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AN OUTSTANDING AND HIGHLY IMPORTANT MASSIVE GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF A SEATED SHAKYAMUNI BUDDHA MARK AND PERIOD OF YONGLE, Well-cast and portrayed seated in vajraparyankasana, the right hand held in bhumisparshamudra and the left in dhyanamudra, wearing a pleated robe draped over the left shoulder with the undergarment gathered at the chest, the serene face with downcast eyes and a meditative expression, flanked by a pair of long pendulous ears cut with vertical slots, the head and domed ushnisha covered with tight curls and surmounted by an ovoid jewel, all supported on a double lotus pedestal with beaded edges and inscribed Da Ming Yongle nian shi, the base sealed and engraved with a visvavajra 54.5 cm., 21 1/2 in.
A BRONZE FIGURE OF ARTEMIS AND THE STAG , LATE HELLENISTIC/EARLY ROMAN IMPERIAL, 1st CENTURY B.C./1ST CENTURY A.D., A BRONZE FIGURE OF ARTEMIS AND THE STAG The goddess shown at the moment just after releasing her arrow, her head turned to her left, a bow formerly held in her extended left hand, and wearing elaborately laced sandals, short chiton fastened on the shoulders and with overfold at the waist, the ends of the drapery billowing at the sides, and a fragmentary himation draped over the back, left shoulder, and round about the waist, her face with parted lips, straight nose, and silvered eyes with incised irises and recessed pupils under arched brows, the ears pierced for earrings, her centrally parted wavy hair surmounted by a palmette-engraved crescentic diadem and gathered in a chignon at the back, a stag by her side, a leaping hound perhaps once appearing to her right, the simple rectangular base original to the statue. Height of Artemis 36 1/4 in.; height of base 12 1/2 in.; height of stag 16 3/4 in.; 92.1 cm, 31.8 cm, 42.6 cm
A MAGNIFICENT AND UNIQUE FALANGCAI 'GOLDEN PHEASANT' VASE BLUE ENAMEL MARK AND PERIOD OF QIANLONG, THIS IS A PREMIUM LOT. CLIENTS WHO WISH TO BID ON PREMIUM LOTS ARE REQUESTED TO COMPLETE THE PREMIUM LOT PRE-REGISTRATION 3 WORKING DAYS PRIOR TO THE SALE. BIDnow ONLINE BIDDING SERVICE IS NOT AVAILABLE. of the rarefied guyuexuan type, the body of tapering ovoid shape resting on an unglazed foot enclosing the countersunk mark, surmounted by the tall cylindrical neck finished with a slightly lipped rim, finely potted in the imperial kilns in Jingdezhen in white porcelain of the purest homogenous structure and applied with an even milky-white glaze suffused with tiny bubbles and with a smooth silky surface; enamelled in the imperial palace workshops within the confines of the Forbidden City in the finest opaque 'foreign colours', applied in subtly shaded washes and immaculately depicted detail with a pair of golden pheasants perched on a knotty trunk, the male balancing on one slender yellow leg, the other leg held up to the rich red breast, the head turned back over the shoulder with the long sharp beak flanked by short hairs below the bright oval eye, picked out in black, yellow, red and pink enamels, and the straw-yellow crest falling back over the thick pinkish orange ruff and multi-coloured wing feathers, the long tail depicted in iron red and sepia with yellow spot markings extending to the tip of the longest feather, the female crouching below her mate, the detailing of her feathers subtly picked out in sepia and the only colour being the yellow and puce of her eye; the thick knotted trunk set with spots of pale greenish moss and extending to angled branches sparsely sprouting pale pinkish leaves, small bright blue and deep purple asters with yellow stamens clustering at the base below a rose, the two large pink flowers and a single bud borne on thorny, leafy stems with detailing picked out in black on the green, the whole forming a continuous scene complimented on the neck with a couplet reading Zhaozhao long li yue. Suisui zhan chang chun, ('May you capture the "beautiful month' for days on end. May you seize enduring spring year upon year.') and three seals jiali ('beautiful'), sishi and changchun ('enduring spring at all seasons'), the countersunk base with the four-character mark Qianlong nian zhi written within a double-square in a characteristic greyish blue enamel 20.3 cm., 8 in.
Zhang Daqian (Chang Dai-Chien, 1899-1983) Lotus and Mandarin Ducks, Lotus and Mandarin Ducks Signed DAQIAN ZHANG YUAN, dated ding hai, 1947, spring, titled, with a dedication to Mr and Mrs Kao Ling-mei, two seals of the artist, and two collector's seals of Kao, including one on the titleslip. Titleslip by Kao Ink and colour on paper, hanging scroll 184.5 by 95 cm.; 72 5/8 by 37 3/8 in.
AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE AND IMPORTANT BLUE AND WHITE JAR, GUAN YUAN DYNASTY, MID 14TH CENTURY Robustly potted standing on a broad, low foot rising to a full rounded shoulder below a short cylindrical neck and a slightly thickened mouth rim, vividly painted in a deep and vibrant cobalt blue around the body with a narrative scene depicting a robed figure seated in a two-wheeled cart drawn by a tiger and a leopard, following two foot soldiers each carrying a spear, approaching a rustic bridge across a stream beneath a waterfall, the cart followed by two equestrians on either side of dramatically painted rocks, one in military attire and carrying a banner bearing the characters Gui Gu, the other in scholar's clothes, on a prancing piebald horse and turning towards the first horseman, the composition punctuated by pine, bamboo, flowering prunus, plantain, rose and willow, all between a classic wave band around the neck, a peony scroll around the shoulder, and a band of upright lappets enclosing emblems around the base, hairline crack on shoulder 13 in. (33 cm.) diam., wood stand, fitted box
AN OUTSTANDING BLUE AND WHITE VASE WITH FRUIT SPRAYS, MEIPING MING DYNASTY, YONGLE PERIOD, THIS IS A PREMIUM LOT. CLIENTS WHO WISH TO BID ON PREMIUM LOTS MAY BE REQUESTED BY SOTHEBY'S TO COMPLETE THE PRE-REGISTRATION APPLICATION FORM AND TO DELIVER TO SOTHEBY'S A DEPOSIT OF HK$1,000,000, OR SUCH OTHER HIGHER AMOUNT AS MAY BE DETERMINED BY SOTHEBY'S, AND ANY FINANCIAL REFERENCES, GUARANTEES AND/OR SUCH OTHER SECURITY AS SOTHEBY'S MAY REQUIRE IN ITS ABSOLUTE DISCRETION AS SECURITY FOR THEIR BID. THE BIDnow ONLINE BIDDING SERVICE IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR PREMIUM LOTS. evenly potted of generous proportions with the full rounded shoulders rising at a gently flaring angle from the base, well painted in lively style with a wide band of ten fruit sprays arranged in an alternating double register, the upper register showing lychee, pomegranate, peach, longan, loquat, the lower one with crab apple, melon, ginkgo, cherry, and grape, all between a triple line border above and a five-line border below, the shoulders with a decorative band of twelve flower sprigs including two types of lotus, chrysanthemum, camellia, hibiscus and tea, each contained within a collar formed from interlocking upright and pendent ruyi lappets, all enclosing the white collar and small waisted mouth, the lower body with border of upright lotus lappets each enclosing a further flower sprig similar to those in the upper band, all above a narrow classic leafy scroll band above the foot, the underglaze cobalt blue of intense purplish-blue colour with pronounced 'heaping and piling' emphasising the three-dimensional quality of the design, the unglazed foot and slightly countersunk base showing the fine white ware dotted with tiny brown iron spots 36.5 cm., 14 3/8 in.
A FINE AND HIGHLY IMPORTANT IMPERIAL FAMILLE ROSE 'SWALLOWS' BOWL QIANLONG BLUE ENAMEL FOUR-CHARACTER MARK WITHIN DOUBLE-SQUARES AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795) The bowl finely potted with translucent rounded sides rising to a thin flaring rim, the exterior delicately enamelled in two shades of pink, yellow, green, brown and black with two swallows flying beside a flowering apricot tree intertwined with a willow tree with a gnarled trunk, the reverse inscribed in black with a ten-character poem in four lines, preceded by a ruby-red enamel seal, jiali, and followed by further two ruby-red enamel seals, xianchun and xuying 4 7/16 in. (11.3 cm.) diam., box
A Marble Group of Leda and the Swan, Roman Imperial, circa 2nd Century A.D., A Marble Group of Leda and the Swan The queen of Sparta and mother of Helen of Troy, leaning back slightly against a broad rectangular support with her left foot on a low stool, her head turned up and to her left, holding Zeus in the guise of a swan in her lap, and raising her mantle with her left hand to protect the amorous god from the attacks of an eagle, and wearing a diaphanous chiton falling from her left shoulder and leaving her right breast bare, and himation draped across her back and over her left leg, the loose garment falling in graceful bunches and folds over the support behind, her face with parted lips and almond-shaped eyes, her centrally parted wavy hair brushed back and tied over the nape of her neck into a long plait undulating over the back. Height 53 1/4 in. 135.2 cm.
A FINE AND EXQUISITE FAMILLE-ROSE FLORAL MEDALLION BOTTLE VASE ENAMELLED IN THE PALACE WORKSHOPS BLUE ENAMEL MARK AND PERIOD OF QIANLONG, THIS IS A PREMIUM LOT. CLIENTS WHO WISH TO BID ON PREMIUM LOTS ARE REQUESTED TO COMPLETE THE PREMIUM LOT PRE-REGISTRATION 3 WORKING DAYS PRIOR TO THE SALE. BIDnow ONLINE BIDDING SERVICE IS NOT AVALIABLE. Superbly potted, the slightly compressed spherical body sweeping up to a tall slender neck with a cupped mouth, in a tour-de-force of painting the fine white body covered in a clear glaze and decorated with four round white medallions each containing finely enamelled flowers, one with yellow day lilies growing beside pink and red poppies with small blue daisies on the side, the second with pink and red roses blooming from a bush with bamboo and asters, the third with a nandina bush laden with ripe red berries arching over a stand of narcissus with lingzhi fungus to the side, the final medallion with rich yellow hollyhock growing beside red and yellowish green leafy stems, all reserved on the blue ground decorated with pink and yellow bats swooping amidst multi-coloured clouds, between a border of lappets picked out in rose-pink enclosed by a narrow yellow border and two shades of green radiating from the foot and a puce-ground border painted with archaistic green and pink dragons on the shoulder, the raised collar picked out in orange, the splayed foot encircled by a pale blue ground border painted with a feathery pink scroll above a thin yellow line, all below a tall neck decorated with stylised multi-coloured flowers borne on scrolling leafy stems against a rich yellow ground, all between two borders of ruyi heads, one predominantly blue and the other pink, the cupped mouth with a border of small petals on the underside, the base inscribed with a blue enamel mark Qianlong nianzhi within a double square, the mate offered in the proceeding lot 18.4 cm., 7 1/4 in.
AN UNUSUAL 'FAMILLE ROSE' AND GOLD-DECORATED VASE WITH MOLDED DESIGN PROBABLY REPUBLICAN PERIOD, The pear-shaped body well painted with two circular medallions in famille-rose enamels showing exotic bids amidst luxuriant peonies, magnolia and prunus, reserved on a cobalt blue ground embellished with gilt foliate scrolls, repeated in a band encircling the neck between molded wanfret bands in lime green, flanked by arched gilt painted ruyi-scepter handles, each suspending yellow rope-twist tassels strung with double-fish, wan emblems and chimes, the neck molded with upright leaf lappets in lime green repeated as pendent lappets on the splayed foot above an iron-red and gilt key band, the interior and base glazed turquoise, with a six-character iron-red seal mark of Qianlong Height 16 1/4 in., 41.3 cm
A LARGE IMPERIAL PORTRAIT OF CONSORT CHUNHUI BY GIUSEPPE CASTIGLIONE AND OTHERS, TITLE CALLIGRAPHY BY THE QIANLONG EMPEROR QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD, Hanging scroll, ink and colour on silk, majestically and vividly painted in precise detail with Imperial Noble Consort Chunhui seated in formal robes (chao fu) on an elaborate throne, the full-length imperial-portrait (shengrong) of the imperial consort resplendently rendered with a well-proportioned and porcelain-complexioned face, the regal yet serene expression accentuated with a powerful gaze transmitted from her almond-shaped eyes, the lips picked out with a warm ombré coral colour, flanked by a pair of earlobes adorned with three embellished double-gourd drop earrings on each side, clad in a fur-edged ceremonial costume comprising a full-length robe (chao pao) under a further full-length sleeveless vest (chao gua) with shoulder epaulettes projecting outwards from both shoulders, the vest opening down the centre along a border enclosing stylised lingzhi blooms, the garment elaborately decorated with five-clawed scaly dragons soaring sinuously amidst multi-coloured lingzhi blooms, above stylised 'shou' roundels and brightly coloured lishui diagonal stripes, all against a rich blue ground, the grandeur further highlighted with long beaded necklaces (chao zhu) of varying colours and sizes elegantly hanging over and around the figure's upper torso, all below a kerchief under a court hat (chao guan) with a black fur brim and a crown decorated with red floss silk tassels and ornamented gold phoenix, the golden-yellow rectangular throne framed on three sides with an ornate throne-back entwined with ferocious dragons sinuously writhing around the members, all supported on dragon-head cabriole legs terminating in claw-and-ball feet, the figure seated on a thick yellow-ground cushion decorated in multi-coloured threads with auspicious emblems, inscribed on the right with five characters by the Qianlong Emperor reading Chunhui Huangguifei ('Imperial Noble Consort Chunhui'), mounted on imperial yellow silk embroidered with phoenix amidst swirling clouds 198 by 123 cm., 77 7/8 by 48 3/8 in.
A HIGHLY IMPORTANT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE PAIR OF IMPERIAL CLOISONNE ENAMEL DOUBLE CRANE CENSERS YONGZHENG PERIOD (1723-1735) Each group superbly modelled as a pair of large and smaller cranes standing on an elaborate champlevé and cloisonné enamel rockwork-form base encircled by crested waves, standing on tall legs naturalistically detailed with cylindrical bands, the smaller crane with one leg slightly bent, their long necks gracefully curved as the smaller crane looks backward towards the taller crane which grasps a double-peach sprig in its long pointed beak, the bodies and feathers intricately and realistically rendered primarily in black and white enamels within gilt outline, the red crests and blue beaks, their wings forming a cover for the hollow body 57 in. (145 cm.) high (2)
CUI RUZHUO (BORN 1944) Lotus Entitled, inscribed and signed, with two seals of the artist Dated early summer, xinmao year (2011) Eight scrolls, mounted and framed, ink and colour on paper Each scroll measures 247 x 123 cm. (97 1/4 x 48 3/8 in.) 20th Century (8)
A MAGNIFICENT LARGE PINK-ENAMELLED BLUE AND WHITE MOONFLASK QIANLONG SIX-CHARACTER SEALMARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795) Of characteristic compressed globular form, the body vividly executed on each side in rich pink enamel with a pair of swooping phoenix confronting a 'flaming pearl', on a ground of scrolling underglaze-blue foliage bearing pink lotus and peony blooms, the splayed foot and slightly waisted neck similarly decorated with pink-flowering blue scrolls, flanked on either side of the neck with a pair of stylised dragon scroll handles, the mouth rim encircled by a ruyi band 19 1/4 in. (48.9cm.) high
第三世多杰羌佛 (當代) 墨荷 設色水墨紙本立軸 款識： 滿幅狼藉破筆兮， 奇哉兮妙竟怡情。 第三世多杰羌佛 (當代) 墨荷 HH Dorje Chang Buddha III (Comtemporary) Ink Lotus Inscription:”An utter chaos strewn with broken strokes: a peculiar sight, yet wondrously endowed with a soul-soothing charm.” It reads in Chinese:”man fu lang ji po bi xi, qi zai xi miao jing yi qing”. Signed Dorje Chang III with two artist seals This is a Premium Lot If you are interested in any premium Lot you are invited to complete the Premium Lot pre-registration. For further information, please call our office at 212 226-2660
A MASSIVE IMPERIAL WHITE JADE 'XINTIAN ZHUREN' SEAL QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD, THIS IS A PREMIUM LOT. CLIENTS WHO WISH TO BID ON PREMIUM LOTS ARE REQUESTED TO COMPLETE THE PREMIUM LOT PRE-REGISTRATION 3 WORKING DAYS PRIOR TO THE SALE. BIDnow ONLINE BIDDING SERVICE IS NOT AVALIABLE. Of large square form, surmounted by a superbly carved pair of addorsed dragons, each powerfully carved with eyes bulging and nostrils flaring above curling whiskers and a jaw bearing sharp fangs, the scales and flowing mane meticulously incised, the two scaly bodies tightly intertwined and crouching on the haunches, pierced through the centre with an aperture, the square seal deeply and crisply carved with the characters Xintian zhuren ('The Ruler Who Believes in Heaven'), the stone of a green-tinged milky-white tone with natural veining 12.9 cm., 5 1/8 in.
A MAGNIFICENT AND EXTREMELY RARE EMBELLISHED GOLD TRIPOD VESSEL AND COVER MING DYNASTY, XUANDE PERIOD, THIS IS A PREMIUM LOT. CLIENTS WHO WISH TO BID ON PREMIUM LOTS ARE REQUESTED TO COMPLETE THE PREMIUM LOT PRE-REGISTRATION 3 WORKING DAYS PRIOR TO THE SALE. Masterfully crafted, the bombé sides of the thinnly hammered gold body finely chased with a pair of powerful five-clawed dragons striding on a cloud ground in pursuit of 'flaming pearls', their scales expanding and contracting with the movement of the body, the 'flaming pearls' embellished with precious cabochon gems set in gold casing and encircled with a beaded border, the mouth further decorated with a band of detached scrolling leaves studded with gems including natural pearls, turquoise, rubies, sapphires, and cat's eye chrysoberyl, the sides fitted with a pair of thin wire swing handles, all supported on a three short cabriole legs, each reticulated on the underside with a 'cash' symbol, the domed cover further chased with a pair of dragons encircling a lotus petal medallion accented with further gems and a bud finial punctuated with a blue sapphire, the interior fitted with a plain gold bowl with a short raised lip(3) Quantity: 3 WIDTH 18.5CM., 7 1/4 IN. WEIGHT 1.28kg., 18K (TRIPOD AND COVER)., 14-16K (LINER)
AN OUTSTANDING BLUE AND WHITE AND ANHUA 'DRAGON' STEMBOWL MARK AND PERIOD OF XUANDE, THIS IS A PREMIUM LOT. CLIENTS WHO WISH TO BID ON PREMIUM LOTS MAY BE REQUESTED BY SOTHEBY'S TO COMPLETE THE PRE-REGISTRATION APPLICATION FORM AND TO DELIVER TO SOTHEBY'S A DEPOSIT OF HK$1,000,000, OR SUCH OTHER HIGHER AMOUNT AS MAY BE DETERMINED BY SOTHEBY'S, AND ANY FINANCIAL REFERENCES, GUARANTEES AND/OR SUCH OTHER SECURITY AS SOTHEBY'S MAY REQUIRE IN ITS ABSOLUTE DISCRETION AS SECURITY FOR THEIR BID. THE BIDnow ONLINE BIDDING SERVICE IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR PREMIUM LOTS. well potted with deep rounded sides rising to an everted rim supported on a tall hollow foot slightly flaring at the base, the interior inscribed in the centre in underglaze blue with a six-character reign mark in a double ring, the sides decorated in anhua ('hidden decoration') with a pair of striding dragons both moving in a counter-clockwise direction, the exterior painted in deep cobalt blue with a pair of sinuous five-clawed dragons in mutual pursuit, one with its head turned back, the other with its head looking forward, above a band of jagged rocks and reserved against a ground of pale blue pencilled, turbulent waves, the stem similarly decorated with five jagged rocks rising from the base set against a pale blue wave ground Diameter 15.4 cm., 6 1/8 in.
A Highly Important Wood Sculpture of Dainichi Nyorai (Mahavairocana) Kamakura period (1190s), attributed to Unkei (d. 1223) Carved and assembled from cypress wood in warihagi zukuri technique and modeled as Dainichi Nyorai seated in the lotus position with the hands held in the "knowledge fist" gesture, the hair arranged in a tall standing top knot and adorned with a crown; applied with gold lacquer and pigment; the interior of the body containing three dedicatory objects: a wood placard with five-stage pagoda-shaped finial, crystal ball supported by a bronze lotus stand, and a crystal five-stage pagoda 26in. (66.1cm.) high
Ferrari, 250 LM, 1964 Coachwork by Carrozzeria Scaglietti Chassis no. 6107 • An Italian operatic masterpiece of sound and color • One of the finest original examples of Ferrari’s first mid-engined car • Finished 8th overall and 1st in class at the 1968 24 Hours of Daytona • A time capsule that is being publicly seen and offered for the first time in decades Please note that Sotheby’s and/or RM owns the lot in whole or in part or has an economic interest in the lot equivalent to an ownership interest. An import duty of 2.5% of the purchase price is payable on this lot if the buyer is a resident of the United States.
Anonymous (Ming Dynasty), COLLECTION OF BUDDHIST SUTRAS Signed Zheng He, dated the twelfth year of the Yongle reign (1414), the third lunar month, with two collectors' seals, both illegible Gold on blue paper, album of thirty-nine leaves Each 33 by 24 cm. 13 by 9 3/8 in. (39)
AN EXQUISITE PAIR OF YELLOW GROUND FAMILLE-ROSE DOUBLE-GOURD VASES SEAL MARKS AND PERIOD OF QIANLONG, THIS IS A PREMIUM LOT. CLIENTS WHO WISH TO BID ON PREMIUM LOTS MAY BE REQUESTED BY SOTHEBY'S TO COMPLETE THE PRE-REGISTRATION APPLICATION FORM AND TO DELIVER TO SOTHEBY'S A DEPOSIT OF HK$2,500,000, OR SUCH OTHER HIGHER AMOUNT AS MAY BE DETERMINED BY SOTHEBY'S, AND ANY FINANCIAL REFERENCES, GUARANTEES AND/OR SUCH OTHER SECURITY AS SOTHEBY'S MAY REQUIRE IN ITS ABSOLUTE DISCRETION AS SECURITY FOR THE BID. THE BIDnow ONLINE BIDDING SERVICE IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR PREMIUM LOTS. each exquisitely potted, of flattened double-gourd form with a slender upper bulb resting on a compressed lower body and short slightly splayed foot, set with two delicate loop handles with arrow-shaped terminals, masterfully enamelled against a rich yellow ground, the lower bulb with a central rosette formed of an iron-red shou medallion reserved either on a gold or white ground, encircled by a row of small pink pointed petals and a blue-enamelled corolla of longer scrolling blades, all within a circle of five confronting iron-red bats, further wreathed by scrolling feathery leaves borne on interlocked undulating stems climbing towards the neck, the foliage painted in complex shades of green with attendant buds and occasional pale blue, iron-red or rose-pink leaves, the sides and the upper bulb similarly decorated with shou medallions encircled by short pointed petals, either pale blue or pale green, and a starburst of longer pink-enamelled scrolling blades, all wreathed by feathery scrolls, the handles picked out with a three-floret spray, one vase with a blue floret between a pale red and a pink flower, the other with a central pink flower, between an orange and a blue blossom, the foot encircled by a band of pendent pink ruyi centred with a yellow dot and finely outlined with a blue enamel fringe against a yellow ground, the rim and footring gilt, the underside of the handles, the interior and the base glazed in soft pale turquoise, the base inscribed with a six-character seal mark in underglaze blue within a square panel reserved in white on the turquoise ground, carved wood stands 17.7 cm., 7 in.
AN EXTREMELY RARE IMPERIAL WHITE JADE ‘YONGZHENG YUBI ZHI BAO’ SEAL WITH IVORY-INLAID BOX AND COVER THE SEAL: QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIODTHE SEAL FACE: QING DYNASTY, YONGZHENG PERIOD, Of square form with thick sides, surmounted by a ferocious crouching chilong with bulging eyes and curly mane, its mighty body with well-defined muscles terminating at a bushy tail, surrounded by eight further chilong of smaller size writhing amidst scrolling clouds, the square seal face crisply carved in the positive with six characters reading Yongzheng yubi zhi bao (‘Treasure in the Imperial Hand of the Yongzheng Emperor’), the stone of an even pale celadon-white colour with natural inclusions, fitted in its original box and cover, the interior of both lined with bright red velvet, the exterior of the cover lined with brocade, topped with a rectangular ivory sliding plaque with a pair of archaistic dragon and phoenix, revealing the same six characters in regular script when slid downwards Seal 7.4 by 6.1 by 6.1 cm., 2 7/8 by 2 3/8 by 2 3/8 in. Box and cover 9.1 by 9.1 by 8.6 cm., 3 5/8 by 3 5/8 by 3 3/8 in.
A SUPERB PAIR OF PINK-GROUND FAMILLE-ROSE 'LANDSCAPE' VASES SEAL MARKS AND OF THE PERIOD OF QIANLONG, THIS IS A PREMIUM LOT. CLIENTS WHO WISH TO BID ON PREMIUM LOTS ARE REQUESTED TO COMPLETE THE PREMIUM LOT PRE-REGISTRATION 3 WORKING DAYS PRIOR TO THE SALE. BIDnow ONLINE BIDDING SERVICE IS NOT AVALIABLE. Each well potted with a wide cylindrical body set between a slender waisted neck with a flared mouth at the top and a narrow slightly splayed foot, the neck flanked by a pair of archaistic iron-red C- shaped 'ear' handles, the body deftly painted with a continuous idyllic landscape filled with humble thatched-roof cottages and large pavilion homes overlooking calm lakes surrounded by trees and rocky blue-green hills, the neck and foot similarly decorated with large stylised lotus blooms and hibiscus flowers borne on acanthus leaf scrolls, all reserved on a pink enamel ground finely painted with a dense pink feather scroll ground, the neck further collared by a blue ruyi-head band below the mouth, the details picked out in gilt with the mouth further edged gilt, the interior and base glazed in turquoise, the base inscribed with a six-character reign mark in iron-red reserved on a white square 36.5 cm., 14 3/8 in.
A SET OF FOUR EMPIRE ORMOLU-MOUNTED CHINESE PORCELAIN BALUSTER VASES THE PORCELAIN JIAQING PERIOD (1796-1821), THE MOUNTS CIRCA 1815 Each with globular bodies surmounted by wide cylindrical necks, densely decorated with the Eight Buddhist and Daoist Emblems (bajixiang and anbaoxian) amidst blue cloud scrolls, bats in flight and 'ball' flowers in raised white slip, with a band of gilded lotus lappets rising from the base, all reserved on a celadon ground, surmounted by an out- scrolled collar cast with acanthus leaves and flowering branches and egg-and-dart rim, the flanking scroll handles issuing from flower heads wrapped in acanthus and terminating in dolphin heads, the stand cast with fruiting laurel wreath above four dolphin feet issuing from scrolling acanthus, on a square plinth base, each vase with paper label inscribed 'Prov Duke of Buccleuch and Queensbury K.T. P.C. G.C.V.O' and depository label 'THE PANTECHNICON TURNHAM GREEN, W4 4JH' inscribed '10.10.80' and numbered '99','100','101' and '102' respectively, two vases with label printed 'michael davis' and inscribed 'Bonhams 1/27', one vase with hairline crack to the body 51 in. (130 cm.) high (4)
AN IMPORTANT AND VERY RARE YELLOW-GROUND FAMILLE ROSE VASE JIAQING IRON-RED SIX-CHARACTER SEALMARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1796-1820) The vase of compressed pear-shape, elaborately decorated with four large blossoming lotus evenly spaced around the lower body below the waisted neck decorated with iron-red bats suspending a beribboned string of wan emblem, ruyi and lotus, all against a dense background of further floral decoration and interlaced leafy fronds reserved on a rich lemon-yellow ground, the neck surmounted by an out-curved mouth rim with shaped edge decorated with ruyi head, corresponding to the ruyi decoration on the body, all raised on a slender tapering foot decorated with overlapping petals 11 1/2 in. (28 cm.) high
A MAGNIFICENT FAMILLE-ROSE 'PEACH' VASE, TIANQIUPING SEAL MARK AND PERIOD OF QIANLONG, THIS IS A PREMIUM LOT. CLIENTS WHO WISH TO BID ON PREMIUM LOTS MAY BE REQUESTED BY SOTHEBY'S TO COMPLETE THE PRE-REGISTRATION APPLICATION FORM AND TO DELIVER TO SOTHEBY'S A DEPOSIT OF HK$1,000,000, OR SUCH OTHER HIGHER AMOUNT AS MAY BE DETERMINED BY SOTHEBY'S, AND ANY FINANCIAL REFERENCES, GUARANTEES AND/OR SUCH OTHER SECURITY AS SOTHEBY'S MAY REQUIRE IN ITS ABSOLUTE DISCRETION AS SECURITY FOR THEIR BID. THE BIDnow ONLINE BIDDING SERVICE IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR PREMIUM LOTS. the bottle-shaped vase with a globular body rising to a cylindrical neck flaring slightly at the rim, masterfully painted with an asymetric design of two peach branches growing halfway around the vase and wrapping around the neck, one gnarled branch depicted with brown bark and pink blossoms, the other with dark grey bark with white blossoms edged in pink, the nine peaches depicted in different stages of ripeness ranging in colour from light yellowish green to rose-pink deepening to darker pink spots and patches, the green enamelled leaves shaded in turquoise and a yellowish green to distinguish their top and underside, the lichen on the bark picked out in white and light turquoise-blue dots, the recessed base inscribed with a six-character reign mark 51 cm., 20 in.
Zhang Zhao QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD, EARLY 18TH CENTURY, THIS IS A PREMIUM LOT. CLIENTS WHO WISH TO BID ON PREMIUM LOTS ARE REQUESTED TO COMPLETE THE PREMIUM LOT PRE-REGISTRATION 3 WORKING DAYS PRIOR TO THE SALE. BIDnow ONLINE BIDDING SERVICE IS NOT AVALIABLE. 'SHI GU GE' BY HAN YU IN CURSIVE SCRIPT Handscroll, ink on gold-flecked paper with a silk brocade wrapper, signed Zhang Zhao with three seals of the artist, an Imperial frontispiece by the Qianlong Emperor entitled Gui ci shen bi ('A Magnificent Verse Written with a Divine Brush'), dated the gengxu year corresponding to 1790, with 33 seals of the Qianlong Emperor, and one seal by the Xuantong Emperor 56 by 1203 cm. 22 1/8 by 473 1/2 in.
AN EXTREMELY RARE AND SUPERBLY ENAMELLED PAIR OF FAMILLE-ROSE 'PEACH' BOWLS MARKS AND PERIOD OF YONGZHENG, Each exquisitely potted with deep rounded sides resting on a short foot, superbly enamelled in vivid tones of rose pink, shades of green, yellow, iron-red, brown and black with two varieties of flowering and fruiting peach branches issuing from the foot and extending across the exterior and over the rim onto the interior, one branch with a brownish-black bark and bearing white double blossoms, the other with a brown bark and issuing five-petalled rose-pink blossoms, both with large ripe fruit delicately coloured in shaded tones of yellowish-green to subtle raspberry-pink, depicted in iron-red with two bats on the exterior and three on the interior forming the wufu, the base inscribed in underglaze blue with a six-character reign mark within a double-circle 14.3 cm., 5 5/8 in.
A FINE AND MAGNIFICENT CELADON-GLAZED 'LONGEVITY' RUYI-HANDLED VASE SEAL MARK AND PERIOD OF QIANLONG, Superbly potted with a compressed spherical body widening to a broad shoulder sweeping up to a tall slightly flaring cylindrical neck, flanked by a pair of ruyi handles, each handle terminating in an upturned ruyi head, all supported on a tall flared foot, the body divided by four fillets into three slightly concave horizontal registers, each register containing a row of different shou (longevity) characters, each written in seal script in slip and numbering one hundred in total, the shoulder carved with a collar of floral lappets and trefoils set between a key-fret band and ruyi heads, the neck carved on two sides and applied with a pair of confronting fish centred on a wan character suspended from the mouth of a bat above and a band of upright plantain leaves at the base of the neck, all below a wan-key-fret band and a floret diaper band around the mouth, the flared foot skirted by plantain leaves and further lappets, key-fret and ruyi heads, all beneath an even unctuous bright celadon green glaze thinning to white on the raised areas and pooling in recesses, the base carved with a six-character mark in relief within a recessed square 42.7 cm., 16 3/4 in.
An Outstanding Imperial carved Zitan 'Dragon' Throne Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period, THIS IS A PREMIUM LOT. CLIENTS WHO WISH TO BID ON PREMIUM LOTS ARE REQUESTED TO COMPLETE THE PREMIUM LOT PRE-REGISTRATION 3 WORKING DAYS PRIOR TO THE SALE. Magnificently carved, the wide seat of generous proportions formed from six planks set in a floating panel, framed by an ornately carved stepped throne-back centred on a high-relief full frontal five-clawed dragon, hovering above turbulent waves crashing against rocks, his sinuous body wrapped around a 'flaming pearl', flanked by a pair of attendant dragons rising out of the water, reserved against a dense ground of ruyi clouds and flying bats, interspersed with the bajixiang ('Eight Buddhist Emblems'), the main panel with the 'endless knot', 'wheel', 'fish' and 'conch shell', the side panels with a single dragon in pursuit of a 'flaming pearl' on a similar ground, one panel with the 'lotus' and 'vase', the other with the 'canopy' and 'umbrella', the decoration all repeated on the back side, the carved panels framed by a fine diaper ground extending along the top of the rails and borders, the borders further decorated with small quatrefoil panels, each enclosing a formal lotus with scrolling leaves, the seat frame carved with a key-fret band running along the outer edge, all above a waisted apron with begonia florets enclosed within a frame alternating with unframed florets, set between horizontal bands of upright and pendant petal lappets, the apron centred on each of the sides with a dragon head reserved on an archaistic 'hooks and volutes' scroll ground, the beast's claws grasping the scrolls, the decoration extending to the solid square-sectioned legs issuing from a dragon's mouth set on each corner terminating in a hoofed foot, further supported on a humpback stretcher, the wood of deep chestnut tone with lighter brown areas 110.5 BY 140.5 BY 85.5 CM. 43 1/2 BY 55 1/4 BY 33 3/4 IN.
A FINE AND IMPORTANT FALANGCAI SEPIA-ENAMELLED ‘PRUNUS AND BAMBOO’ BOWL YONGZHENG FOUR-CHARACTER MARK IN BLUE ENAMEL WITHIN A DOUBLE SQUARE AND OF THE PERIOD (1723-1735) The elegantly potted bowl has full rounded sides rising to a gently flaring rim from a small, straight foot ring. It is covered overall in a lustrous, opaque white glaze, and enamelled around the exterior in varying shades of sepia enamels with a prunus tree, its gnarled branches growing obliquely across the bowl, following its contour. The branches blossom with flowers and buds, some in full view, others in profile, their petals picked out in delicate pale tones, and the stamens highlighted in darker accents. Around the base of the tree are grown clumps of bamboos, their leaves meticulously drawn in thin outlines and left white, echoing the prunus. On one side of the bowl is inscribed with two verses from a five-character poem in running script. The verses are arranged in alternating lines of four and one characters, and flanked by a puce-enamelled seal on the right, and two further puce-enamelled seals on the left. The reign mark is inscribed inside the foot ring. 4 in. (10.1 cm.) diam., box
A MAGNIFICENT BLUE AND WHITE 'PALACE BOWL' MARK AND PERIOD OF CHENGHUA, THIS IS A PREMIUM LOT. CLIENTS WHO WISH TO BID ON PREMIUM LOTS ARE REQUESTED TO COMPLETE THE PREMIUM LOT PRE-REGISTRATION 3 WORKING DAYS PRIOR TO THE SALE. BIDnow ONLINE BIDDING SERVICE IS NOT AVAILABLE. exquisitely potted from a fine creamy-white porcelain, masterly painted on the exterior in a light soft blue cobalt pigment with three large clusters of plump ripe melon vine, all differently rendered with four or six fruits, the thin curling tendrils counterbalanced by the thick broad leaves, all reserved against a white body, the interior left undecorated, the base inscribed in underglaze blue with a six-character reign mark within a double circle 15.4 cm., 6 1/8 in.
ZHANG DAQIAN (1899-1983) Lotus Inscribed and signed, with a total of ten seals of the artist Dated spring, dinghai year (1947) Dedicated to Kuo Chun Titleslip inscribed by the artist A set of four hanging scrolls, ink and colour on paper Each scroll measures 154 x 78 cm. (60 3/8 x 30 3/4 in.) 20th Century (4)
AN IMPORTANT GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF BUDDHA SHAKYAMUNI NEPAL, EARLY MALLA PERIOD, 13TH CENTURY The Buddha stands in slight tribhanga with his right hand lowered in varadamudra and the left holding the folds of his robes, each hand with delicately articulated fingers and with a chakra incised on the palm. He wears a long dhoti beneath a slightly shorter sanghati, and both garments are incised on the hems, which are visible at the neck, wrists and calves.. The face is exquisitely modeled with full lips, aquiline nose and elongated eyes with incised pupils beneath finely wrought eyebrows centered by a spiral urna. The pattern is echoed in the spiral hair tufts rising to an ushnisha topped with a gilt knop. The figure is beautifully gilt overall with the richly patinated copper showing through. 20 in. (50.8 cm.) high
AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE AND FINE COBALT-BLUE AND IRON-RED ‘MYTHICAL BEASTS’ STEMCUP MARK AND PERIOD OF XUANDE, Finely potted with deep rounded sides rising to an everted rim, supported on a tall splayed stem with a sealed flat base, superbly painted around the exterior in deep shades of underglaze blue accented with 'heaping and piling', the cup with nine fabulous animals against an iron-red ground of turbulent waves, including a fish dragon and a winged carp leaping above the frothing crests, a bee-like insect staring with globular eyes, four galloping quadrupeds with flaming haunches including a qilin, a deer, a dragon-headed horse longma and a ram, together with a winged elephant and rat, all between double line borders encircling the rim and waist, the stem similarly decorated with three further animals above iron-red waves comprising the leaping winged carp, the bee-like insect and a squirrel nestled in a conch, above five pointed jagged rocks evenly spread around the foot, the interior of the cup left white and inscribed in underglaze blue with a six-character reign mark within double circles repeated at the rim, the base unglazed revealing the smooth white biscuit 9.9 cm., 3 7/8 in.
A MAGNIFICENT AND VERY RARE UNDERGLAZE-BLUE FACETTED MOONFLASK YONGZHENG SIX-CHARACTER SEALMARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1723-1735) Of flattened circular form with octagonal sides, superbly painted and detailed to one side of the bulbous body with a central roundel enclosing a pair of quails standing on a grassy mound amidst stalks of millet and branches of aster emerging from the ground, the reverse with two geese, one in flight, the other standing gazing upwards among reeds and branches of hibiscus, all framed within a border of formalised chrysanthemum sprays, the facetted sides similarly decorated with a vertical composite floral scroll band interrupted at the shoulder by a pair of large openwork scroll handles joining the cylindrical neck further decorated with chrysanthemum scroll beneath a wide key-fret band 19 in. (48.5 cm.) high
A SUPERB PAIR OF JADEITE IMPERIAL SEALS QING DYNASTY, JIAQING PERIOD, THIS IS A PREMIUM LOT. CLIENTS WHO WISH TO BID ON PREMIUM LOTS ARE REQUESTED TO COMPLETE THE PREMIUM LOT PRE-REGISTRATION 3 WORKING DAYS PRIOR TO THE SALE. BIDnow ONLINE BIDDING SERVICE IS NOT AVALIABLE. Each of square form, surmounted by a superbly carved pair of addorsed dragons, each with bulging eyes and flaring nostrils above curling whiskers and a partially open mouth revealing sharp fangs, the scales and flowing mane defined by fine incisions, the two bodies intertwined and crouching low on the haunches, pierced through the centre with an aperture, one seal deeply and crisply carved with the characters Jiaqing yulan zhibao ('Appreciation of His Majesty Jiaqing'), the other similarly carved with the characters Jiaqing yubi zhibao ('In the Imperial Hand of Jiaqing'), both stones of bright apple-green tone with patches of white 7 cm., 2 3/4 in.
A MAGNIFICENT EARLY MING UNDERGLAZE COPPER-RED VASE, YUHUCHUNPING HONGWU PERIOD (1368-1398) The elegantly potted pear-shaped body confidently painted in tones ranging from a rich crushed raspberry to slightly darker mushroom-pink with a peony meander growing four blooms, two full faced alternating with two in profile, borne on undulating leafy stems framing each full bloom and terminating with smaller buds, all beneath pendent trefoils, the waisted neck decorated with a classic scroll border between another of overlapping waves and stiff plantain below the rim, each divided by double-line bands, the base with a further border of lotus petal lappets containing ruyi-head pendants, the foot and inner rim encircled by classic scroll bands 12 3/4 in. (32.5 cm.) high, box
第三世多杰羌佛 (當代) 枇杷 設色水墨紙本立軸 款識： 寥寥數筆， 墨色乃功何必搞得， 繁而雜書 二零一三年揮之 第三世多杰羌佛 鈐印： (第三世多杰羌佛) (立體指紋印) (歸源) Dorje Chang Buddha III (Contemporary) Loquat Hanging Scroll, Ink & Color on Paper Inscription: A mere few strokes and ink tones gain the purpose; Why clutter the space with extraneous marks? Painted in 2013 Dorje Chang Buddha III Bell Seal: Dorje Chang Buddha III Three-dimensional fingerprint Gui Yuan This is a Premium Lot If you are interested in any premium Lot you are invited to complete the Premium Lot pre-registration. For further information, please call our office at 212 226-2660
A FINE AND SUPERBLY PAINTED BLUE AND WHITE 'DRAGON' VASE MARK AND PERIOD OF YONGZHENG, Superbly potted with an ovoid body elegantly sweeping to a tall cylindrical neck, all supported on a splayed foot, exquisitely painted in vibrant shades of deep cobalt blue with a pair of scaly five-clawed dragons soaring sinuously through a dense network of scrolling foliage bearing large floral blooms, their scales meticulously rendered, all between a wave band and an upright ruyi-shaped petal lappet bordering the rim and base respectively, the splayed foot detailed with floral scrolls, the base inscribed in underglaze blue with a six-character reign mark within a double-circle 38.6 cm., 15 1/8 in.
Zhang Daqian (Chang Dai-Chien, 1899-1983) Children Playing under a Pomegranate Tree, Children Playing under a Pomegranate Tree Signed DAQIAN ZHANG YUAN, dated wu zi, 1948, spring, inscribed. Later signed again DAQIAN YUAN, titled, with a dedication to Kao Ling-mei, with a total of four seals of the artist, and two collector's seals of Kao, including one on the titleslip. Titleslip by Kao Ink and colour on paper, hanging scroll 137 by 66 cm.; 54 by 26 in.
AN OUTSTANDING SET OF THREE QIANLONG PRINCELY SOAPSTONE SEALS WITH FITTED ZITAN BOX THE SEALS: QING DYNASTY, YONGZHENG PERIODTHE BOX: QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD, The first a square seal of a dark grey soapstone carved Changchun Jushi ('The Scholar of Everlasting Spring'), the second of oval form of a tianhuang stone carved Suianshi ('Studio for Following Peace'), the third a rectangular seal of a rich tianhuang stone carved with the characters Bao Qinwang bao ('Treasure of Prince Bao of the First Degree') the fitted zitan box with three red silk-lined cavities and a repeated motif diaper-ground brocade, the exterior of a gold flecked zitan inscribed with the three seal inscriptions in regular script on the cover in gilt, the interior with matching red silk lining Square grey soapstone 6.5 by 2.2 by 2.2 cm., 2 1/2 by 7/8 by 7/8 in. Oval tianhuang 6.2 by 2.9 by 1.9 cm., 2 3/8 by 1 1/8 by 3/4 in., weight 71.1 g. Rectangular tianhuang 5.7 by 2.2 by 2 cm., 2 1/4 by 7/8 by 3/4 in., weight 65.3 g. Box 8.7 by 10.2 by 5.6 cm., 3 3/8 by 4 by 2 1/4 in.
Zhang Daqian (Chang Dai-chien, 1899-1983), DAOIST GODDESS PLAYING PANPIPE With three seals of the artist. Titleslip by Kao Ling-mei Inscription: Carried by tiger and flew by phoenix, the deity is not yet far off; The idle court is quiet and forlorn in the longish night. Under the west tower shone on by the cool and hospitable moon, I remember a phoenix’s warble in the thick clouds bringing to mind the music of her flute. Painted by Dai-chien Jushi Chang Yuan at Dafeng Tang. It was autumn, the eighth lunar month of the yiwei year. Ink and colour on paper, hanging scroll 116 BY 65 CM. 45⅝ BY 25⅝ IN.
A MAGNIFICENT IMPERIAL BEIJING ENAMEL GLASS BRUSHPOT QIANLONG INCISED FOUR-CHARACTER MARK WITHIN DOUBLE-SQUARES AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795) Of square section with canted corners, the translucent milk-white glass ground is superbly enamelled on each side with a differing European 'mother-and-child' scene, including a lady seated in an interior setting, with a curtain above, her right hand raised in a studied pose, her son holding a flower up for her, with foliage visible beyond the balustraded, open window, another in an exterior setting with trees, mountainous landscape and a European castellated residence, the woman in a straw hat, with a flower in her hair, holding another flower in her left hand, her son at her knee, another in an interior setting with foliage visible beyond a distinctly Chinese, curving balustrade, resting her right hand on a column beneath a curtain, her son beside her at her knee, and the last another exterior scene with European architecture, some castellated, the woman with her hair tied in a cloth turban, resting her head on her left hand, her son at her knee in front of her, all within gilt scroll borders reserved on a pale puce-ground, each of the canted corners with a stylised florette panel enclosed by gilt-decorated blue-ground panels suspended by bats, reserved on a yellow-ground, a narrow black-ground band studded with blue star-shaped florettes encircling the rim and foot, the foot engraved with a wheel-cut mark, Qianlong nianzhi, 'Made in the Qianlong period', in regular script within a double-square 3 3/8 in. (8.5 cm.) high, box
Xu Beihong 1895-1953, Put Down Your Whip THIS IS A PREMIUM LOT. CLIENTS WHO WISH TO BID ON PREMIUM LOTS (MARKED ) ARE REQUESTED TO COMPLETE THE PREMIUM LOT PRE-REGISTRATION 3 WORKING DAYS PRIOR TO THE SALE Signed in Chinese: Well respected heroine, Wang Yin; October 1939, Singapore, by Beihong. Oil on canvas, framed 144 by 90 cm. 56 3/4 by 35 3/8 in.
Zhang Daqian (Chang Dai-chien, 1899-1983), AN INVITATION TO RUSTICATE With four seals of the artist Inscription: Break no more your word and fail the streams and hills; Ten years past, the pines are overgrown with vines . I beekon you anew to share (with me) the mountain colours; The only worry is the dusty world will not let go. In the seventh lunar month of the bingwu year, I painted the Mogi Garden, São Paulo, and sent it to you, my “brother” Ling-mei, Knowing that I have been looking forward to (your visit). Yuan. Splashed ink and colour on paper, framed, 1966 67 BY 188 CM. 26 3/8 BY 74 IN.
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