscription on either side, floral interlace on the forte, the spinach jade hilt carved with irises and with an appliqué rose-diamond rosette; the silver scabbard decorated with floral sprigs and strapwork, mounted with two elaborate medallions set with rose-diamonds, stamped with an incomplete tughra, chain and toggle attached. Provenance : Warren Anderson... [Lire la suite]
12 avril 2009

A rock crystal-hilted dagger. Mughal, India. 18th century

A rock crystal-hilted dagger. Mughal, India. 18th century 41.5 cm. With curving watered steel blade, the hilt carved with floral and foliate decoration on either side, with curving pommel Provenance: Lord McAlpine of West Green, London, 1980s, inventory number M.5217 Warren Anderson collection, Australia, 1980s-1992 Sold, Butterfield & Butterfield, San Francisco, 14 July 1992, lot 1313 Private collection, U.S.A., 1992-2009 Published: Butterfield & Butterfield, The Warren Anderson Collection of Premier American &... [Lire la suite]
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12 avril 2009

A gem-set and gold-inlaid jade-hilted dagger. Mughal India. 18th century

A gem-set and gold-inlaid jade-hilted dagger. Mughal India. 18th century 39 cm. dagger; 41.5 cm. with scabbard. With curving watered steel blade, the white jade hilt inlaid with floral decoration set with emeralds and rubies; the red velvet-covered scabbard with gold repoussé chape and locket. Provenance: Warren Anderson collection, Australia Sold, Butterfield & Butterfield, San Francisco, 14 July 1992, lot 1311 Private collection, U.S.A., 1992-2009 Published : Butterfield & Butterfield, The Warren Anderson Collection... [Lire la suite]
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10 avril 2009

Exceptionnelle "Rondache" (ou bouclier), en fer repoussé et ciselé. Italie, XVIème siècle

Exceptionnelle "Rondache" (ou bouclier), en fer repoussé et ciselé. Italie, XVIème siècle en "ronde-bosse", à bord ourlé et clouté, à décor allégorique. Son diamètre est de 60 cm. approximativement. Elle est gravée sur toute sa face extérieure. Diameter : 58.20 cm. Prix sur demande.Note: Le motif central représente deux cavaliers et un fantassin romain fuyant honteusement devant un groupe de jeunes femmes aux allures particulièrement provocantes (robes relevées, elles exposent leur intimité dans des poses... [Lire la suite]
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10 avril 2009

A very rare imperial gilt-bronze knife and white jadeite scabbard. Qing dynasty, early 18th century

A very rare imperial gilt-bronze knife and white jadeite scabbard. Qing dynasty, early 18th century the white jadeite scabbard of even tone carved with a intertwining lotus scroll in low-relief, surmounted near the opening by a chilong dragon in high-relief suspending a loose gilt-bronze ring around its neck, the gilt-bronze hilt similarly decorated with matching lotus scrolls, fitted with a green jadeite pommel carved with leiwen, the steel blade cast with a fuller down the middle on each side. 33 cm., 13 in. Estimate... [Lire la suite]
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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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10 mars 2009

A magnificent Mughal ruby- and emerald-set gold-hilted dagger, Deccan, India, 17th century, with 19th century scabbard

A magnificent Mughal ruby- and emerald-set gold-hilted dagger, Deccan, India, 17th century, with 19th century scabbard curved double-edged blade with central ridge and damascened floral decoration around the forte, the hilt of yellow gold with curved rounded pommel set with rubies and emeralds with rosette and floral motifs, the wood scabbard decorated with open-work gold of all-over vegetal and lotus blossom design terminating in a bud finial; 36cm. Estimzte 80,000—100,000 USD NOTE: This very fine and rare... [Lire la suite]
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