23 mars 2010

A large and rare carved rhinoceros horn cup. Ming dynasty, 16th / 17th century

A large and rare carved rhinoceros horn cup. Ming dynasty, 16th / 17th century. photo courtesy Sotheby's superbly carved in high-relief and openwork with the central figure of Shoulao riding a crane descending from the clouds to the Land of Immortals to meet the Eight Daoist Immortals, each standing on rocky outcrops by a fruiting peach tree, accompanied by a recumbent deer that grasps a sprig of lingzhi in its mouth, the interior of the cup incised to represent the veins of a lotus leaf, the wavy edges forming the rim, the... [Lire la suite]
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08 octobre 2009

Stunning Safavid Rug from Late 16th Century Sold for $4.34 Million

A Safavid silk, wool and metal thread prayer rug is displayed at Sotheby's auction rooms in London. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) LONDON.- A stunning Safavid rug from late 16th or early 17th century Persia sold for £2,729,250 ($4.34M US) this afternoon at Sotheby’s in London . The rug was purchased by an anonymous buyer after a prolonged contest in which at least five bidders vied for the piece. The price of the silk and metal-thread prayer rug was over 20 times the pre-sale estimate of £80,000 - £120,000. The inscriptions on... [Lire la suite]
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09 mai 2009

A circular box and cover with black lacquer and mother-of-pearl inlays (luodian), China, late Ming or early Qing dynasty

A circular box and cover with black lacquer and mother-of-pearl inlays (luodian), China, late Ming or early Qing dynasty, 16th/17th Century The top of the lid depicts the meeting of scholars at a pavilion in a garden with some guests arriving on horse. D. 15 cm. Est. 6 000 € Nagel Auctions. Asian Art. 8th May 2009. www.auction.de
26 avril 2009

Orazio Samacchini (Bologna 1532-1577), The Baptism of Christ

Orazio Samacchini (Bologna 1532-1577), The Baptism of Christ with the coat-of-arms of Johann Caspar and Jacob Franz Brücker (centre left); oil on canvas; 59 1/8 x 47 7/8 in. (150.3 x 121.7 cm.). Est. £70,000 - £100,000 - Lot sold £169,250 Provenance: Johann Caspar Brücker, Altdorf, by whom given c. 1690, as the dowry of his daughter, the Capuchine Abbess of Altdorf, toThe Capuchine Cloister, Altdorf, until c. 1900, when purchased by a priest, by whom bequeathed toIngenbohl Convent, Canton Schwyz, until at least 1959.The... [Lire la suite]
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25 mars 2009

Two Italian carved walnut sgabelli, possibly Tuscan, 16th/ 17th century

Two Italian carved walnut sgabelli, possibly Tuscan, 16th/ 17th century each with abundantly carved backrest, shaped seat and carved front support, one with initials AR to reverse of backrest, restorations. Estimate 4,000—6,000 EUR Comparative literature: William M. Odom, A history of Italian furniture, New York, 1966, p. 334. fig. 328, illustrates a sgabello from the Collection of Carl W. Hailton, New York with comparable backrest. Sotheby's. Furniture, Clocks & Decorative Arts. 07 Apr 09. Amsterdam ... [Lire la suite]
22 mars 2009

Deccani gilt metal pilgrim flask, India, 16th/ 17th century

Deccani gilt metal pilgrim flask, India, 16th/ 17th century of crescent form resting on a diamond-shaped foot, with scroll terminals, tubular spout and a narrow cylindrical neck surmounted with a hinged dome cover with knop finial, suspension loops to shoulder and neck, the body decorated with a moulded palmette lappet. 30.3cm. height. Estimate 20,000—30,000 GBP NOTE: Brass pilgrim flasks of identical form are found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and The David Collection, Copenhagen. Zebrowski discusses this... [Lire la suite]
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15 mars 2009

A Rare Carved Red Lacquer Two-Tier Rectangular Box and Cover, Wanli Period, 16th-17th Century

A Rare Carved Red Lacquer Two-Tier Rectangular Box and Cover, Wanli Period, 16th-17th Century The top and canted sides of the cover and the sides of the middle compartment well carved with scenes of boys at play (the Hundred Boys motif) in garden settings, with a narrow band of confronted chilong at the rim of the cover repeated at the rim of the bottom section above the lower sides that taper towards the foot and are carved with stems and branches of various flowers, all reserved on diaper grounds, the interiors and base in... [Lire la suite]
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