27 septembre 2010

A carved beryl snuff bottle, 1760-1840. Possibly Imperial, attributed to the Palace workshops, Beijing

A carved beryl snuff bottle, 1760-1840. Possibly Imperial, attributed to the Palace workshops, Beijing. photo courtesy Sotheby's of rounded rectangular form with sloping shoulders and a short cylindrical neck, the well hollowed stone of bright translucent yellow-green color, carved in low relief making use of the natural flaws in the stone on one face with bamboo and on the other with blossoming prunus branches; height 2 5/8 in., 6.7 cm. Estimate 18,000—25,000 USD. Lot Sold  23,750 USD PROVENANCE: Gerry P.... [Lire la suite]
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13 juin 2009

Tabatière en aigue-marine. Chine, possiblement impérial, 1760-1840

Tabatière en aigue-marine. Chine, possiblement impérial, 1760-1840 à décor sculpté en léger relief de chimères et vases; bouchon en jadéite. 6,5 cm, 2 9/16 in. Est. 6,000—8,000 EUR Lot Sold 10,625 EUR PROVENANCE: Galerie Bertrand de Lavergne NOTE: Aquamarine started to be carved after Turkestan's conquest in 1759, a major source for the material.While the finest gemstones of aquamarine are of flawless blue color, pieces large enough to be fashioned into a snuff bottle are never flawless. The best aquamarine would have... [Lire la suite]
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