24 septembre 2010

A carved aquamarine snuff bottle, 1750-1795. Possibly Imperial, attributed to the Palace workshops, Beijing

A carved aquamarine snuff bottle, 1750-1795. Possibly Imperial, attributed to the Palace workshops, Beijing. photo courtesy Sotheby's . of slender tapering rectangular form, with shoulders sloping to a waisted neck, and supported on a concave oval foot, finely carved in low relief with archaistic motifs of confronting qilong, a taotie mask at the center of each face, the striated crystal of an even sky-blue color; height 2 3/4 in., 6.9 cm. Estimate 25,000—35,000 USD. Lot Sold 59,375 USD PROVENANCE: Phillips... [Lire la suite]
20 septembre 2010

A molded and enamelled porcelain figural snuff bottle, 1796-1820.

A molded and enamelled porcelain figural snuff bottle, 1796-1820. photo courtesy Sotheby's molded and decorated in famille-rose enamels as Liu Hai stepping forward with one leg raised and wearing an iron-red gilt-decorated robe over turquoise enamelled trousers, strings of cash in his hands, and with his three-legged toad perched on his shoulder; height 2 1/2 in., 6.4 cm. Estimate 8,000—12,000 USD. Lot Sold 10,000 USD PROVENANCE: Nelly Davies. NOTE: Lui Hai appears to have been a popular subject for... [Lire la suite]
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20 septembre 2010

An enamelled porcelain reclining lady snuff bottle, 1795-1820. Attributed to Jingdezhen.

An enamelled porcelain reclining lady snuff bottle, 1795-1820. Attributed to Jingdezhen. photo courtesy Sotheby's painted in famille-rose enamels, the bottle molded in the form of a reclining lady, her head resting on her right hand, while her left arm extends to reach her upraised left leg, both wrists with gilt bangles, her pale face gazing upward, her hair pulled high into a chignon and accessorized with two flowers, dressed in a yellow-ground robe decorated with floral medallions, over loose white pants cascading... [Lire la suite]
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20 septembre 2010

A white jade snuff bottle, 1750-1850. Suzhou School

A white jade snuff bottle, 1750-1850. Suzhou School. photo courtesy Sotheby's superbly hollowed, of rounded bulbous form resting on a small flat base, below a slightly tapered neck, well carved in low relief with a continuous scene of a figure seated by a double-gourd and a trigram-decorated censer emitting vapors spiraling upward and filling the grotto, the reverse carved with dramatic cliffs and rockwork issuing lingzhi, pine and wutong, the stone of a even white color with a russet inclusion incorporated into the... [Lire la suite]
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19 septembre 2010

An amber snuff bottle, 1730-1795. Imperial, attributed to the Palace workshops, Beijing

An amber snuff bottle, 1730-1795. Imperial, attributed to the Palace workshops, Beijing. photo courtesy Sotheby's of bulbous rounded form, of transparent dark honey-brown color, superbly hollowed and finely carved with two qilong flying amongst dense cloud scrolls, the tail of one dragon curled around to form the footrim; height 2 in., 5.1 cm. Estimate 25,000—35,000 USD. Lot Sold 62,500 USD PROVENANCE: Hugh Moss (HK) Ltd. LITERATURE AND REFERENCES: Vanessa F. Holden, 'The Joe Grimberg Collection of... [Lire la suite]
18 septembre 2010

A carnelian double snuff bottle, 1750-1800. Imperial, attributed to the Palace workshops, Beijing

A carnelian double snuff bottle, 1750-1800. Imperial, attributed to the Palace workshops, Beijing. photo courtesy Sotheby's well hollowed and carved in the form of a 'Hero's vase', the stone of caramel-pink tone with paler inclusions, carved as two cylinders incised with archaistic scroll patterns and carved with mock mask and ring handles, the two bottles linked by a fabulous bird, the whole resting on the back of a crouching feline beast; height 2 in., 5.1 cm. Estimate 30,000—50,000 USD. Lot Sold 80,500 USD ... [Lire la suite]
18 septembre 2010

A blue jadeite snuff bottle. 1770-1850.

A blue jadeite snuff bottle. 1770-1850. photo courtesy Sotheby's superbly well hollowed, of rounded form with a flared neck, the oval foot slightly concave, the stone of pale blue with a hint of gray color and faint snowy white inclusions; height 1 7/8 in., 4.8 cm. Estimate 12,000—15,000 USD. Lot Sold 9,375 USD PROVENANCE: Dr. Louis Walmsley Collection.Vanessa F. Holden. NOTE: Dr. Louis Walmsley, one of the earlier owners of this bottle, was a Canadian missionary stationed in Chengdu during the 1930s until the... [Lire la suite]
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17 septembre 2010

A yellow glass snuff bottle, 1750-1795. Imperial, attributed to the Palace workshops, Beijing

A yellow glass snuff bottle, 1750-1795. Imperial, attributed to the Palace workshops, Beijing. photo courtesy Sotheby's of slender elongated oval form, with shoulders sloping to a waisted neck with slightly everted mouth, the glass of even rich yellow tone, finely carved in relief as if wrapped with a brocade cloth tied with a trailing ribbon; height 2 1/8 in., 5.4 cm. Estimate 20,000—30,000 USD. Lot Sold 31,250 USD PROVENANCE: Gerd Lester Collection.Sotheby's New York, 17th March 1997, lot 21. ... [Lire la suite]
17 septembre 2010

A yellow glass snuff bottle, 1750-1800. Imperial, attributed to the Palace workshops, Beijing

A yellow glass snuff bottle, 1750-1800. Imperial, attributed to the Palace workshops, Beijing. photo courtesy Sotheby's well molded and carved in the form of a mallow flower, the glass of a transparent rich yellow-amber color; height 1 7/8 in., 4.8 cm. Estimate 8,000—12,000 USD. Lot Sold 8,125 USD PROVENANCE: Sotheby's London, 5th December 1983, lot 20. NOTE: An identical glass bottle, but of a more amber tone, is illustrated in Rachelle R. Holden, Rivers and Mountains Far From the World, New York, 1994, pp.... [Lire la suite]
17 septembre 2010

A carved green glass snuff bottle, 1750-1820. Imperial, attributed to the Palace workshops

A carved green glass snuff bottle, 1750-1820. Imperial, attributed to the Palace workshops, Beijing. photo courtesy Sotheby's of rounded form, the transparent green glass carved in low relief on each face with a recessed circular panel, carved on one side with a parrot chained to a perch, the reverse with a parrot swinging from a perch, flanked by mock mask and ring handles on the shoulders; height 2 1/4 in., 5.7 cm - Estimate 8,000—12,000 USD. Lot Sold 17,500 US PROVENANCE: Collection of Arthur Loveless.Kardos... [Lire la suite]