03 juin 2011

A very rare Ming-style blue and white moonflask, bianhu. Yongzheng period (1723-1735)

A very rare Ming-style blue and white moonflask, bianhu. Yongzheng period (1723-1735). Photo: Christie's Images Ltd. 2011 Of globular form with characteristic flattened sides, well painted with five lychee fruits on a flowering leafy branch above a band of crested waves encircling the base, the cylindrical neck is decorated with a band of upright overlapping plantain leaves, below rows of circles within line borders at the mouth rim, each side of the neck flanked by a pair of lingzhi-shaped handles with classic scrolls within... [Lire la suite]
03 juin 2011

A very rare blue and white octagonal pear-shaped vase, yuhuchunping. Yuan dynasty (1279-1368)

A very rare blue and white octagonal pear-shaped vase, yuhuchunping. Yuan dynasty (1279-1368). Photo: Christie's Images Ltd. 2011 Moulded in three horizontal registers with lotus-shaped panels around the base enclosing eight precious objects, babao, the lozenge shaped panels around the body enclosing lotus and peony sprays and bouquets alternating with trellis patterns and lotus sprays emerging from waves, the shoulder with three panels depicting the friends of winter, pine, prunus and bamboo beneath a keyfret band and upright... [Lire la suite]
03 juin 2011

An extremely rare Ming large blue and white 'carp' fishbowl. Wanli six-character mark and of the period (1573-1619)

An extremely rare Ming large blue and white 'carp' fishbowl. Wanli six-character mark and of the period  (1573-1619). Photo: Christie's Images Ltd. 2011 Strongly potted with deep rounded sides rising to a raised rim, superbly painted in vibrant tones of cobalt blue with a skilfully composed design of four fish, each carefully distinguished and with great naturalism and sense of movement, swimming amidst flowering lotus plants, duckweed and other aquatic plants above a band of cresting waves; 22 1/4 in. (56.5 cm.) diam.... [Lire la suite]
03 juin 2011

A rare and finely painted late Ming blue and white 'dragon and phoenix' garlic-headed vase, suantouping. Wanli

A rare and finely painted late Ming blue and white 'dragon and phoenix' garlic-headed vase, suantouping. Wanli six-character mark and of the period (1573-1619). Photo: Christie's Images Ltd. 2011 The globular body painted in inky-blue tones on each side with a sinuous five-clawed horned ascending dragon flanked by a pair of descending phoenix in flight, confronting a 'flaming pearl' reserved on a ground of loose composite floral meander, above a border of prunus flowerheads on a wave ground, and keyfret around the foot, the tall... [Lire la suite]
02 juin 2011

A fine and rare early Ming blue and white conical bowl. Xuande six-character mark within double-circles and of the period -

A fine and rare early Ming blue and white conical bowl. Xuande six-character mark within double-circles and of the period  (1426-1435).. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd. 2011 The gently-rounded sides finely painted with a leafy scroll bearing six full peony blooms alternating with six smaller buds, between a single line below the rim and an overlapping-petal band above the short foot, the interior painted with a six-petalled flower-head within double-lines at the well and rim8 1/8 in. (20.6 cm.) diam., Japanese wood box .... [Lire la suite]
02 juin 2011

A Fine and very rare Ming blue and white stembowl. Wanli six-character mark in a line and of the period (1573-1619)

A fine and very rare Ming blue and white stembowl. Wanli six-character mark in a line and of the period (1573-1619). Photo: Christie's Images Ltd. 2011 The bowl with an everted rim, painted on the exterior and interior well with peony scrolls, the interior with a central medallion of three lotuses, raised on a slightly flared columnar support decorated with a continuous band of lotus scrolls, all within double-line borders, the reign mark evenly spaced on the interior of the stem foot; 6 in. (15.3 cm.) diam., box  Estimate... [Lire la suite]
02 juin 2011

A rare pair of blue and white octafoil saucers. Longqing six-character marks within double circles and of the period

    A rare pair of blue and white octafoil saucers. Longqing six-character marks within double circles and of the period  (1567-1572).  Photo: Christie's Images Ltd. 2011 Each shallow dish with eight bracket lobes, the centre painted with a monkey and deer below a fruiting peach tree in a terraced landscape, the well with a circular lotus pond; 5 in. (12.5 cm.) wide (2). Estimate HK$250,000 - HK$350,000($32,286 - $45,200). Price Realized HK$437,500 ($56,500) Provenance : Previously sold at Christie's... [Lire la suite]
02 juin 2011

An early Ming blue and white small barbed-rim dish. Yongle period (1403-1425).

An early Ming blue and white small barbed-rim dish. Yongle period (1403-1425). Photo: Christie's Images Ltd. 2011 The eight barbs on the rim continuing into the well, finely painted in vivid cobalt tones at the centre with two pomegranate flowerheads borne on a leafy stem issuing further small buds within lobed double-line borders, the well divided into eight fluted panels, each filled with alternating pomegranate flowerheads and fruits below a continuous lingzhi scroll around the moulded rim, the underside of the well repeating... [Lire la suite]
02 juin 2011

A fine and very rare blue and white 'mythical beast' bowl. Wanli six-character mark within double-circles and of the period

  A fine and very rare blue and white 'mythical beast' bowl. Wanli six-character mark within double-circles and of the period (1573-1619). Photo: Christie's Images Ltd. 2011 Painted with a fanciful scene of five-clawed dragons and mythical beasts in a tree-strewn landscape including a qilin as well as lion-headed, horse-headed, deer-headed, elephant-headed creatures and a conch, between a band of fruiting sprigs at the rim and precious emblems surrounding the base, the interior painted with a central medallion containing a... [Lire la suite]
02 juin 2011

An important and extremely rare early Ming massive blue and white charger. Xuande six-character mark and of the period (1426-143

An important and extremely rare early Ming massive blue and white charger. Xuande six-character mark and of the period (1426-1435).  Photo: Christie's Images Ltd. 2011 The unusually large charger finely and confidently painted on the interior medallion with two long-tailed parrots perched on fruiting peach branches, the birds' arched bodies leaning towards each other, encircled by composite floral sprays of chrysanthemum, lotus, pomegranate, lychee, peach, and peony beneath the straight mouth rim decorated with double... [Lire la suite]