08 mai 2010

A parcel-gilt 'silver dragon' bowl. Liao Dynasty, dated by inscription to AD 1026

A parcel-gilt 'silver dragon' bowl. Liao Dynasty, dated by inscription to AD 1026. photo Bonhams With deep rounded sides rising from a flat base, the interior chased with a writhing dragon amidst cloud scrolls against a finely ring-punched ground, partially encircled by the raised twenty-two character inscription on the base, the steep sides with a border of stylised leafy blooms, all below a beaded rim, the interior partially gilt on the details. 17.6cm (7in) diam. Estimate: £15,000 - 20,000, HK$ 180,000 - 240,000... [Lire la suite]
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08 mai 2010

A rare large grey and brown jade 'duck' brushwasher, 17th-18th century

A rare large grey and brown jade 'duck' brushwasher, 17th-18th century. photo Bonhams The unusual waterpot carved as a duck standing on its webbed feet, with its head turned towards the left holding a millet sprig in its beak, with the wings spread over the body around the oval opening, the stone of grey-green tone with brown inclusions with the upper section and wings turning into dark brown. 16.6cm (6½in) wide. Estimate: £4,000 - 6,000, HK$ 47,000 - 71,000 Footnote: The superb craftsmanship of the carver is demonstrated in... [Lire la suite]
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08 mai 2010

Coloured jadeite 'tiger' pendant necklace

Coloured jadeite 'tiger' pendant necklace. photo Sotheby's The translucent yellowish orange pendant, carved on one side as a tiger under the moon and pine trees, and the other side inscribed with ji xiang ru yi(吉祥如意), suspending from an emerald bead and brilliant-cut diamonds, mounted in 18 karat white gold, completed by a bead necklace composed of jadeite beads of matching colour and translucency measuring approximately 4.60 to 8.40mm, length approximately 650mm, pendant detachable, signed Dily's - plaque approximately 50.02 x... [Lire la suite]
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08 mai 2010

Edward Donovan, An Epitome of the Natural History of the Insects of China. London: Printed for the author, 1798

Edward Donovan, An Epitome of the Natural History of the Insects of China. London: Printed for the author, 1798. photo Sotheby's First edition, 4to (287 x 226mm.), 50 hand-coloured engraved plates, 2-leaf prospectus bound in at front, contemporary mottled calf, [Nissen ZBI 1143], first few leaves dampstained at lower margin, occasional spotting or paper toning, rebacked, recornered and repaired. Est. 2,000—3,000 GBP. Lot Sold 2,125 GBP Donovan, Insects of China, 1798 Sotheby's. Travel, Atlases, Maps & Natural... [Lire la suite]
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08 mai 2010

Simon Basinger: Comment la musique a conquit ma vie ?

Calme et serein, les yeux brillants, la moustache relevée enfouie dans une barbe grisonnante à la  Saint Saëns, c’est tout près de la Cité de la Musique, que  nous avons rencontré  Simon Basinger (photo), musicologue et rédacteur en chef des ‘ Cahiers Poulenc ‘ -personnage atypique, original et attachant, Nous nous devions de nous arrêter un instant sur un personnage hors du commun-  Artiste et passionné  né !  - Simon Basinger à quand remonte votre première rencontre avec  la musique ? -... [Lire la suite]
08 mai 2010

Moeurs musicales de la Chine par Hector Berlioz

Caricature de Berlioz sur une partie de flûte de La Damnation de Faust, après 1846. Bibliothèque nationale de France     "On s’occupe beaucoup des Chinois, depuis quelque temps, et c’est toujours d’une façon peu flatteuse pour eux. Nous ne nous contentons pas de les battre, de tout bousculer dans leurs boutiques, de mettre en fuite leur empereur, de prendre le palais de sa céleste Majesté, de nous partager ses lingots, ses diamants, ses pierreries, ses soieries, il faut encore que nous nous moquions de ce grand... [Lire la suite]
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08 mai 2010

Sapphires @ Sotheby's. Magnificent Jewels. 20 Apr 10. New York

Sapphire and Diamond Pendant. photo Sotheby's The pear-shaped sapphire weighing 18.70 carats, framed by pear-shaped and marquise-shaped diamonds weighing approximately 4.00 carats, mounted in platinum. Est. 100,000—150,000 USD. Lot Sold 152,500 USD NOTE: Accompanied by AGL report no. CS 41770 stating that the sapphire is of Burmese origin, no gemological evidence of heat. Sapphire and Diamond Ring. photo Sotheby's The cushion antique mixed-cut sapphire weighing 19.18 carats, framed by round and pear-shaped... [Lire la suite]
08 mai 2010

Ming blue & white porcelains @ Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. 11 May 2010. London

A blue and white 'Windswept' jar, guan. Ming dynasty, 15th century. photo Christie's Ltd 2010 Of baluster form, painted in underglaze blue in the 'windswept' style, with an official seated on the ground, with his horse resting nearby and accompanied by two young attendants, one carrying a qin, the other carrying his sword, another scene depicting an official in a pavilion in a riverscape, with an attendant bearing a vase, all below billowing clouds, with quatrefoil panels and lotus blossom sprays against a diaper ground on the... [Lire la suite]
08 mai 2010

Guépard Acinonyx jubatus @ Kahn-Dumousset - Paris

Guépard Acinonyx jubatus I/A entier Estimation : 6 000 / 8 000 € Kahn-Dumousset - Paris. Monsieur René BOUTONNET, Expert. Vente du Vendredi 7 mai 2010. Drouot Richelieu - Salle 1 - 9, rue Drouot - 75009 Paris.
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08 mai 2010

Painting in Storage at Italian Ducal Palace May Be Raphael's

A view of a portrait which Italian art experts now believe to have been created by Renaissance genius Raphael in Florence, Italy, 07 May 2010. The painting had lain in storage in a ducal palace since the 1970s. At the time, experts said it was probably a 17th-century copy of a painting from the Raphael School. But Mario Scalini, an arts assessor, thinks it is actually an early version of a famous painting, the Madonna of the Pearl, which is held by the Prado Gallery in Madrid. EPA/STR. ROME (AP).- A finely painted portrait of... [Lire la suite]
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