21 juin 2011

Recently discovered masterpiece of Islamic art: a treasure from Cairo. The thousand year-old Fatimid rock crystal ewer

Bergkristallkrug aus der Keir Collection. Ägypten – wahrscheinlich Kairo, fatimidisch, spätes 10. bis frühes 11. Jh.  Fassung in Gold durch Jean–Valentin Morel, 1854 © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Sammlung Edmund de Unger, Foto: Andy Smart BERLIN.- The discovery of this intricately crafted rock crystal ewer recently caused a sensation on the British art market. The priceless object first made a stir in the press for being a 'sleeper', after being originally priced between ₤100 to ₤200 and mistaken by a smaller auction house... [Lire la suite]
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19 mai 2011

Two rock crystal 'lotus' & 'chilong' brush washers. Late 18th-early 19th century

A rock crystal 'lotus' brush washer. Late 18th-early 19th century. Photo Bonhams Deeply carved in the form of a curled lotus leaf with undulating rim, its stem forming the base, with further stems and lotus flowers carved in high relief to the sides, the crystal of a smokey brown hue. 9.8cm (4in) wide. Sold for £3,360 A rock crystal 'chilong' brush washer. Late 18thearly 19th century The deep quatrefoil vessel carved in high relief around the sides with two clambering chilongs and sprouting lingzhi fungus, the crystal of a... [Lire la suite]
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05 avril 2011

A large carved rock crystal vase and cover. Late Qing dynasty

A large carved rock crystal vase and cover. Late Qing dynasty. Photo Sotheby's of flattened baluster form, one side carved in high relief with a bird perched on a fruiting peach branch, the reverse similarly carved with a branch issuing blossoming flowers, the neck flanked by a pair of ruyi-form handles suspending loose-ring handles, the cover surmounted by a phoenix grasping a sprig of lotus flower in its beak (2); height 10 1/4 in., 26 cm. Estimate ,000—12,000 USD. Lot Sold 10,000 USD Property from the descendants of... [Lire la suite]
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06 février 2011

Platinum, Opal, Rock Crystal and Diamond Necklace, Tiffany & Co., retailed by Bailey, Banks & Biddle, first half 20th Century.

Platinum, Opal, Rock Crystal and Diamond Necklace, Tiffany & Co., retailed by Bailey, Banks & Biddle, first half 20th Century. photo Sotheby's The graduated single-strand composed of opal beads measuring approximately 13.6 to 6.2 mm., spaced by faceted rock crystal rondelles measuring approximately 7.5 to 3.9 mm., the clasp set with old European-cut diamonds weighing approximately .15 carat, length 19 inches, partially obscured signature for Tiffany & Co., signed BBB, numbered 91546. Estimate 20,000—30,000 USD. Lot... [Lire la suite]
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08 décembre 2010

The Louis XV Vincennes Service & Louis XV gilt-bronze and rock crystal chandeliers and ormolu and patinated bronze cartel clock

A pair of gilt-bronze and rock crystal chandeliers, Louis XV. photo Sotheby's each of cage form with nine scrolled candlearms hung with faceted pear and diamond shaped drops, beads and flowerheads, one drop with the printed paper label Pietro Accorsi Antichita Via Po 55 Torino, in ink number 4637; formerly drilled for electricity, each approx: 82cm. high, 68cm. diameter; 2ft.8¼in., 2ft.2¾in. Estimate 80,000—120,000 GBP. Lot Sold 87,650 GBP PROVENANCE: Pietro Accorsi, TurinFormerly in the collection of Alberto Bruni... [Lire la suite]
06 novembre 2010

Three Fabergé Carved Rock Crystal, Gold, Enamel and Diamond Parasol Handles

Fabergé Carved Rock Crystal, Gold, Enamel and Diamond Parasol Handle, Workmaster Michael Perchin, St. Petersburg, circa 1890. photo courtesy Sotheby's the carved rock crystal handle of T-shape, the collar enameled pink over a wavy guilloché ground and set with undulating bands of rose-cut diamonds and intertwined bands of chased gold laurel leaves, the upper and lower borders with bands of leaves enameled green interspersed with diamonds and circles of opaque white enamel; height 2 1/2 in. (excluding screw) - Estimate... [Lire la suite]
26 octobre 2010

A rare most likely Imperial rock crystal and gilt-bronze and silver kapala on stand and cover, Tibeto-Chinese, Qianlong period.

A rare most likely Imperial rock crystal and gilt-bronze and silver kapala on stand and cover, Tibeto-Chinese, Qianlong period. photo courtesy Nagel The crystal kapala is decorated with a silver rim set with cut-emeralds, the inside with supporting strut inlaid with cut-emeralds. H. 19,5 cm - Estimate €8 000 / 12 000 Nagel Auktionen. Asian Art. November 5th 2010 www.auction.de
16 octobre 2010

Aletto Brothers, Ruby and diamond 'Iris' brooch & Rock Crystal and diamond bracelet

Ruby and diamond 'Iris' brooch, Aletto Brothers. photo courtesy Sotheby's Designed as an iris, the flower bud and leaves concealingly-set with calibré-cut rubies, decorated by pavé-set brilliant-cut diamonds and a channel-set tapered baguette diamond stem, the rubies and diamonds together weighing approximately 60.00 and 10.70 carats respectively, mounted in platinum and 18 karat yellow gold, signed and numbered 120508. Estimate 350,000—420,000 HKD. Lot Sold 375,000 HKD Accompanied by a signed box. Rock Crystal... [Lire la suite]
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16 octobre 2010

Nephrite, rock crystal and onyx 'Swan' bowl, circa 1960, Van Cleef & Arpels

Nephrite, rock crystal and onyx 'Swan' bowl, circa 1960, Van Cleef & Arpels. photo courtesy Sotheby's Composed of carved nephrite, embellished by a swan of textured gold, the wings of carved rock crystal, accented by an onyx-set beak, mounted in 18 karat yellow gold, signed and numbered 124271 S.A. Dimensions approximately 190 x 150 x 80mm. Estimate 65,000—120,000 HKD. Lot Sold 275,000 HKD Accompanied by a fitted signed box. Sotheby's. Magnificent Jewels & Jadeite, 06 Oct 10, Hong Kong www.sothebys.com
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06 juin 2010

A Mughal-style jade-hilted steel Dagger & A Mughal-style rock crystal Dagger Hilt

A Mughal-style jade-hilted steel Dagger. photo Bonhams with tapering and slightly curving watered steel blade with a flattenend spine, the forte decorated in gold with foliate motifs, the light greenish-beige hilt carved in the form of a ram's head, slightly facetted - 48.2 cm. long - Estimate: £2,000 - 3,000 A Mughal-style rock crystal Dagger Hilt  photo Bonhamsin the form of a horse's head wearing a bridle with a wide open mouth with naturalistic detailing, with upturned quillons decorated with foliate... [Lire la suite]
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