16 octobre 2010

A finely carved white jade 'Dragon' moonflask. Qing dynasty, Qianlong period.

A finely carved white jade 'Dragon' moonflask. Qing dynasty, Qianlong period.  photo courtesy Sotheby's of flattened globular form, well carved on each side with a frontal five-clawed dragon, its sinuous body wrapped around a 'flaming pearl', leaping amongst lotus scrolls and bajixiang, the waisted neck adorned with stylised floral and foliate designs, flanked by a pair of dragon ring handles, the lustrous stone of an even white tone with natural inclusions; 20.6 cm., 8 1/8 in. Estimate 1,000,000—1,200,000 HKD. Lot Sold... [Lire la suite]
15 octobre 2010

An extremely rare white jade 'dragon' ruyi sceptre with imperial poem. Qing dynasty, Qianlong period, dated to the guisi year

An extremely rare white jade 'dragon' ruyi sceptre with imperial poem. Qing dynasty, Qianlong period, dated to the guisi year (1773). photo courtesy Sotheby's the slender curved sceptre elegantly carved on the head with a sinuous dragon in relief, in pursuit of a 'flaming pearl', above a shaft carved with an Imperial poem Yong Baiyu Yunlong Ruyi ('Song on a Cloud and Dragon Ruyi Sceptre'), dated to the guisi year of the Qianlong reign corresponding to 1773, followed by two seals, the stone of an even white tone with... [Lire la suite]
11 octobre 2010

A rare nd finely woven imperial kesi twelve-symbol robe. Qing dynasty, Qianlong period.

A rare nd finely woven imperial kesi twelve-symbol robe. Qing dynasty, Qianlong period. photo courtesy Sotheby's the yellow ground worked with eight gold dragons, four in profile clutching 'flaming pearls' amidst five-coloured clouds, and gold shou characters in three different scripts, finely shaded pink and red bats soaring in groups of five at the shoulder blades and the corresponding place in front and others hovering above the foaming and rolling waves, all above an undulating lishui stripe in fine shaded tones of... [Lire la suite]
11 octobre 2010

Zhang Zhao, 'Shi Gu Ge' by Han Yu in cursive script. Qing dynasty, Qianlong period, Early 18th century

Zhang Zhao, 'Shi Gu Ge' by Han Yu in cursive script. Qing dynasty, Qianlong period, Early 18th century.. photo courtesy Sotheby's handscroll, ink on gold-flecked paper with a silk brocade wrapper, signed Zhang Zhao with three seals of the artist, an Imperial frontispiece by the Qianlong Emperor entitled Gui ci shen bi ('A Magnificent Verse Written with a Divine Brush'), dated the gengxu year corresponding to 1790, with 33 seals of the Qianlong Emperor, and one seal by the Xuantong Emperor; 56 by 1203 cm56 by... [Lire la suite]
11 octobre 2010

A superbly embellished and very rare reticulated gold censer and cover. Qing dynasty, Qianlong period.

A superbly embellished and very rare reticulated gold censer and cover in its original fitted leather case. Qing dynasty, Qianlong period. photo courtesy Sotheby's the compressed globular body rising from a short straight foot to an incurved broad mouthrim, finely reticulated and inlaid in lapis lazuli with a beaded band enclosing the bajixiang in lapis lazuli divided by floral sprays in turquoise, each floret centred with a lapis stamen, between reticulated turquoise floret bands and lappet bands at the rim and... [Lire la suite]
09 octobre 2010

A rhinoceros horn libation cup, by Hu Xingyue. Qing dynasty, Qianlong period

A rhinoceros horn libation cup, by Hu Xingyue. Qing dynasty, Qianlong period.. photo courtesy Sotheby's superbly carved in high-relief with several chilong dragons clambering about the body, a group forming the handle and two more on the exterior of the spout, the body with a central band of taotie masks carved in shallow relief against a leiwen ground, encircled on both sides of the lip with a leiwen border repeated on the footrim, the deeply inset base signed Hu Xingyue, the horn of rich, even-toned... [Lire la suite]
08 octobre 2010

A massive imperial white jade 'xintian zhuren' seal. Qing dynasty, Qianlong period

A massive imperial white jade 'xintian zhuren' seal. Qing dynasty, Qianlong period. photo courtesy Sotheby's of large square form, surmounted by a superbly carved pair of addorsed dragons, each powerfully carved with eyes bulging and nostrils flaring above curling whiskers and a jaw bearing sharp fangs, the scales and flowing mane meticulously incised, the two scaly bodies tightly intertwined and crouching on the haunches, pierced through the centre with an aperture, the square seal deeply and crisply... [Lire la suite]
27 septembre 2010

An rare pair of Cinnabar Lacquer 'Ribbon-tied' boxes. Qing dynasty, Qianlong period

An rare pair of Cinnabar Lacquer 'Ribbon-tied' boxes. Qing dynasty, Qianlong period. photo courtesy Sotheby's each imitating two bound books enclosed by a cover, with the shorter sides of the boxes with finely carved and painted wood simulating the pages of the books carried within, each concealing two drawers, the covers intricately carved overall with small octagonal panels framing bats alternating with flowers around a central flower or shou character, carved in high relief and painted in trompe l'oeil with a black lacquer... [Lire la suite]
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19 septembre 2010

A fine and rare Imperial 'Zitan' 'Dahlia' table (Tiaozhuo). Qing dynasty, Qianlong period

A fine and rare Imperial 'Zitan' 'Dahlia' table (Tiaozhuo). Qing dynasty, Qianlong period. photo courtesy Sotheby's of long rectangular form constructed of well-figured, tightly-grained zitan wood members, supported by straight legs of square section terminating in stylised inverted scroll feet, the sides joined by elaborate aprons, each finely carved in relief with an intricate flower scoll centering on a large dahlia bloom, all below a waisted frieze similarly decorated with a finely carved stylised leafy... [Lire la suite]
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17 septembre 2010

A fine and rare yellow glass washer. Qing dynasty, Qianlong period

A fine and rare yellow glass washer. Qing dynasty, Qianlong period. photo courtesy Sotheby's the rich yellow metal of compressed globular form, the rounded sides resting on a curled lotus leaf, subtly carved with carp in a lotus pond, moving amidst large lotus leaves and flowers; height 4 in., 10.2 cm - Estimate 30,000—40,000 USD. Unsold Sotheby's. Fine Ceramics and works of Art. 15 Sept 2010. New York www.sothebys.com
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