15 novembre 2010

Mandarin court necklaces & belt. Qing dynasty

An amber and jadeite mandarin court necklace. Qing dynasty, circa 1900. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010 composed of 121 amberoid beads and four spherical jadeite terminal beads, one with tassel. Estimate £4,000 - £5,000. Price Realised £5,000 A yellow glass bead belt with gilt buckle and a collection of jewelery. Qing dynasty, 19th century and later. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010  the belt composed of three strings of beads, the gilt buckle worked with bats, rui fungus, a shou character and a cat head... [Lire la suite]
15 novembre 2010

kesi rank badges. China, Revivalist period, 1860s & Qing dynasty, 19th century

A pair of kesi rank badges of the first rank crane. Revivalist, late 19th, early 20th century. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010 woven in kesi weave in gilt on a black ground with the first rank Crane; 12.5ins (30cm. square). Estimate £1,000 - £2,000. Price Realised £4,375 Provenance: Comnène-Everts-Logan Collections Two pairs of kesi rank badges. China, Revivalist period, 1860s. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010 both woven with the first rank crane in gilt kesi weave on a black ground (2). Estimate £1,000... [Lire la suite]
09 novembre 2010

A polychrome woven silk kesi fragment, Qing Dynasty

A polychrome woven silk kesi fragment, Qing Dynasty © 2002-2010 Bonhams 1793 Ltd Featuring a frontally posed dragon partially woven in peacock feathers surrounded by clouds and bats above a lishui border, all woven in brightly colored threads on the dark yellow ground (fading, soiling); 29 x 25in (74 x 63.5cm) - Estimate: $2,000 - 3,000 Bonhams. Asian Decorative Arts, 9 Nov 2010. California, San Francisco www.bonhams.com
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09 novembre 2010

Manchu civil rank badges & Manchu military rank badges. Late Qing Dynasty

A group of six Manchu civil rank badges. Late Qing Dynasty © 2002-2010 Bonhams 1793 Ltd The first a second rank golden pheasant worked in polychrome thread counted stitch and gilt couched threads; the second badge applied with a fourth rank wild goose, the surfaces worked in polychrome threads couching gold and silver-wrapped threads; then a pair of badges applied with third rank pheasants, also worked in polychrome threads couching gold and silver-wrapped threads; the last a pair of fifth rank lophura applied onto badges of... [Lire la suite]
30 octobre 2010

Sotheby's Sale of Fine Chinese Ceramics to Be Highlighted by a Blue And White "Peony" Jar

A Magnificent Blue And White 'Peony' Jar, Guan, Yuan Dynasty, Mid 14th Century (est. £400,000-600,000). Photo: Sotheby's LONDON.- In the wake of Sotheby’s record-breaking Autumn sales series in Hong Kong, which totalled over HK$3 billion, Sotheby’s biannual sale of Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art in London will take place on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 and presents for sale over 350 lots. The auction, estimated to realise approximately £5.76 million, will be headlined by a Magnificent Blue and White 'Peony' Jar, Guan,... [Lire la suite]
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]
14 octobre 2010

A superb pair of jadeite imperial seals. Qing dynasty, Jiaqing period.

A superb pair of jadeite imperial seals. Qing dynasty, Jiaqing period. photo courtesy Sotheby's each of square form, surmounted by a superbly carved pair of addorsed dragons, each with bulging eyes and flaring nostrils above curling whiskers and a partially open mouth revealing sharp fangs, the scales and flowing mane defined by fine incisions, the two bodies intertwined and crouching low on the haunches, pierced through the centre with an aperture, one seal deeply and crisply carved with the characters... [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]