15 novembre 2009

Ming dynasty. Imperial green-ground & Imperial yellow-ground porcelains, Six character mark of Jiajing and of the period

Ming dynasty. Imperial green-ground saucer dish. Six character mark of Jiajing within a double ring and of the period, 1522-1566.with gently flaring rim, incised in the centre with a yellow five-clawed dragon in pursuit of a flaming pearl amongst stylised lingzhi clouds and flames within a double ring, the underside with two dragons, each in pursuit of a flaming pearl, the base with collector’s mark. 7 ¾ inches, 19.7cm diameter. Price on request. Provenance: • Formerly in the collection of Edward Arthur Lane... [Lire la suite]
10 octobre 2009

An Imperial 'realgar' glass mallet vase, Palace Workshops. Mark and period of Qianlong

An Imperial 'realgar' glass mallet vase. Palace Workshops. Mark and period of Qianlong. photo Sotheby's of opaque brilliant fiery orange, yellow ochre and chrysochlorous greenish-gold colour glass swirled together resembling the realgar mineral, the body of beehive-domed form rising to a slender cylindrical neck with a rolled lip, the slightly recessed footrim wheel-cut with a four-character Qianlong nianzhi reign mark in regular script enclosed within double squares, (fitted box).  19.5 cm., 7 5/8 in. Est.... [Lire la suite]
09 octobre 2009

Throne of Emperor Qianlong Breaks World Auction Record for Any Chinese Furniture

Qianlong Imperial throne (detail). Photo: Sotheby's HONG KONG.- Today at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Autumn Sale 2009, an outstanding Imperial carved zitan ‘dragon’ throne of Qianlong period was sold for HK$85,780,000/US$11,068,193 to a bidder in the room, breaking the world auction record for any Chinese furniture. Bidding opened at HK$13 million, quickly reaching HK$20 million, when a bidder in the room shouted out a bid of HK$30 million. The frenzied bidding continued for some time, with a new... [Lire la suite]
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04 octobre 2009

'Imperial Chinese Porcelain from the Baur Collections in Geneva' @ Museu de ceramica, Barcelona

Alfred Baur collected some 7,000 Asian pieces from 1907 to 1947. BARCELONA.- A tireless worker, businessman and traveler, the curious, sensitive Alfred Baur collected some 7,000 Asian pieces from 1907 to 1947. In 1924 and advised by the Japanese art dealer Kumasaku Tomita, he began his Chinese porcelain collection, composed of “…small, rare pieces…”, showing a remarkable artistic knowledge that paired elegance and simplicity with sumptuousness. Shortly before his death, Baur acquired a mansion in Geneva’s residential district... [Lire la suite]
04 juillet 2009

An Imperial carved giltwood ceremonial armchair designed by Percier and Fontaine, and made by Jacob-Desmalter in 1804

An Imperial carved giltwood ceremonial armchair designed by Percier and Fontaine, and made by Jacob-Desmalter in 1804, commissioned for Napoleon's Throne Room at the Tuileries total height: 105cm., floor to seat: 46cm., 67cm. wide, 54cm. deep; 3ft.5½in., 1ft.6in., 2ft.2¼in., 1ft.7¼in. Estimate 200,000—300,000 GBP PROVENANCE: Property of a Private Collector NOTE: We are grateful to Mr. Philippe Missillier for his extensive research and contribution in footnoting the present lot. This very rare ceremonial... [Lire la suite]
27 mai 2009

A very rare pair of imperial carved cinnabar lacquer 'dragon' armchairs. Qianlong period (1736-1795)

A very rare pair of imperial carved cinnabar lacquer 'dragon' armchairs. Qianlong period (1736-1795) Each chair elaborately carved through layers of cinnabar lacquer in relief against the dark green keyfret ground, the central back splat curved into a cylindrical scrolled crested rail, decorated with a majestic dragon amongst clouds and waves holding a shou roundel above its head within lotus scroll borders, the dragon motif repeated on the reverse of the back panel and the seat board, the back side panels and the armrests in... [Lire la suite]
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27 mai 2009

An exceptionally rare pair of imperial gilt-bronze 'dragon' ritual bells, bianzhong. Kangxi cast marks, corresponding to 1715

An exceptionally rare pair of imperial gilt-bronze 'dragon' ritual bells, bianzhong. Kangxi cast marks, corresponding to 1715, and of the period The bells are finely cast, each suspended from a pair of dragons forming the handle, the two scaly bodies intertwined, each of the beasts powerfully modelled with its mouth open to reveal its tongue between sharp fangs, with two long studded horns extending back over its head along a finely incised mane, the large claws clutching the barrel-shaped body of the bell, the body exquisitely... [Lire la suite]
12 mai 2009

An imperial lapis lazuli inscribed mountain carving. Qianlong period (1736-95)

An imperial lapis lazuli inscribed mountain carving. Qianlong period (1736-95) The irregular boulder pierced and well carved in deep relief to depict a mountain with craggy surfaces, detailed with a pavilion beside pine trees beneath a gilt-highlighted short inscribed poem at the top, the reverse with a stepped path leading to the pavilion, the layered angular rockwork well rendered. 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm.) wide, carved wood stand. Estimate £15,000 - £20,000 -  Price realised : £18,750 Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics... [Lire la suite]
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12 mai 2009

A pair of fine and rare imperial doucai chicken bowls . Yongzheng underglaze-blue six-character marks within double circles

A pair of fine and rare imperial doucai chicken bowls . Yongzheng underglaze-blue six-character marks within double circles and of the period (1723-35) Each bowl delicately enamelled around the gently rounded sides with two groups, each with a long-tailed cockerel, hen and chicks cavorting in a garden setting and divided by sprays of flowering peony and asters growing from rockwork finely rendered in shades of underglaze blue, one before a papyrus plant, the other next to luscious plantain leaves, the interior with a... [Lire la suite]
08 mai 2009

A fine imperial famille rose porcelain bowl, China, Daoguang six-character sealmark and of the period

A fine imperial famille rose porcelain bowl, China, Daoguang six-character sealmark and of the period D. 11 cm. Est. 5 000 € Provenance: Property from an old German private collection Note: Cf. Tokyo National Museum 'Chinese Ceramics, Vol. II', Tokyo 1990, no. 660 Nagel Auctions. Asian Art. 8th May 2009. www.auction.de
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