22 juin 2011

Chinese robes and surcoats @ Bonhams, San Francisco

A Manchu noblewoman's embroidered midnight blue surcoat (longgua). Late 19th Century. Photo Bonhams Intricately embroidered in white, polychrome and gilt-wrapped threads with eight roundels of five-clawed dragons grasping a precious pearl surrounded by clouds, bats, ribboned auspicious emblems and a shou medallion, all above a wide lishui border that repeats on the edges of the sleeves below three tiny dragon roundels embroidered en suite. 57 1/4in (145.5cm) long - Estimate: US$20,000 - 30,000 A chestnut silk ground... [Lire la suite]
06 juin 2011

Massive Qianlong Lacquer Vase Highlights June Auction In San Francisco

A fine red, black and yellow carved lacquer baluster vase, 18th Century. Estimate $80,000-120,000. Photo Bonhams San Francisco - Summer begins with a wealth of Chinese art at Bonhams & Butterfields, with fine objects in every collecting category going on the auction block June 21 at 10 a.m. A rare carved red, lacquer vase, Qianlong, discovered in an East Coast private collection, is a star lot and cover of the catalogue (est. $80,000-120,000). Carved with classic taotie masks, enclosed in stiff lappet bands on a ground of... [Lire la suite]
09 mai 2011

Chinese Textiles @ Bonhams. Fine Chinese Art, 12 May 2011, New Bond Street

A yellow silk Imperial Court nine-dragons robe. Early 19th century. Photo Bonhams Yellow silk yardage, comprising the front, back and over-flat, for an Imperial dragon robe, jifu, with Five Imperial Symbols, the thin, bright yellow, tabby-woven silk with double-sided embroidery and worked with nine couched gold thread five-clawed dragons chasing flaming pearls against a background of clouds, bats, scattered Buddhist Emblems and 'shou' characters, all above a deep water and wave border, together with the sacred mountain and Precious... [Lire la suite]
03 mai 2011

Chinese textiles @ Nagel Auctions

A fine embroidered dragon robe with five clawed dragons among clouds and auspicious motifs, China, 19th ct. Photo Nagel  L. 139 cm. Red ground plain silk densely embroidered with gold threads and polychrome silks, the fine gold embroidery excuted in couched stitches;. Estimate 6 000 € A fine embroidered Lady's robe with golden dragons on black satin, China, 19th ct. Photo Nagel Gold threads partly loosened, silk satin partly worn. Estimate 2 500 € Provenance: From a German private collection A blue silk robe with... [Lire la suite]
14 décembre 2010

Dragon robe, informal robe & silk velvet vest, Qianlong Period, Qing Dynasty & 19th century

A yellow ground silk brocade dragon robe. Qianlong Period. photo Bonhams The nine dragons on the robe woven with gilt-wrapped threads while the remaining auspicious emblems, clouds and lishui border are defined in bright colors against the dark mustard yellow ground, the neck bands and cuffs woven en suite on a black ground. 53 1/4in (135.5cm) long - Estimate: $40,000 - 60,000. Unsold A blue silk ground embroidered dragon robe. Late Qing Dynasty. photo Bonhams The nine dragons and shou medallions on the robe worked... [Lire la suite]
09 novembre 2010

An embroidered blue ground dragon robe & An embroidered blue gauze summer dragon robe, 19th Century

An embroidered blue ground dragon robe, 19th Century © 2002-2010 Bonhams 1793 Ltd The dragons worked in gilt wrapped threads while the other auspicious symbols, clouds and lishui ground are embroidered in counted stitch that also finishes the black ground neck bands and cuffs (loose gilt threads, upper section of robe shortened with horizontal fold); 56in (142.5cm) long - Estimate: $1,500 - 2,000 An embroidered blue gauze summer dragon robe, 19th Century © 2002-2010 Bonhams 1793 Ltd The decoration achieved in white... [Lire la suite]
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25 juin 2010

Kesi-woven dragon robes & a lady's kesi-woven silk vest, 19th Century & Qing Dynasty

A fine and rare blue ground embroidered dragon robe for a civil official on the Board of State Music. Guangxu, Late 19th Century. photo Bonhams The brilliant blue satin gound embroidered with a single four-clawed dragon that envelopes the front, back and shoulders above four other four-clawed dragons surrounded by cloud scrolls and bats above a lishui border, the details including gilt-wrapped couched threads and brilliant purple threads combined with shades of blue, white and yellow; the inside right satin flap as... [Lire la suite]
16 mai 2010

Chinese robes & embroidered rank badges @ Nagel - Auction Fine Asian Art. May 7th 2010

A fine embroidered and fur-lined surcoat with flowers and shou characters against chestnut ground. China, Qianlong-Jiaqing period. © 2010 Nagel - Auction L. 136 cm. Estimate €4500. Sold €8500 A dark red winter robe with fur lining. China, 19th ct. © 2010 Nagel - Auction woven brocade with graphic roundels against a ruyi square ground, wide cut sleeves. Minor stains, the reverse partly discoloured. L. 129 cm. Estimate €2000. Sold €2000 Property from an old German Noble collection A blue silk dragon robe with... [Lire la suite]
24 mars 2010

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

A fine and rare gold 'kesi' 'one hundred birds' jacket. Qing dynasty, 19th century. photo courtesy Sotheby's finely woven depicting 'one hundred birds' in a landscape with trees flowers including pomegranates, finger citrons, nandina berries, crab apples, and peaches - width 63 in., 160 cm. Est. 20,000—30,000 USD. Lot Sold  50,000 USD NOTE: Compare a 'one hundred boys' informal robe in the collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, illustrated by Robert Jacobsen, Imperial Silks: Ch'ing Dynasty Textiles in The... [Lire la suite]
08 octobre 2009

A superb and rare large blue and white 'dragon' moonflask. Seal mark and period of Qianlong

A superb and rare large blue and white 'dragon' moonflask. Seal mark and period of Qianlong the well potted body of flattened globular form, superbly painted on each side in vivid tones of cobalt-blue with simulated 'heaping and piling' with a medallion enclosing a ferocious full-faced dragon, the scaly five-clawed beast framed by flaring horns and flowing mane, leaping amidst swirling vaporous clouds and flames, the medallion reserved on a ground of scrollwork issuing three large lotus blooms extending up each... [Lire la suite]