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"Il n'y a en art, ni passé, ni futur. L'art qui n'est pas dans le présent ne sera jamais." (Pablo Picasso)
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    Four-lobed box with décor of dragons and characters, Qing dynasty, Qianlong reign (1736-1795). Filled-in lacquerware. Diameter: 12.5cm Height: 7cm © National Palace Museum, Taipei.


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    Lot 581. An important intense lavender jadeite bead, ruby and diamond necklaceEstimate HK$ 1,950,000 - 2,500,000 (€210,000 - 270,000). Photo: Bonhams.

    Composed of seventy-one translucent jadeite beads of intense lavender colour, measuring 11.9-7.8mm, spaced by ruby and diamond-set rondelles, completed by a clasp set with rose and brilliant-cut diamonds, diamonds approximately 1.20 carats total, length 80.8cm

    Accompanied by a Hong Kong Jade & Stone Laboratory report stating that the selected natural fei cui (jadeite jade) has no resin detected. Report number KJ 96841, both dated 13 October 2017.

    Bonhams. RARE JEWELS & JADEITE, 26 Nov 2017, 14:00 HKT - HONG KONG, ADMIRALTY


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    Carved red lacquerware Mallet-shaped vase with floral décor, Ming dynasty, Yongle reign (1403-1424). Diameter at base: 9.2cm Height: 16.3cm © National Palace Museum, Taipei.

    The vase is long-necked with straight neck and base. The base is applied  with black lacquer, while the mouth of the vase is decorated with a pattern made up of a smaller square within a larger square. Flowers cover the entire vessel, with scrolling floral décor at the neck that is skillfully arranged to accommodate four flowers in full bloom: two peonies at the base, and a camellia and a gardenia above. The rest of the bottle is separated from the neck by a straight line, with branches that carefully separate interweaving flowers: a gardenia, chrysanthemum and camellia in the upper layer, and a camellia, peony and gardenia in the lower layer. The gently entwining branches and full flowers are perfect decoration for the elegant, graceful vase. When one observes the vase more closely, one can see the yellow background through the gaps between the flowers and leaves, as if there are deep, blooming bushes in the shadows. The layers of lacquer are extremely thick, so that the petals of the flowers can be arranged with differences in depth, giving them a particularly realistic appearance. The brocaded flower pistils and the vividly streching veins on the leaves emphasize the conscientious design of the painter and the skilful engraving of craftman. This vase was also carefully grinded so that "the engraving edges are unmarked and the contours are rounded ", demonstrating the ultimate in skilful "carved red lacquerware" technique. Both the shape of the vessel and the style of flowers are a new fashion in Ming Dynasty lacquerware.


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    Lot 567. A Fancy Coloured Diamond and Diamond Necklace, by Salavetti. Estimate HK$ 1,200,000 - 1,600,000 (€130,000 - 170,000). Photo: Bonhams.

    The pear-shaped diamond, weighing 4.17 carats, suspended from a row of marquise-cut diamonds, completed by a necklace set with similarly cut diamonds, of various tints, remaining diamonds approximately 42.70 carats total, signed Salavetti, necklace length 42.5cm, drop length 5.3cm

    Accompanied by a GIA report stating that the 4.17 carat diamond is natural Fancy Deep Greenish Yellow colour and SI1 clarity. Report number 1172201202, dated 4 August 2015.  

    Also accompanied by ten GIA reports stating that the selected marquise-cut diamonds are of natural colour. Reports dated 30 and 31 August 2016. 

    Weight Colour Report Number 
    0.80ct Fancy Intense Orange-Yellow 5171816669 
    0.69ct Fancy Pink 6173816624 
    0.63ct Fancy Intense Orange-Yellow 5171816646 
    0.54ct Light Green-Yellow 1172816653 
    0.52ct Light Pink 6177816645 
    0.49ct Fancy Yellow 2175816623 
    0.48ct Fancy Dark Green-Grey 2175816548 
    0.47ct Light Pink 5172816546 
    0.46ct Fancy Pink 5171816551 
    0.42ct Fancy Intense Yellow 5172816549  

    Bonhams. RARE JEWELS & JADEITE, 26 Nov 2017, 14:00 HKT - HONG KONG, ADMIRALTY


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    Gold-etched lacquerware Sutra covers with décor of lotus petals and the Eight Treasures, Ming Dynasty, 15th Century. Length: 72.5cm Width: 26.3cm Height: 3.4cm © National Palace Museum, Taipei.

    There are two rectangular canon boards as a pair of sutra covers.  The front piece contains inscriptions etched with gold filling within the lotus-petal shaped niche in the center of the reverse side. The Chinese and Tibetan characters “ Lushi jiesin jing di liu pin fenbie jielu pin” on the board annotate: this is one chapter of the set of the bKa’-‘gyur ( Ganjur in Chinese), the Tibetan Buddhist canon, which was printed in Peking in 1410 by order of the Ming emperor Chengzu.  The surface is curved, higher at the center, and the vertical edges are decorated with an animal mask and floral scrolls. On the surface of the boards, the center is a rectangular shape with edging, decorated with lotus branches and petals, while the outer borders are trapezium in shape. On one board is painted three jewels with outward extending rays upon the central precious vase seat; the seat extends its branches to the left and right to two other lotus seats on each side, on which are placed from left to right a Wheel of Dhama, an umbrella, twin fish and treasure vase. The surface of the other board is decorated with umbrella, treasure shell, lotus and entwining snakes. The outer boarders are decorated with lotus petals and floral scrolls.  The lacquer layers are solid, while the gold engraving is neatly done, creating an overall impression of great solemnity.


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    Lot 562. A Highly Translucent Intense Emerald Green Jadeite and Diamond Ring and Earring Suite. Estimate HK$ 560,000 - 750,000 (€61,000 - 81,000). Photo: Bonhams.

    Each earring set with a highly translucent jadeite cabochon of intense emerald green colour, accented by pear and brilliant-cut diamonds; the ring en suite, diamonds approximately 3.00 carats total, the selected jadeite measuring 12.6 x 9.8 x 4.0 and 16.3 x 13.5 x 4.8mm, ring size 6½, earring length 2.5cm (2).

    Accompanied by two Hong Kong Jade & Stone Laboratory reports stating that the selected natural colour fei cui (jadeite jade) have no resin detected. Report numbers KJ 96837 and KJ 96838, both dated 13 October 2017.

    Bonhams. RARE JEWELS & JADEITE, 26 Nov 2017, 14:00 HKT - HONG KONG, ADMIRALTY


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    Carved yellow lacquerware Round dish with dragon-and-phoenix décor, Ming dynasty, Jiajing reign (1522-1566). Inscription on the base: Made in Ming Jiajing Jen-Wu Year. Diameter: 21.0cm Height: 2.6cm © National Palace Museum, Taipei.

    This round plate with circular feet is painted in red lacquer, with yellow engraving on red ground throughout. Chia-Jing Jen-Wu Year is the first year of the Chia-Jing reign (1522). The border of the plate is decorated with simplified scrolling floral on the base of the plate. The brim of the plate is divided into four open frames, and each of the spaces between the frames is decorated with four of the eight treasures on the brocaded ground; within the frames are also engraved enjoined flowers and branches that are evenly and harmoniously arranged. The lower part of the plate center is engraved with a wave pattern on red base, showing a tall mountain standing before the widespread ocean; beside the mountain the ocean breaks into tall waves. On the upper part of the plate center fits a red crisscrossed pattern, where a dragon leaps into the air and a phoenix descends from the skies, looking at each other across a fireball. The long, slender dragon has its legs and wings extended fully and fiercely, while the graceful phoenix raises its head and spreads out its wings majestically. Enjoined branches and flowers surround the dragon and phoenix, with a peony right above the image. The composition is lively and balanced. The fine layer of lacquer and skilful engraving in yellow and red give a grand yet solemn appearance, a typical mark of imperial lacquer ware.


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    Lot 556. An Impressive 27.03 carats Colombian Sugar-loaf Cabochon Emerald and Diamond Ring. Estimate HK$ 950,000 - 1,200,000 (€100,000 - 130,000. Photo: Bonhams.

    The sugar-loaf cabochon emerald, weighing 27.03 carats, between trapeze-cut diamond shoulders, diamonds approximately 2.20 carats total, ring size 5¾.

    Accompanied by a GRS report stating that the natural emerald is vivid green colour, has minor indications of clarity enhancement and originates from Colombia. Report number GRS2015-098386, dated 15 September 2015.

    Bonhams. RARE JEWELS & JADEITE, 26 Nov 2017, 14:00 HKT - HONG KONG, ADMIRALTY


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    Square box with hollyhock décor and Xuande reign mark, Ming dynasty, second half of the 16th Century. Inscription on the base: Made in Ming Xuande reign. Filled-in lacquerware. Length: 9.6cm Width: 9.6cm Height: 4.3cm © National Palace Museum, Taipei.

    This is a square box with rounded corners, and the side is slightly lower than the base to form a short foot. The interior is thickly lacquered, and painted in reddish brown lacquer in both interior and the base. The sides of the This is a square box with rounded corners, and the side is slightly lower than the base to form a short foot. The interior is thickly lacquered, and painted in reddish brown lacquer in both interior and the base. The sides of the box are decorated with enjoined lotus pattern, with a lotus at the center of each face and at each corner, then enclosed with borders in gold. The surface of the box is decorated with a branch stretching across from the upper left corner like an "S" shape in flower-shaped square base pattern, and three neatly arranged flowers facing different directions .The composition and the hue -- green, brown and beige colors on red lacquer ground -- produce a well-balanced effect, and the simplicity of the depictions give an impression of reliability and steadfastness.

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    Lot 555. An Early 20th Century Pair of Fine Colombian Emerald and Diamond Pendent Earrings, Circa 1920. Estimate HK$ 1,400,000 - 1,600,000 (€150,000 - 170,000). Photo: Bonhams.

    Each step-cut emerald within a surround of old brilliant and rose-cut diamonds, suspended from single and rose-cut diamond surmounts of openwork design, diamonds approximately 2.60 carats total, emeralds approximately 6.00 carats total, length 6.0cm

    Accompanied by a SSEF report stating that the emeralds have no indications of clarity enhancement and originate from Colombia. Report number 95943, dated 11 October 2017.

    Bonhams. RARE JEWELS & JADEITE, 26 Nov 2017, 14:00 HKT - HONG KONG, ADMIRALTY