23 octobre 2010

A rare blue and white 'peony and wave' vase, Yuan dynasty

A rare blue and white 'peony and wave' vase, Yuan dynasty. photo courtesy Sotheby's the finely potted pear shaped body rising from a short spreading foot to a tall trumpet neck with flaring rim, freely painted around the exterior in rich cobalt-blue tones with a leafy undulating peony scroll, all reserved on a dense wave ground, the everted rim with a classic scroll band with edge dressed in brown; 27 cm., 10 1/2 in. Estimate 1,500,000—2,000,000 HKD. Lot Sold 1,700,000 HKD PROVENANCE: A Japanese Collection. NOTE: Vases... [Lire la suite]
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28 août 2010

Fine Chinese Ceramics @ Christie's, 16 September 2010

A rare biscuit-decorated blue-ground pear-shaped vase. JiaJing six-character mark written in white slip in a line and of the period  (1522-1566). Photo: Christie´s Images Ltd 2010 The body decorated on one side below the mark with a dragon leaping amidst clouds between two dragons that continue around the sides, all reserved in the biscuit and detailed in white slip in contrast to the dark blue ground, the two ribs encircling the neck and the rim of the dished mouth also left in the biscuit; 10¼ in. (26 cm.) high -... [Lire la suite]
25 août 2010

Ceramics from Song Dynasty, Jin Dynasty, Yuan Dynasty & Ming Dynasty

A Longquan celadon lotus bowl. Song Dynasty. photo Bonhams Its wide, curving well rising from a flat floor and its exterior walls carved with overlapping lotus petals, the limpid gray-green glaze covering all surfaces except the foot pad. 6 1/4in (16cm) diameter - Sold for $3,965 Provenance: Ex-collection Pankow Family Trust, San Francisco;purchased Bonhams & Butterfields Fine Asian Works of Art sale, 7 June 2005, part lot 2147 A Longquan celadon glazed stoneware jar with carved floral decoration. Ming Dynasty. photo... [Lire la suite]
19 juin 2010

The David Vases, Jingdezhen, dated equivalent to AD 1351

The David Vases, Jingdezhen, dated equivalent to AD 1351. British Musuem These vases are among the most important examples of blue-and-white porcelain in existence, and are probably the best-known porcelain vases in the world. They were made for the altar of a Daoist temple and their importance lies in the dated inscriptions on one side of their necks, above the bands of dragons. The long dedication is the earliest known on Chinese blue-and-white wares. The dedication records that in AD 1351 a man named Zhang Wenjin from... [Lire la suite]
14 juin 2010

Footed bowl. Porcelain covered with blue glaze, Qinbai. China, Yuan dynasty, beginning of 14th century

Footed bowl. Porcelain covered with blue glaze, Qinbai. China, Yuan dynasty, beginning of 14th century. H. 10; Diam. 9.5 cm. Inv. no. 2372. Calouste Gulbenkian Museum  © 2008 Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian Bowl with double walls with four foliate panels where holy personages from the Taoist religion stand out in relief under bamboo leaves, framed by a fine rope of pearls that accentuates the lobed edge and is repeated in the interior. Partially translucid, it is covered with bluish glaze, described by the term qingbai... [Lire la suite]
01 juin 2010

New Book Catalogs Unique Collection of Rare Antique Chinese Porcelain

The Alan Chuang Collection of Imperial Chinese Porcelain. HONG KONG.- Mr. Alan Chuang Shaw Swee announced the publication of a new book cataloguing his unique collection of rare antique Chinese porcelain, The Alan Chuang Collection of Imperial Chinese Porcelain. The collection of Imperial Chinese Porcelain assembled by Mr Alan Chuang Shaw Swee, Chairman of the Chuang’s Consortium International Limited, is one of the most important collections to have been acquired over the past 30 years. Alan Chuang has had a passion for... [Lire la suite]
25 mai 2010

Chinese ceramics @ Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art. 12 May 10 London

An extremely rare 'ge' brushwasher. Yuan dynasty. photo Sotheby's finely potted, the lobed flaring sides rising from a slightly concave base to an everted rim, covered overall with a thick and lustrous soft grey glaze suffused with a matrix of dark grey and gold crackles, the base with six spur marks revealing the blackish body beneath - 12.5cm., 4 7/8 in. - Est. 80,000—220,000 GBP Lot Sold 993,250 GBP NOTE: The delicate potting and glaze that thins at the rim to reveal the black body with a prominent crackled effect... [Lire la suite]
26 mars 2010

Yuan dynasty's 'qingbai' & 'longquan' celadon @ Sotheby's

A carved 'qingbai' 'dragon' vase (meiping). Yuan dynasty. photo courtesy Sotheby's the baluster body boldly carved with a large dragon amidst foaming waves, all between a lotus lappet band at the base and a floral scroll encircling the shoulder - height 10 7/8 in., 27.6 cm. Est. 40,000—60,000 USD. Lot Sold 40,625 USD NOTE: Vases of this type are quite precisely datable since several examples are known from dated archaeological sites. A closely related pair of 'Qingbai' meiping with covers unearthed at Wannian county,... [Lire la suite]
23 mars 2010

Ming dynasty jade @ Sotheby's, Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, 23 Mar 2010, New York

A rare and large celadon jade water buffalo. Late Ming / early Qing dynasty. carved recumbent with legs tucked beneath the body, the head raised and turned to the side with round bulging eyes and long powerful curved horns, the stone of pale celadon tone with grayish-brown inclusions - width 9 5/8 in., 24.5 cm. Est. 100,000—150,000 USD. Lot Sold 104,500 USD PROVENANCE: The Henry and Sula Walton Collection of Asian Ceramics and Works of Art. NOTE: The present piece is notable for its sensitive rendering, with the rich... [Lire la suite]
28 février 2010

A very rare imperially inscribed small guanyao vase. Southern Song/Yuan dynasty, 13th century

A very rare imperially inscribed small guanyao vase. Southern Song/Yuan dynasty, 13th century. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2010 Of tapering pear shape raised on a tall foot, covered overall with a thick crackled glaze of bluish-grey tone thinning on the edges of the lug handles, the foot rim left unglazed revealing the dark greyish-brown ware, the base finely inscribed with an imperial poem praising its charm and essence, followed by a Qianlong cyclical bingxu date, corresponding to the summer of 1766, and one seal reading... [Lire la suite]