27 décembre 2010

Yuan Metalware & Lacquer in "The world of Kubilai Khan" @ Metropolitan Museum, New York

Dish in the Shape of Four Ruyi with Floral Design, Yuan dynasty (1271–1368), China. Gold with repoussé and chased decoration; Diam. 6 5/16 in. (16 cm). Lent by Nanjing Museum This gold dish is exemplary of gold work from South China. Its form and decoration are entirely Chinese and have no relation to the gold objects on view elsewhere in the exhibition, which bear the influence of the Mongolian steppe. The Yuan dynasty was one of the most innovative periods in the decorative arts of China. The native arts of pottery and... [Lire la suite]
25 décembre 2010

Textiles in "The world of Kubilai Khan" @ Metropolitan Museum, New York

Tapestry with Dragons and Flowers, 11th–12th century, Eastern Central Asia. Silk tapestry; 21 x 13 in. (53.3 x 33 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Fletcher Fund, 1987 (1987.275) The treatment of both the dragon and the background of this silk tapestry is typical of Central Asia, where motifs enjoyed great longevity and creative recombination. The form of the dragon, with a long snout and its tail hooked behind its leg, represents a Tang-dynasty convention that survived in Central Asia until at least the... [Lire la suite]
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25 décembre 2010

Yuan Pottery in "The world of Kubilai Khan" @ Metropolitan Museum New York

Bottle with Design of  Waves, Yuan dynasty (1271–1368), China. Pottery with painted decoration (Jizhou ware); H. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm), Diam. of rim: 1 1/8 in. (2.8 cm), Diam. of foot: 2 1/16 in. (5.2 cm). Lent by Jiangxi Provincial Museum Water painting was a major genre in Chinese art of the Song dynasty (960–1279). Albums were painted with images of water in every mode, from gentle ripples to crashing breakers. Walls and screens were also decorated with waves. Few water paintings are known after the... [Lire la suite]
23 décembre 2010

Religious life in "The world of Kubilai Khan" @ Metropolitan Museum New York

Buddha, either Shakyamuni or Akshobhya, late 13th–early 14th century, Yuan dynasty (1271–1368), China. Gilt bronze; H. 13 in. (33 cm), W. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm). Lent by The Palace Museum Although this Buddha's pointed topknot, triangular face, narrow nose, powerful physique, and scanty clothing are based on Indian artistic traditions, several features suggest that this sculpture was made in China. These include the pudginess of the hands and feet and the patterning in the drapery beneath the crossed legs and on the left... [Lire la suite]
23 décembre 2010

Daily Life in "The world of Kubilai Khan" @ Metropolitan Museum, New York

The first section of the exhibition presents objects that relate to daily life in Yuan China. They include examples of men’s and women’s dresses and ornaments; vessels for ritual purposes and everyday use; and articles associated with travel. In every category, there are objects made using in traditional forms and decoration and others that display influences from Northern and Central Asia that arrived with the Mongols. Nearly all objects in this section are recent archaeological finds from China. Scene of a Family Watching a... [Lire la suite]
06 décembre 2010

A very rare gilt-metal-mounted blue and white octagonal ewer. Yuan dynasty (1279-1368)

A very rare gilt-metal-mounted blue and white octagonal ewer. Yuan dynasty (1279-1368) . Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2010 The elegant ewer of octagonal section, the lozenge-shaped panels on the body decorated finely decorated in varied tones of rich cobalt blue with extensive 'heaping and piling' with sprigs of camellia, chrysanthemum and blackberry lily, lingzhi, and pomegranate each enclosed by a single line border, the remaining panels left undecorated to accommodate the gilt-metal handle emerging from a raised ruyi-head... [Lire la suite]
04 décembre 2010

Yuan dynasty 'Longquan' celadon @ Sotheby"s.. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 10 Nov 10, London

A fine 'Longquan' celadon glazed bottle vase. Yuan dynasty. photo Sotheby"s.. the pear-shaped body rising from a short spreading foot to a tall cylindrical neck with broad everted rim, carved around the exterior with a leafy undulating composite floral scroll above a lotus lappet band, the neck with two sets of raised ribs divided by a pair of dragon-head handles suspending large fixed rings, covered overall with a bluish-green glaze thinning to white at the edges and around the carved decoration; 26cm., 10 1/4 in. ... [Lire la suite]
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10 novembre 2010

Sotheby's Sells Magnificent Yuan Dynasty Blue and White 'Peony' Jar For $4.1 Million

Magnificent Blue And White 'Peony' Jar, Guan, Yuan Dynasty, Mid 14th Century (est. £400,000-600,000). Sold for: £2.6 million/$4.1 million. Photo: Sotheby's. LONDON.- This morning at Sotheby’s London a rare and magnificent Yuan Dynasty Blue and White 'Peony' Jar, Guan sold for the exceptional sum of £2.6 million/$4.1 million, more than six times pre-sale expectations (estimate: £400,000-600,000), in the biannual Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Sale. The ‘Peony’ Jar, which came to auction from a Private Portuguese... [Lire la suite]
31 octobre 2010

A large bowl of Cizhou type with russet-splashed black glaze, China, Southern Song (1127-1279) or Yuan dynasty (1279-1368)

A large bowl of Cizhou type with russet-splashed black glaze, China, Southern Song (1127-1279) or Yuan dynasty (1279-1368). photo courtesy Nagel D. 19,1 cm. The conical bowl with beige coloured stoneware body is covered with a lustrous black glaze, on the interior irregularly splashed - Estimate 1 500 € Provenance: From an old German private collection Nagel Auktionen. Asian Art. November 4th 2010 www.auction.de
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]