10 novembre 2009

An unusual pair of Beijing ruby-red glass pricket candlesticks, Qing Dynasty

An unusual pair of Beijing ruby-red glass pricket candlesticks, Qing Dynasty © 2002-2009 Bonhams 1793 Ltd The rich dark-tinted glass of even tone, the sticks formed as a wide drip pan standing on a high-domed base and set with a metal spike at the top. 41.5cm (16¼in) high. (2). Sold for £4,800 Bonhams. Fine Chinese Art, 5 Nov 2009. New Bond Street www.bonhams.com
08 novembre 2009

Important Ming blue and white porcelains sold @ Sotheby's London

A rare blue and white jar for the Portuguese market. Ming dynasty, circa 1610-30. photo courtesy Sotheby's the straight-sided octagonal body rising from a tall spreading knopped stem to a short flaring neck and everted rim, applied and painted in rich cobalt-blue tones to the shoulder with four cherub heads above a leafy pendent garland, divided by four images related to the Denial of St. Peter, all above lotus-lappet, floret and lotus scroll bands, the neck with a floral band - 13.2cm., 5 1/4 in. Est. 60,000—80,000 GBP. Sold... [Lire la suite]
07 novembre 2009

Rare cloisonné enamels sold @ Bonhams

A rare cloisonné and champlevé enamel figure of Guanyin, 18th century. © 2002-2009 Bonhams 1793 Ltd The tall and graceful figure dynamically posed slightly turned to the left, with the hands held in front, the left hand held in harina mudra and the right holding onto to the left hand, the gilt face with a serene expression below the high chignon covered with a cowl, the robes falling in folds around the body and swaying in the wind, tied at the waist with a ribbon, enamelled with archistic dragons, the hems variously... [Lire la suite]
07 novembre 2009

Underglaze blue and yellow, blue and green, coral-ground and iron-red porcelains sold @ Sotheby's London

An underglaze blue and yellow enamel dragon dish. Kangxi mark and period. photo courtesy Sotheby's the central medallion painted with a lively five-claw dragon chasing a flaming pearl amongst cloud scrolls and flames, with two further dragons striding around the cavetto, the exterior with two further similarly painted dragons - 32cm., 12 5/8 in. Est. 30,000—50,000 GBP - Sold 68,450 GBP PROVENANCE: Collection of F.C. Harrison, 1907 (according to label). Collection of Dr. Emil Hultmark, Stockholm (c. 1930). Emil... [Lire la suite]
07 novembre 2009

Chinese ceramics sold @ Bonhams, 5 november 2009

A rare brown-glazed shallow circular flask, Xixia Dynasty Of compressed globular shape, the top all under a thick lustrous dark brown glaze pooling around four short loop handles set at the compass points at the outside edge, a flanged short neck aperture at one side, the centre incised through the glaze to the oatmeal biscuit with a single large calligraphic spray of leafy lotus, the underside partially under a thinner paler brown glaze wash. 27.5cm (10¾in) wide. - Sold for £8,400 Note: The dating of this lot is... [Lire la suite]
06 novembre 2009

Bronze Turns To Gold As Bonhams Sells Lord Cunliffe's Chinese Collection In £5M Sale

An archaic bronze inscribed ritual food vessel, gui. Early Western Zhou Dynasty Chinese Dragon Makes Recession Defying Roar Bronze Age Chinese vessels from one of the finest old English collections, formed by the 2nd Lord Cunliffe between the darkest war years of the early 1940s, and his death in 1963, achieved astonishing prices at Bonhams sale of Chinese Art today, November 5, in London. The most important group of early Chinese bronzes ever offered at Bonhams, the Collection mainly comprised classic funerary vessel... [Lire la suite]
06 novembre 2009

Magnificent 'famille rose' porcelains sold @ Sotheby's London

A pair of 'famille rose' 'soldier' vases and covers. Qing dynasty, Qianlong period. photo courtesy Sotheby's each body of baluster form with waisted neck, brightly enamelled around the exterior with a pair of phoenix in a garden enclosing peony blooms issuing from rockwork, all within diaper bands, the domed cover with an elaborate floral band and surmounted by a lion dog finial, with two black and gilt lacquer hexagonal stands, painted with figure panels. 134.7cm., 53in.. Est. 80,000—120,000 GBP - Sold 97,250 GBP ... [Lire la suite]
05 novembre 2009

Six ceramics from Northern Song to Ming dynasty sold @ Sotheby's London

A small 'jun' bowl. Northern Song dynasty. photo courtesy Sotheby's the rounded sides rising steeply from a splayed foot to a slightly incurved rim, all under a pale bluish-grey glaze thinning to a grey-brown colour around the rim and stopping unevenly above the foot - 8.8cm., 3 3/8 in. Est. 18,000—25,000 GBP - Sold 39,650 GBP PROVENANCE: A Japanese Private Collection. A 'yaozhou' pale-glazed tripod censer. Jin dynasty. photo courtesy Sotheby's the boldly potted rounded body supported by three animal-form feet... [Lire la suite]
05 novembre 2009

Ten highlights of blue and white porcelains sold @ Christie's London, 3 November 2009

A very rare blue and white reverse-decorated 'dragon' bowl . Jiajing six-character mark and of the period (1522-66). photo Image 2009 Christie's Ltd The well potted bowl with deep upright sides, boldly decorated on the interior with a central dragon medallion encircled by double-line borders and interlocking scrolls and fruit-like sprigs, a wide band of continuously scrolling lingzhi at the rim beneath further double- line borders, all reserved against an inky-blue ground, the exterior with a frieze of two scaly dragons in... [Lire la suite]
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05 novembre 2009

A massive imperial khotan green jade 'ba zheng mao nian zhi bao' seal. Qing dynasty, Qianlong period

A massive imperial khotan green jade 'ba zheng mao nian zhi bao' seal. Qing dynasty, Qianlong period. photo courtesy Sotheby's finely carved of large square form, surmounted by a pair of addorsed dragons, each powerfully carved with eyes bulging and nostrils flaring above jaws bearing sharp teeth, the two scaly bodies tightly intertwined crouching on their haunches and pierced through the centre with an aperture, the square seal deeply and crisply carved with the characters Ba zheng mao nian zhi bao, (Treasure of... [Lire la suite]