09 mai 2010

An exceptionally rare green enamel-decorated holy water bottle. Ming dynasty, early 15th century

An exceptionally rare green enamel-decorated holy water bottle. Ming dynasty, early 15th century. photo Christie's Ltd 2010 The high-shouldered body decorated with an undulating peony scroll set between lappet borders below a band of classic scroll at the base of the neck separated by a raised flange decorated with overlapping leaf tips from detached blossoms on the upper neck, all in a soft apple-green enamel and reserved on a white ground - 9 in. (22.8 cm.) high Est. £100,000 - £150,000 ($147,000 - $220,500) Provenance:... [Lire la suite]
02 mai 2010

A cinnabar lacquer 'prunus' box and cover. Ming dynasty, 16th century

A cinnabar lacquer 'prunus' box and cover. Ming dynasty, 16th century. photo Sotheby's of compressed circular form, the cover carved in high relief with a prunus blossom spray amid drifting cloud swirls, the box resting on a slightly countersunk base and similarly decorated with a prunus spray and cloud swirls, the interiors lacquered black - 8.3 cm., 3 1/4 in. Est. 50,000—70,000 HKD. Lot Sold 87,500 HKD PROVENANCE: A Private Japanese Collection. Sotheby's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS & WORKS OF ART. 08 Apr 10. Hong Kong... [Lire la suite]
02 mai 2010

A cinnabar lacquer incense box and cover. Late Ming Dynasty

A cinnabar lacquer incense box and cover. Late Ming Dynasty. photo Bonhams Of circular form, the domed cover carved with Budai seated on a rock and waving a fan above the heads of two clambering boys, approached by a third boy bearing a ruyi sceptre, all against a foliate diaper ground, the sides of the base carved with blossoming peonies against a similar ground, the interiors and base lacquered black. 8.1cm (3¼in) diam. (2). Estimate: £3,000 - 5,000, HK$35,000 - 59,000 Footnote: Compare an incense box and cover, formerly in... [Lire la suite]
02 mai 2010

Ming Dynasty ivory @ Bonhams

A stained ivory figure of a luohan, Ming Dynasty. photo Bonhams The slender standing figure wearing long cascading robes, secured with a belt with long hanging tassel, holding an alms bowl in his left hand, the large head carved with furrowed brow and flanked by pendulous earlobes, the ivory stained to a rich treacle colour, wood stand. 24.7cm (9¾in) high (2). Estimate: £4,000 - 6,000, HK$47,000 - 71,000 An ivory and gilt-mounted square tray, Ming Dynasty. photo Bonhams The four sides finely carved in openwork with a... [Lire la suite]
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02 mai 2010

A painted plaster rectangular fresco. Ming Dynasty

A painted plaster rectangular fresco. Ming Dynasty. photo Bonhams Painted in vegetable dyes largely in an iron-red and green palette with two elegant lady Immortals respectively playing a long clarinet and a pipe cluster, wearing long flowing robes in the Tang style and with headpieces thickly decorated with jewellery.Framed, overall 85cm x 54.5cm (33½in x 29½in). Estimate: £2,000 - 3,000, HK$24,000 - 35,000 Provenance: Purchased in Paris circa 1966-1967 Bonhams.  Fine Chinese Art, 13 May 2010. New Bond Street... [Lire la suite]
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01 mai 2010

Ming dyansty jade @ Bonhams. Fine Chinese Art, 13 May 2010

A pale green jade 'monkey and horse' group, Ming Dynasty. photo Bonhams Well carved in the round to depict a recumbent horse with his head turned sharply to the left over his body, looking at a small monkey clambering up his back, the stone of a greyish-green tone with brown inclusions, wood stand, fitted box. 8.2cm (3¼in) wide (3). Estimate: £5,000 - 7,000, HK$59,000 - 83,000 Provenance: Purchased at Bluett & Sons, London, 1960sThe Collection of Mr Harold Cooper A green jade carving of a toad. Ming Dynasty.... [Lire la suite]
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24 avril 2010

Christie's Hong Kong to offer an important private collection of rhinoceros horn carvings from the Songzhutang collection

A rare and exceptionally well-carved “Hundred Boys” rhinoceros horn libation cup. Late Ming/early Qing dynasty, 17th century; 7 in. (17.8 cm.) high. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2010 Hong Kong – Following the success of Important Chinese Rhinoceros Horn Carvings from the Songzhutang Collection Part I sold in May 2008, Christie’s Hong Kong is proud to offer a further selection of 30 magnificent rhinoceros horn carvings from Part II of the collection, ‘The Pine and Bamboo Studio’, on Monday, 31 May 2010. One of the finest... [Lire la suite]
23 avril 2010

Ming dynasty ceramics @ Sotheby's Hong Kong

A fine and rare anhua-decorated white-glazed bowl. Ming dynasty, Yongle period. photo Sotheby's finely potted with steeply rounded sides and everted rim springing from a gently tapering foot, masterfully decorated on the interior in anhua technique with a pair of mighty five-clawed dragons with scaly sinuous bodies racing around the sides to surround a delicately incised central wisp of cloud, the exterior faintly incised with a border of lotus petal lappets around the base, applied overall with an even white glaze of warm... [Lire la suite]
13 avril 2010

Ming dynasty blue and white porcelains @ Sotheby's Hong Kong

A rare and magnificent blue and white ewer. Ming dynasty, Yongle period. photo Sotheby's based on a Persian metal form, the pear-shaped body painted in vibrant colbalt tones with a continuous leafy lotus scroll, growing around and into a ruyi-head shaped cartouche on the center of each side, all below a tapering neck with a band of pomegranate scroll and a pendent ruyi-head band rising to an everted rim painted with gardenia sprays, set with an elegant curved handle surmounted by an eyelet above three moulded bosses... [Lire la suite]
10 avril 2010

A bronze quatrefoil washer with chilong handles. Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century

A bronze quatrefoil washer with chilong handles. Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century. photo Sotheby's of begonia shape, supported on four cabriole legs, rising to flaring curved sides, flanked by two confronting clambering chilong, their bodies forming the handles, the countersunk base with an apocryphal Xuande mark - 20.6 cm., 8 1/8 in. Est. 120,000—180,000 HKDLot Sold 375,000 HKD PROVENANCE: Christie's Hong Kong, 2nd November 1999, lot 784. Sotheby's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS & WORKS OF ART. 08 Apr 10. Hong Kong... [Lire la suite]