11 septembre 2010

Chinese Ming banknote, China, AD 1375

Chinese Ming banknote, China, AD 1375 © Trustees of the British Museum After seizing power from the Mongol rulers of China in 1368, the rulers of the Ming dynasty tried to reinstate bronze coins. However, there was not enough metal available for this, and paper money, made of mulberry bark, was produced. These banknotes continued to be issued by the Board of Revenue throughout the Ming dynasty, but inflation quickly eroded their value. The effect of inflation was so devastating that state-issued banknotes were regarded with... [Lire la suite]
08 septembre 2010

Ming Dynasty bronzes @ Freeman & Co

Rare Chinese Ming cast bronze censer cover. Wanli period. photo courtesy Freeman & Co Of three parts and of graduating cylindrical form, surmounted with cast coiled dragon finial, over Indian lotus and coiled dragon open-work base, raised on a later associated stand. Cover H: 17 in. Estimate $6,000-8,000 PROVENANCE: Washington D.C Collection surmounting dragon missing one horn, minor surface wear and dents to base consistent with age and use Rare Chinese Ming gilt bronze cup. 16-17th century. photo courtesy... [Lire la suite]
07 septembre 2010

Ming Dynasty Monochromes @ Christie's Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 16 - 17 September 2010, New York

An extremely rare pale celadon-glazed compressed globular jar. Yongle period (1403-1425). photo Christie's Ltd 2010    Of broad, compressed form, covered all over, and on the base, with an attractive pale 'winter-green' glaze thinning on the short neck and pooling slightly in darker tears beneath three modified biscuit florets on the sloping shoulders, the interior glazed white; 6 5/8 in. (16.9 cm.) diam., box - Estimate $300,000 - $500,000 Provenance: Nathan Bentz & Co., San Francisco.Harry Nail. Notes:... [Lire la suite]
07 septembre 2010

A Junyao-type tripod bowl. Ming Dynasty

A Junyao-type tripod bowl. Ming Dynasty © 2002-2010 Bonhams 1793 Ltd The deep lobed walls rising to the flattened six petals, raised on three lingzhi head supports covered overall with purple and lavender glaze stopping short of the legs and thinning around the rim and footring; wood stand. 21cm (8¼in) diam. (2).- Estimate: £2,000 - 3,000, € 2,400 - 3,600, HK$ 25,000 - 37,000 Provenance: purchased from Frank Partridge & Sons Ltd., London, on 18 February 1954.A Greek private collection and thence by descent Bonhams.... [Lire la suite]
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06 septembre 2010

Ming Dynasty blue and white @ Bonhams Knightsbridge

A blue and white dish of circular form. Jiajing six-character mark and of the period © 2002-2010 Bonhams 1793 Ltd Decorated on the obverse with three scholars seated beneath the moon. The iconography possibly intended as the three Daoist Immortals: Lu Tung-pin with his sword; Chung-li Ch'uan with his fan; and Chang Kuo-lao with his magic vessel.; 22cm (8⅝in) diam.- Estimate: £10,000 - 15,000, € 12,000 - 18,000, HK$ 120,000 - 190,000 Provenance: Ex. The Margaret Constance Goldney Collection. A blue and white... [Lire la suite]
02 septembre 2010

Chinese monochromes @ Sotheby's, Fine Ceramics and works of Art, 15 Sept 2010, New York

A fine ru-type vase (hu) Qianlong seal mark and period. photo courtesy Sotheby's of pear-shaped form, the rounded sides resting on a slightly flared foot rising to an everted mouthrim, the shoulder molded with a raised band and set with a pair of stylized elephant handles, covered overall in a pale greyish-blue glaze, the base inscribed with a six-character Qianlong seal mark in archaising characters: height 12 in., 30.5 cm - Estimate 180,000 - 250,000 USD NOTE: This vase is exceptional for its... [Lire la suite]
01 septembre 2010

Chinese Blue & White porcelains @ Doyle New York

Chinese Blue and White Glazed Meiping, Qianlong Seal Mark and of the Period. Photo: Courtesy Doyle New York. Delicately drawn with a wide band of foliate lotus and leafy vines between upright overlapping plantain leaves at the foot and pendant lotus panels on the shoulder, the neck with four stylized flowerheads, above a small border of stylized double peach and scrolls. Height 9 3/4 inches. Estimate $150,000 - $200,000. For a similar example see Christie's, Hong Kong, Master Works of Chinese Art, November 5 & 6, 1997,... [Lire la suite]
25 août 2010

Ceramics from Song Dynasty, Jin Dynasty, Yuan Dynasty & Ming Dynasty

A Longquan celadon lotus bowl. Song Dynasty. photo Bonhams Its wide, curving well rising from a flat floor and its exterior walls carved with overlapping lotus petals, the limpid gray-green glaze covering all surfaces except the foot pad. 6 1/4in (16cm) diameter - Sold for $3,965 Provenance: Ex-collection Pankow Family Trust, San Francisco;purchased Bonhams & Butterfields Fine Asian Works of Art sale, 7 June 2005, part lot 2147 A Longquan celadon glazed stoneware jar with carved floral decoration. Ming Dynasty. photo... [Lire la suite]
18 juillet 2010

An aubergine glazed flanged double gourd vase, 明代 Ming Dynasty, 萬曆 Wanli Period (1573-1619).

An aubergine glazed flanged double gourd vase, 明代 Ming Dynasty, 萬曆 Wanli Period (1573-1619). photo Vermeer & Griggs the lower bulb of campana shape and the upper bulb shouldered below the short neck, each section encircled by four vertical notched flanges, covered overall in a rich purple qiepi zi  (aubergine-eggplant skin purple) glaze pooling around the base which is unglazed and with a shallow rounded foot rim. Height:  6 1/4" (16 cm). Condition: Firing hair crack, three flanges with minor damage.... [Lire la suite]
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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]