20 juin 2011

The Melikian Collection of chinese amber @ Bonhams

A carved amber group of playful children. 18th Century. Photo Bonhams Depicting five little boys teasing a cat that sits on a drum while another cat nestles to one side, the amber of dark honey brown hue with some incised details and deep fissure lines. 3 1/3in (8.5cm) long - Estimate: US$6,000 - 9,000 Property from the Melikian Collection, Phoenix, Arizona A carved amber figure of a Chinese gentleman. Photo Bonhams With his chest and belly exposed, his face with a grimace, his long queue extending down his back. 4 3/8in... [Lire la suite]
18 juin 2011

An amber snuff bottle, 19th Century

An amber snuff bottle, 19th Century. Photo Bonhams Of ovoid form, with flat lip and straight oval foot enclosed by a narrow oval footrim, carved with a continuous scene of sages with attendant and crane under pines, executed in high relief on the even russet colored surface; 2 3/4in (7cm) high. Estimate: US$2,000 - 3,000 Property from the Norman Stiller Collection, San Francisco, California   Bonhams. Fine Asian Art, 21 Jun 2011, San Francisco www.bonhams.com
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28 novembre 2010

Chinese amber and jade pendants @ Bonhams

A fine and rare carved agate 'birthday' pendant. Suzhou, mid Qing dynasty. photo Bonhams The exquisitely carved pendant of rectangular section, intricately carved on both sides, the pictorial side carved through the chocolate-brown layer to the translucent pale ground with a lively scene of two monkeys picking lingzhi, the inscribed side with a ten-character stanza in kaishu script concluding with a two-character seal, both framed under gently incised ruyi-shaped clouds. 4.8cm x 3.8cm. Sold for HK$396,000 清中期 蘇作瑪瑙巧雕靈猴賀壽珮The... [Lire la suite]
15 novembre 2010

Mandarin court necklaces & belt. Qing dynasty

An amber and jadeite mandarin court necklace. Qing dynasty, circa 1900. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010 composed of 121 amberoid beads and four spherical jadeite terminal beads, one with tassel. Estimate £4,000 - £5,000. Price Realised £5,000 A yellow glass bead belt with gilt buckle and a collection of jewelery. Qing dynasty, 19th century and later. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010  the belt composed of three strings of beads, the gilt buckle worked with bats, rui fungus, a shou character and a cat head... [Lire la suite]
19 septembre 2010

An amber snuff bottle, 1730-1795. Imperial, attributed to the Palace workshops, Beijing

An amber snuff bottle, 1730-1795. Imperial, attributed to the Palace workshops, Beijing. photo courtesy Sotheby's of bulbous rounded form, of transparent dark honey-brown color, superbly hollowed and finely carved with two qilong flying amongst dense cloud scrolls, the tail of one dragon curled around to form the footrim; height 2 in., 5.1 cm. Estimate 25,000—35,000 USD. Lot Sold 62,500 USD PROVENANCE: Hugh Moss (HK) Ltd. LITERATURE AND REFERENCES: Vanessa F. Holden, 'The Joe Grimberg Collection of... [Lire la suite]
01 avril 2010

Chess Up Your Interior at Christie's Interiors: Style & Spirit Sale

A rare North European amber figural chess set. Estimate: £4,000-6,000. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2010 SOUTH KENSINGTON.- Christie’s South Kensington’s second Interiors: Style & Spirit sale of the year, to be held on 18 May 2010, includes a special section dedicated to the ancient game of chess. Twenty-five chess sets are on offer, sure to excite and intrigue chess players and aficionados, as well as those captivated by their character and workmanship. The selection on offer is of the utmost quality and condition. Made... [Lire la suite]
08 février 2010

18 karat gold and amber bead necklace, Van Cleef & Arpels, New York, 1972

18 karat gold and amber bead necklace, Van Cleef & Arpels, New York, 1972. Sotheby's Composed of faceted gold beads and amber beads, length 28 inches, signed VCA NY, numbered 4V326-2. Est. 7,000—9,000 USD - Lot Sold 28,750 USD Sotheby's. Important Jewels. 03 Feb 10. New York www.sothebys.com
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08 février 2010

‘Amber: Treasures from Poland’ @ Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow

Wasp in Amber (close-up) © Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery 2010 GLASGOW.- From the earliest times, the southern shores of the Baltic Sea have been associated with the gathering, trading and working of amber - a natural substance which has been long valued by man. Featuring some of the finest items from the Polish national collection, this new exhibition, ‘Amber: Treasures from Poland’ offers a unique chance to see some fascinating and beautiful artefacts which represent both natural history and northern European... [Lire la suite]
22 mai 2009

An amber carving of a qilin seated on a green stained ivory stand, the stand 18th century

An amber carving of a qilin seated on a green stained ivory stand, the stand 18th century the amber beast modelled with a horn to the top if its head, with defined circular nodes to the spine and incised mane and tail detailing, the ivory stand carved and pierced as rockwork issuing bamboo branches and lingzhi sprays, stained a vibrant green -- the stand, 2¾in. (7cm.) wide. Est. £1,200 - £1,500 - Price Realised £23,750 Christie's. Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art & Textiles. 15 May 2009. London, South Kensington... [Lire la suite]
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22 mars 2009

A Royal Collection of Nine Ottoman Amber Mouthpieces, Turkey, 19th century

A Royal Collection of Nine Ottoman Amber Mouthpieces, Turkey, 19th century each of characteristic tapered and waisted form, the amber varying in tone from dark red to a lighter orange, three with gold-overlaid floral motifs around decorating the mid-section, one elongated with enamel and gold-inlay, one with a gilt band carved with foliate motifs and set with coloured gems and turquoise, another with a thin gem-set metal band, mounted within an Italian fruitwood frame carved with masonic symbols. 26cm. max. Estimate... [Lire la suite]