18 juillet 2010

An Aubergine Lion Mask Handled bombé bronze form censer. 明代 Ming Dynasty, 崇禎 Chongzhen Period (1628-1644).

An Aubergine Lion Mask Handled bombé bronze form censer. 明代 Ming Dynasty, 崇禎 Chongzhen Period (1628-1644). photo Vermeer & Griggs the compressed bulbous body sits atop a splayed foot, rising to a slightly everted flat rim with opposing male lion-headed handles mounted on the shoulder covered entirely in a deep eggplant purple toned glaze. The bottom shows evidence of radial chatter marks from the potter's wheel.Height:  2" (5.1cm)  Diameter mouth:  4 5/8" (11.8cm). Condition:... [Lire la suite]
07 février 2010

A large Dehua libation cup. 明代 Ming Dynasty, 崇禎 Chongzhen Period (1628-1644)

A large Dehua libation cup. 明代 Ming Dynasty, 崇禎 Chongzhen Period (1628-1644) modeled in the form of a rhinoceros horn with applied decoration covered in a creamy translucent glaze. On one side is a stag with overhanging clouds and peony branches and to the other side prunus branches and a dragon descending from clouds while another dragon appears between upright rocks. The cup sits on a carved stand of stylized open rockwork. The cup follows closely to those dating to circa 1640. Height:  2 3/4"... [Lire la suite]
01 juillet 2009

Two Chinese blue and white porcelains. Chongzhen (1628-1643)

A Chinese Transitional blue and white vase. Chongzhen (1628-1643) Painted with a continuous scene of fern-grown rocks and mountains among swirling clouds, with four characters from the well-known semi-historical novel 'The Water Margin', firing flaw to the rim. 45.1 cm. high. Est. €8,000 - €10,000 Provenance: Formerly in the collection of the Royal house of Hannover from the Schloss Marienburg. Notes: The characters depicted are from the Ming dynasty novel Shuihu Zhuan, 'Water Margin'. It is the story of the bandit Song... [Lire la suite]
11 mai 2009

A Transitional blue and white sleeve vase. Chongzhen, Circa 1640

A Transitional blue and white sleeve vase. Chongzhen, Circa 1640 Decorated with an Archer, standing beside three boys, one of the boys carrying a large lotus plant; the base unglazed (restored chip to rim). 47cm (18½in) high. Estimate: £15,000 - 18,000 Ex: A Private European Collection.There may well be a literary allusion here since, of course, heroes from classical literature were popular themes on the wares of the Ming Dynasty. Accurately identifying a character, however, is a difficult science although the Archer... [Lire la suite]
27 avril 2009

A polychrome octagonal dish, Tianqi/early Chongzhen, Ming dynasty, 17th century

A polychrome octagonal dish, Tianqi/early Chongzhen, Ming dynasty, 17th century Painted with a lone fisherman seated on a river bank with rod and basket beneath a pine tree, the rim with a brown wash, the base with a four-character seal mark reading tian xia tai ping (universal peace) within a double square. 20cm (8in) wide. Estimate: £1,000 - 1,500 Provenance: purchased from S. Marchant & Son, London, labelThe Jarras Collection, EnglandNote: A similar dish from the Peony Pavilion Collection was sold at Christie's... [Lire la suite]
02 mars 2009

A Small Blue and White Rectangular Box And Cover, Ming Dynasty, Chongzhen Period

A Small Blue and White Rectangular Box And Cover, Ming Dynasty, Chongzhen Period the rectangular cover cut from the top section of the box, painted with a long-tailed bird perched on the branch of a flowering tree which partially obscures a large moon, among rocks and bamboo, the box painted on four sides with prunus and lotus branches, the underside of the cover with a two-character inscription (2). 1 7/8 x 4 5/8 x 3 1/8 in., 4.8 x 11.7 x 7.9 cm. Estimate 7,000—9,000 USD Sotheby's. Chinese Works of Art. 17 Mar 09.New York... [Lire la suite]