17 mars 2010

A very rare rhinoceros horn cup, 17th/early 18th century

A very rare rhinoceros horn cup, 17th/early 18th century. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2010 Finely carved with the poet Tao Yuanming admiring a chrysanthemum sprig while seated beside a wine jar in a setting of bamboo and rocks, some forming the handle at one end below a pine branch that continues over the rim - 6 3/8 in. (16.2 cm.) long - Estimate $200,000 - $300,000 Provenance: Phillips, London, 18 December 1996, lot 196. Notes: This extremely fine rhinoceros horn cup is very skillfully carved with a subject that has... [Lire la suite]
28 juillet 2009

Old jewelry sold @ Sotheby's London

English, late 14th/15th century. Finger ring engraved gold, set with a sapphire in hexagonal collet, inscribed: JOYE SANZ FYN (joy without end) on the interior. inside diameter: 1.8cm., 7/8 in.  Est. 8,000—12,000 GBP. Sold 70,850 GBP PROVENANCE: Found near St. Oswald's Church, Winwick, Cheshire LITERATURE AND REFERENCES : 'Ring is Real Treasure', in The Warrington Guardian, 26 April 2008 French, second half 14th century. Pectoral cross silver, enamelled and engraved on reverse with the lamb of God and the... [Lire la suite]