Monday, 28 November 2016

Alexander Donskoi : Master of East and West Fine Art : Arts and Crafts Company

Alexander Donskoi
(Contemporary Russia / Canada)

“Classified Stupidity”
Oil on Canvas
168.0 cms. x 117.0 cms.

Alexander was born in one of the most unique, mystical and enigmatic places on earth in Far East Russia, "Balhae", once a very powerful and strong kingdom on the borders of Northern China.

The earliest recorded mention of Balhae comes from the old book of Tang, which was compiled between 941 to 945 AD. The 13th century census of Northern China by the Mongols distinguished Balhae from other ethnic groups such as Goryeo, Khitan and Jurchen. Most descendants of the kingdom of Balhae are today residing in China.

Siberia and the Russian Far East are home to some of the most profoundly beautiful wilderness areas left on earth. Russia's diverse landscapes support an incredible biodiversity, including one-fifth of the worlds forests, and endangered species such as the Amur Leopard, Siberian Tiger, and Western Pacific Grey Whale. Lake Baikal alone holds 20 percent of the worlds unfrozen fresh water, and it is the oldest and deepest lake in the world. Close to the Japan Sea bejewelled with its magical flying islands, all of which quickly awoke Alexander's imagination as early as four years old, and gave him the strongest impulse to create fine art.

"Thus began a long process of education, self-acknowledgment, experiments with different medias, self-realisation and study received from the greatest masters of the fine arts." - Alexander Donskoi.

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Saturday, 19 November 2016

Buddha Head Shakyamuni 19th Century Central Java, Indonesia : Arts and Crafts Company

Buddha Head Shakyamuni
19th Century
Central Java, Indonesia
Bronze
Height 34 cms.
Width 29 cms. (approx.)

Monumental bronze head of Buddha Shakyamuni, circa 19th century in post Gupta style, the face with a meditative expression. The forehead with a central urna above arched eyebrows and downcast eyes, the narrow pointed nose above bowed carved lips. The elongated earlobes and flat curled hair surmounted with a curled conical shaped ushnisha - 34 cm high.

Patina is Black / Brown with Copper Sulphate (Green) and Anhydrous Copper Sulphate (White) deposits to the interior and exterior of the casting.

Provenance: Private Collection : Formerly part of a prominent Seattle, Washington, USA Estate.

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Please note: Asian works of art are very difficult to date precisely without specialist knowledge and technical laboratory testing. Asian works of art can on occasion be misleading due to decoration and forms being copied over many centuries in veneration of earlier periods. All dates mentioned in Arts and Crafts Company Asian works of art descriptions are a matter of opinion only and not a statement of fact. Arts and Crafts Company as fine art brokers encourage all buyers to obtain independent expert advice before completing any purchases.

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Thursday, 17 November 2016

Parvati Hindu Goddess of Love : Arts and Crafts Company

Parvati Hindu Goddess of Love
Circa 1900
Chola Style in Bogashakti Form
Bronze with traces of red pigment
Tamil Nadu
Southern India

Height 26 cms.
Width 17 cms.
Depth 11 cms.

Condition Report: Minor patina rubbing, red pigment deterioration and bronze surface marks commensurate with age. Anhydrous Copper Sulphate (White) deposits to upper outer left thigh area surface. Upper rectangular base plinth corners bumped, otherwise good.

Parvati (IAST: Pārvatī) is the Hindu goddess of fertility, love and devotion; as well as of divine strength and power. She is the gentle and nurturing aspect of the Hindu goddess Shakti and one of the central deities of the Goddess-oriented Shakta sect.
Parvati is the wife of the Hindu god Shiva - the protector and re-generator of universe and all life. She is the daughter of the mountain king Himavan and mother Mena. Parvati is the mother of Hindu deities Ganesha and Kartikeya. Some communities also believe her to be the sister of the god Vishnu and the river-goddess Ganga.

With Shiva, Parvati is a central deity in the Shaiva sect. In Hindu belief, she is the re-creative energy and power of Shiva, and she is the cause of a bond that connects all beings and a means of their spiritual release. In Hindu temples dedicated to her and Shiva, she is symbolically represented as the argha or yoni. She is found extensively in ancient Indian literature, and her statues and iconography grace Hindu temples all over South Asia and Southeast Asia.

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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Sparkle and Shine at The Christmas and New Year Party with Vintage British Designer Silver Jewellery @ hashtag-silver.com

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Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Anthony Hawksley RCA (1921-1991) : www.hashtag-silver.com

Anthony Hawksley RCA (1921-1991) : www.hashtag-silver.com
#SILVER.COM : Anthony Hawksley, London 1957/58, fully hallmarked and signed Vintage Silver Necklace and Earrings Suite : Necklace Length 17" (430 mm) : Earrings Drop 1 3/8" (40 mm) : Weight: 42.6g (total) : www.hashtag-silver.com

Anthony Hawksley (1921-1991) Trained at the Maidstone School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. In 1951 he exhibited at the Festival of Britain for the Goldsmith's Hall. By 1952 Anthony was lecturing and teaching silversmithing in both Birmingham and Oxford, UK.

Renown jewellers Payne & Son of Oxford retailed Anthony's silver designs and jewellery as well as commissioning pieces from him for the Oxford Colleges and worldwide private clients.

In 1972 Payne's of Oxford commissioned Anthony Hawksley to create silver for use in Wolfson College, Oxford for use in their distinctive new architect designed buildings. Hawksley visited the Oxford site while the buildings were being built and created a silver collection inspired by the new architecture, which included acid-etched designs, a technique Anthony Hawksley had pioneered in the 1960's.

In 1965 Anthony Hawksley exhibited jewellery at the Ewan Phillips Gallery, Maddox Street, London.

In 1981 Anthony Hawksley exhibited overseas at the Westminster Gallery, Boston in the United States of America.

The Victoria & Albert Museum in London display in their collection a modernist silver collar by Anthony Hawksley designed and made in the 1960's.

Anthony Hawksley resided at Great Rollright, North Oxford and Moreton Hampstead in Devon, where Anthony Hawksley died in 1991, leaving as his legacy the timeless British Modernist Silver designs of the mid to late 20th Century - www.hashtag-silver.com

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Chinese Imperial Ru Ware Collection re-discovered @ Arts and Crafts Company

Chinese Imperial Ru Ware
Tribute Landscape Vase circa 1127
Northern Song
Emperor Qinzong (1126-1127)
Mark and Period.

Emperor Qinzong of Song (23 May 1100 – 14 June 1161), personal name Zhao Huan, was the ninth emperor of the Song Dynasty in China and the last emperor of the Northern Song Dynasty.

The Ru kiln located in Linru County of Central China's Henan Province represented a major celadon school that rose in Northern China in the Song Dynasty (960-1279). Ru Kiln refers to a government kiln in Linru County catering to the Northern Song rulers; the kiln's products were known as Ru ware porcelain.

The inscription on this vase reads "Song Qinzong the great year of Pig". The central character is read as "Palace". Emperor Qinzong reigned from (1126-1127) and from the inscription we can deduct that the vase was a tribute in the last year of the reign of Emperor Qinzong of China in the year 1127.

Height = 7 5/8 in. (19.5 cms.)
Top = 2 in (5.1 cms.)
Base = 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cms.)

Condition: Very good condition.
Provenance: Part of a USA Private Song Dynasty
Ceramic Collection (ex. Sotheby's, etc.).

The Imperial Court used tribute wares from Ding, Yaozhou, Hutian and some other kilns during the early to Mid Northern Song period.  Subsequently, mainly Ru wares were used by the Northern Song rulers. Information regarding Ru ware was not found in official sources.  Our knowledge about Ru wares is essentially gathered from excerpts of some of the writings by the ancient Chinese scholars. 

According to Lu You, who lived during the late Northern to Early Southern Song period, in his writing "Lao Xue An bi ji" "老学庵笔记" he mentioned that the imperial palace used only Ru ware after Ding ware was deemed unsuitable due to the rough rim.

Ye Zhi in his writing "tan zhai bi heng" "坦斋笔衡" also mentioned about the discontinued usage of  Ding ware and that Ru ware was the best.  He further mentioned that the capital (jing shi 京师) built its own kiln which was called Guanyao ,i.e. guan (official) kiln.

The elusive kiln producing Ru wares was finally discovered in 1987 at Qingliangsi (in Henan Baofeng County).  The sixth excavation in 2000 uncovered 15 kiln furnaces, two workshops and large quantities of Ru ware, specimen and kiln furniture.  Finally, the centre of production of the Imperial Ru ware was discovered.

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Friday, 23 September 2016

Zardozi Embroidery India 19thC - Arts and Crafts Company.


Zardozi Embroidery
Two Peacocks with Snakes
India 19thC.
Silk and Metal Thread.

Height 109 cms. x Width 52 cms. approx.

Condition Report: Minor imperfections consistent with age and use, good condition overall with good colours and detailed hand embroidery work.

Zardozi is a Persian word that means sewing with gold string. Zar meaning gold and Dozi meaning embroidery. Zardozi attained popularity in the 17th century under the patronage of Mughal Emperor Akbar (1542 - 1605).

Zardozi or Zar-douzi (Persian: زَردوزی, Arabic: خرير الماء, Urdu: زَردوزی, Azerbaijani: Zərdozi, Hindi: ज़रदोज़ी) work is a type of embroidery in Iran, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Kuwait, Turkey, Central Asia, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Zardozi embroidery is beautiful metal embroidery which once used to embellish the attire of the Kings and the royals in India. It was also used to adorn walls of the royal tents, scabbards, wall hangings and the paraphernalia of regal elephants and horses. Zardozi embroidery work involves making elaborate designs, using gold and silver threads. Further adding to the magnificence of the hand craft work they can also be found studded with pearls and precious stones.

In India, Peacocks symbolized royalty and power. One of the most important symbols of this was the so-called Peacock Throne, which was built the early 17th century for Şah Jahan. The name was taken from two peacocks covered in gold and jewels that were an integral part of the throne. Unfortunately, the original Peacock Throne was captured and taken to Persia by Nadır Şah in 1739 and was never seen again.

Zardozi declined in India at the end of the 19th century with the arrival of the industrial revolution and with it the demise of traditional Indian hand crafts.

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