30 décembre 2010

Blue & White porcelains from the Lady Lever Art Gallery (1)

Ewer. Porcelain with underglaze blue decoration. H. 18.7 cm. Jingdezhen, China. Transitional period, Shunzhi (1644-1661 AD).. LL 25.  Lady Lever Art Gallery. Ewer with depressed globular body, straight slender neck, and star-shaped mouth. Long spout with foliage attachments. The body is moulded in six lobes. Painted in pale blue with a garden scene. The decorations show a spontaneous, naturalistic style, the subject taken from book illustrations. Exhibited: Lord Leverhulme. Founder of the Lady Lever Art Gallery and Port... [Lire la suite]
26 décembre 2010

Two fine and rare late Ming blue and white rectangular covered boxes. Wanli six-character mark within double-rectangles

A fine and rare late Ming blue and white rectangular 'dragon' covered box. Wanli six-character mark within double-rectangles and of the period (1573-1619). Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010 Of rectangular form with canted corners, decorated in vibrant tones of cobalt-blue to the cover with a rectangular panel enclosing two five-clawed dragons in mutual pursuit of a 'flaming pearl' amidst cloud swirls and above rolling waves crashing against rockwork, the rounded sides of the box and cover with stylised peony scrolls and... [Lire la suite]
26 décembre 2010

A fine and rare early Ming blue and white fruit bowl. Xuande six-character mark in a line and of the period (1426-1435).

A fine and rare early Ming blue and white fruit bowl. Xuande six-character mark in a line and of the period (1426-1435). Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010 The sturdily potted bowl with rounded sides resting on a tall ring foot, the exterior painted in deep purplish-blue tones with concentrated areas of 'heaping and piling' with a classic lotus scroll issuing eight lotus blooms in profile, each framed by an arched stem and curled leaves, above a lotus lappet band around the base, the rim and foot encircled by a border of... [Lire la suite]
26 décembre 2010

A rare large Ming-style blue and white moonflask. Qianlong six-character sealmark and of the period, (1735-1796)

A rare large Ming-style blue and white moonflask. Qianlong six-character sealmark and of the period, (1735-1796). Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010  Superbly painted around the flattened circular body with a broad band of scrolling lotus, between a band of pendent ruyi-heads encircling the shoulder and a lappet border above the gently tapered oval foot ring, decorated with a band of crested waves, repeated under the everted mouth rim, the cylindrical neck with upright leaves and flanked by a pair of archaistic dragon... [Lire la suite]
26 décembre 2010

A fine and very rare blue and white double-gourd vase. Qianlong six-character sealmark and of the period (1736-1795)

A fine and very rare blue and white double-gourd vase. Qianlong six-character sealmark and of the period (1736-1795). Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010 Well painted around the globular body with a lotus scroll between ruyi-heads encircling the shoulder and lotus lappets around the foot, the collared neck with further formal borders, all below the bulbous mouth decorated with further scrolling lotus within a trefoil border, flanked by a pair of strap-shaped handles with ruyi-head terminals; 9 1/8 in. (23.3 cm.) high, box.... [Lire la suite]
24 décembre 2010

Yuan Porcelains @ "The world of Kubilai Khan" @ Metropolitan Museum New York

Plate with Peonies and Waves in Reverse Pattern, 14th century, Yuan dynasty (1271–1368), China. Porcelain with underglaze cobalt blue decoration (Jingdezhen ware); H. 3 11/16 in. (9.4 cm), Diam. 17 13/16 in. (45.3 cm). Lent by The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka The Yuan dynasty was one of the most innovative periods in the decorative arts of China. The native arts of pottery and lacquer were transformed by the coming together of artistic traditions from the north and the south, while craftsmen brought into China from other... [Lire la suite]
19 décembre 2010

Wanli blue and white 'kraak porselein' & Transitional blue and white @ Christie's Amsterdam

A Chinese blue and white 'kraak porselein' wine-pot and a cover. Wanli (1573-1619). Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010 The globular sides painted with a continuous scene of tigers in a fenced garden, applied with upright handle and S-shaped spout, the cover matched, minor chips, frits and baking flaw; 20.4 cm. high - Estimate €1,500 - €2,000 Price Realized €5,000 A Chinese blue and white 'kraak porselein' bowl. Wanli (1573-1619). Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010 Decorated to the exterior with panels of figures... [Lire la suite]
16 décembre 2010

Blue and White Porcelain Dragon Jar Sells for $7.66 Million @ Bonhams & Butterfields

A blue and white porcelain meiping, Qianlong Mark, Late Qing-Republic Period, 14in (35.5cm) high. Est. $10,000-15,000. Courtesy of Bonhams & Butterfields SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- A blue and white porcelain Dragon jar sold for $7,658,000 in the Fine Asian Works of Art sale on Monday December 13th at Bonhams & Butterfields in San Francisco. The 360-lot sale brought more than $19 million with the vast majority of the lots fetching multiples of their estimates. The excitement in the standing-room-only saleroom was palpable, as... [Lire la suite]
06 décembre 2010

Yongzheng & Qianlong Blue and White from the Shorenstein Collection

A fine and very rare underglaze-blue vase, meiping. Yongzheng six-character mark within double-circles and of the period (1723-1735). Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2010 Of slender form with the steeply rounded shoulder tapering gently to a broad ring foot inset from the slightly bulbous base, superbly painted in underglaze-blue of strong vibrant blue tone with scrolling tendrils growing feathery leaves, between double-lines at the foot and below the short cylindrical mouth rim. 9 1/4 in. (23.3 cm.) high - Estimate HK$3,000,000 -... [Lire la suite]
06 décembre 2010

A very rare gilt-metal-mounted blue and white octagonal ewer. Yuan dynasty (1279-1368)

A very rare gilt-metal-mounted blue and white octagonal ewer. Yuan dynasty (1279-1368) . Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2010 The elegant ewer of octagonal section, the lozenge-shaped panels on the body decorated finely decorated in varied tones of rich cobalt blue with extensive 'heaping and piling' with sprigs of camellia, chrysanthemum and blackberry lily, lingzhi, and pomegranate each enclosed by a single line border, the remaining panels left undecorated to accommodate the gilt-metal handle emerging from a raised ruyi-head... [Lire la suite]