27 mai 2011

Arabic-inscribed circular bronze box and cover & quatrelobed incense burner. Ming dynasty

An Arabic-inscribed circular bronze box and cover. Ming dynasty. Photo Bonhams Of large circular form, the cover cast with a central medallion enclosing an Arabic invocation within a circular border cast with continous foliate wavy scroll, the base cast with apocryphal Zhengde two-character mark. 23.8cm wide. (2). Estimate: HK$300,000 - 500,000, US$ 39,000 - 64,000. Unsold 明 梵字紋圓蓋盒 陽文「正德」篆書款 The inscription on this box is the bismallah, the formula which appears at the start of every sutra or chapter in the Qur'an, and appears... [Lire la suite]
27 juillet 2009

A collection of Limoges champlevé enamelled copper sold @ Sotheby's London

French, Limoges, circa 1220-1240. Bookcover champlevé enamelled copper. 22 by 11cm., 8 5/8 by 4¼in. Est. 50,000—70,000 GBP. Sold 118,850 GBP PROVENANCE: Jacqueline Boccador, Paris NOTE: Thirteenth century Limoges enamel bookcovers of the crucifixion were simplified to relate the story clearly and powerfully. The present plaque, like a similar bookcover sold in the Dormeuil collection, Sotheby's, Paris, 2007, no 18, succeeds with marked elegance. The composition is centered by a figure of the crowned Christ as an... [Lire la suite]
01 juillet 2009

A collection of chinese blue and white, Kangxi (1662-1722)

A Chinese blue and white 'dragon' vase. Kangxi (1662-1722) The slender baluster sides painted with a large writhing dragon clasping the 'sacred' pearl in one claw amongst firing cloud scrolls, the slightly flaring neck encircled by bands of ruyi, clouds, keyfret and jewels, small glaze crack. 46.6 cm. high. Est. €6,000 - €9,000 A Chinese blue and white rouleau vase. Kangxi (1662-1722) The cylindrical body painted with a continuous river landscape with steep rocks, a solitary figure seated on an outcrop, three... [Lire la suite]