Sunday, 21 August 2016

Maharaja Bhupinder Singh : Royal Worcester Porcelain Dinner Service

Maharaja Bhupinder Singh
(India, 1891 - 1938)
Royal Worcester Porcelain Dinner Service

Qty. : 12
Size: 11.1 inches
Period : 1912


Condition Report: Twelve (12) Good unused Condition.
Provenance: Private Collection (India):

Bhupinder Singh was born at the Moti Bagh Palace, Patiala and educated at Aitchison College. At age 9, he succeeded as Maharaja of Patiala state upon death of his father, Maharaja Rajinder Singh, on 9 November 1900. A Council of Regency ruled in his name until he took partial powers shortly before his 18th birthday on 1 October 1909 and was invested with full powers by the Viceroy of India, the 4th Earl of Minto, on 3 November 1910.
 
Maharaja Bhupinder Singh served on the General Staff in France, Belgium, Italy and Palestine in the First World War as an Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel, and was promoted Honorary Major-General in 1918 and Honorary Lieutenant-General in 1931. He represented India at the League of Nations in 1925, and was chancellor of the Indian Chamber of Princes for 10 years between 1926 and 1938, also being a representative at the Round Table Conference. He married many times and had many children by his wives and concubines.

Maharaja Bhupinder Singh was the first man in India to own an aircraft, which he bought from the United Kingdom in the first decade of the twentieth century. For his aircraft he built an airstrip at Patiala, India - Source: Wikipedia

 
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Friday, 12 August 2016

Chinese Qijia - Longshan Culture Jade.


Chinese Qijia - Longshan Culture Jade (2000 - 1900 bce).
Olive Green Jade Bi.
Outer Diameter 6.6 cms.
Inner Diameter 2 cms.
Depth 1 mm.

This finely polished and wafer thin Chinese Qijia - Longshan Culture Olive Green translucent Jade Bi is hand polished both sides with a central drilled whole. The Jade is without carving and displays signs of surface pitting and considerable age and the faces of the Jade Bi are both concave and convex in places.

The Longshan (or Lung-shan) culture, also sometimes referred to as the Black Pottery Culture, was a late Neolithic culture in the middle and lower Yellow River valley areas of northern China, dated from about 3000 to 1900 BC. The first archaeological find of this culture took place at the Chengziya Archaeological Site in 1928, with the first excavations in 1930 and 1931. The culture is named after the nearby modern town of Longshan (lit. "Dragon Mountain") in Zhangqiu, Shandong.

Note: Jade colour may vary depending on type of computer screen used for viewing.

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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Fine Chinese Antique White Nephrite Jade and Gilt Metal Tara - Arts and Crafts Company

Fine Chinese Antique White Nephrite Jade and Gilt Metal Tara.

 

Fine Chinese Antique White Nephrite Jade and Gilt Metal Tara.

 

Date: Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644).

 

Dimensions: Height 39 cms, Width 18 cms, Depth 9.5 cms. (excluding Foguang).

 

 

 
 

Weight: 4.5 Kg (excluding Foguang).

Foguang: Height 34 cms, Maximum Width 18 cms.

 

Condition Report: Good, Minor wear and metal corrosion commensurate with age.

 

Provenance: Private Collection China.


Within Buddhism Tārā is regarded as a Bodhisattva of compassion and action. She is the female aspect of Avalokiteśvara, and in some stories she originates from his tears:

Tārā also embodies many of the qualities of feminine principle. She is known as the Mother of Mercy and Compassion. She is the source, the female aspect of the universe, which gives birth to warmth, compassion and relief from bad karma as experienced by ordinary beings in cyclic existence. She engenders, nourishes, smiles at the vitality of creation, and has sympathy for all beings as a mother does for her children. As Green Tārā she offers succor and protection from all the unfortunate circumstances one can encounter within the samsaric world.
As White Tārā she expresses maternal compassion and offers healing to beings who are hurt or wounded, either mentally or psychically. As Red Tārā she teaches discriminating awareness about created phenomena, and how to turn raw desire into compassion and love. As Blue Tārā (Ekajati) she becomes a protector in the Nyingma lineage, who expresses a ferocious, wrathful, female energy whose invocation destroys all Dharmic obstacles and engenders good luck and swift spiritual awakening.

Within Buddhism, she has 21 major forms in all, each tied to a certain color and energy. And each offers some feminine attribute, of ultimate benefit to the spiritual aspirant who asks for her assistance.

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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Art Fund and Royal Museums Greenwich launch appeal to save Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I

Today Arts and Crafts Company are announcing a public campaign to save an iconic masterpiece of the English Renaissance with the aim of securing its acquisition by Royal Museums Greenwich.

The portrait

Elizabeth I was Queen of England and Ireland from 1558 until her death in 1603. The Armada Portrait was painted when she was in her fifties and commemorates the most famous conflict of her reign – the failed invasion of England by the Spanish Armada in August 1588.


The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I, English school, c. 1590

“This campaign is a huge challenge but we believe in the power of popular support to make great things happen. This picture truly belongs at Greenwich, and having it here for ever is tantalisingly within our grasp.”
  • Stephen Deuchar
  • Director of the Art Fund

Elizabeth gave perhaps her most famous speech to her troops at Tilbury in August 1588, ahead of their victory: 'I know I have the body of a weak, feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too, and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any prince of Europe, should dare to invade the borders of my realm...'

The portrait was owned – and may even have been commissioned – by Sir Francis Drake, one of the great heroes of Elizabeth's court, and his descendants are the current owners. It is an outstanding historical document that captures a watershed moment in history, but it also transcends this specific moment in time. Scholars have described it as a definitive representation of the English Renaissance, encapsulating the creativity, ideals and ambitions of the Elizabethan 'Golden Age'. It has inspired countless portrayals of Elizabeth I in film, theatre and television, and has been instrumental in making her one of the most recognisable historical figures today. It is a truly iconic work of art.

An oil painting on oak panels, the painting is unusual for its large size and horizontal format. The two seascapes show: on the left, the English fleet in calm waters with the approaching Spanish Armada, and on the right the Armada ships wrecked on the Irish coast in a storm. Like many Tudor portraits, it is packed with meaning and metaphor, and was designed to be a spectacle of power and majesty.

Elizabeth’s upright posture, open arms and clear gaze speak of vitality and strength. The egg-shaped object just above her left shoulder might be seen to symbolise if not fertility, then rebirth and eternal life. She is draped in pearls – metaphors for chastity and the moon. On her skirt and her sleeves there are numerous suns embroidered in gold, to signify power and enlightenment. She rests her hand on a globe, with her fingers resting above the New World – a signal of her potency as a ruler not just of England, but also of America.

“Royal Museums Greenwich has a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire this remarkable portrait of Elizabeth I, so that it can be permanently shown in a public collection for the first time in its history, and safeguard its future.”
  • Kevin Fewster
  • Director of Royal Museums Greenwich


The campaign

Royal Museums Greenwich would be the perfect home for this iconic painting, with its fine 16th- and 17th-century collections, maritime setting and world-renowned conservation expertise. If our campaign is successful, the portrait will hang at the newly renovated Queen’s House, on the site of the original Greenwich Palace, where Elizabeth I was born. Plans are underway for a national programme to secure the widest possible audience. The painting is in a fragile condition and bringing it into public ownership now will secure its long-term future, conservation and display.

The price of the portrait, net of tax, is circa £10m. The Art Fund has committed a grant of £1m and Royal Museums Greenwich is contributing £400,000. If the campaign for the remaining £8.6m is successful, the painting will enter public ownership for the first time in its 425-year history and in the 90th birthday year of Queen Elizabeth II.

Please give generously. Donations will be matched pound for pound by a group of private individuals and charitable trusts.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Why Britain’s world-class galleries and auction houses could benefit from Brexit

Brexit - UK Fine Art and Antiques
Arts and Crafts Company : Brexit?

ON JUNE 23 the United Kingdom will make an historic decision about its future: should we remain in the European Union or go it alone?

With the polls in the balance Arts and Crafts Company highlight why Britain’s world-class fine art galleries and auction houses could benefit from Brexit :

Explore via The Spectator "Why Britain’s world-class galleries and auction houses could benefit from Brexit"…

Saturday, 23 April 2016

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Saturday, 5 March 2016

Jihong Red Glaze Qianlong Imperial Poem Vase - Arts and Crafts Company.

Jihong Red Glaze Qianlong Imperial Poem Vase.
18th Century (Year of The Goat 1775).
Emperor Qianlong Period (1736 - 1795).
Height = 8 1/8 inches.

The base of the vase is inscribed with an Imperial Poem and dated Year of the Goat (1775), made during the Emperor Qianlong reign of 1736 - 1795. There were two Years of The Goat during the 18th Century in China (1715 & 1775), only one Year of the Goat is recorded during the reign of Emperor Qianlong (1775); therefore it is believed the Imperial Poem was inscribed on this vase in 1775.

The poem inscribed on the base of this vase is recorded in the Qing Gaozong yuzhi shiwen quan ji [Anthology of imperial poems] and can be translated as follows:

Its glaze incandesces like the fiery red sky after the rain.
Once out of the kiln, it has to return to the flickering flames.
The world's vermilion simply does not compare.
All the rubies of the West cannot rival its colour.
Place flowers in it and they blush in shame.
It is impossible to capture the richness of its glaze in a painting.

Jihong porcelain with it's red under glaze is distinctively different from other Chinese ceramic styles, with very flamboyant, lively, and intense colours. In traditional Chinese culture, the colour red represents joy, happiness, and auspiciousness. This combination of form and meaning has made red under glaze porcelain very popular and demand has always been greater than supply.

It was extremely hard to produce this kind of porcelain, and the success rate was quite low. The successful production of red porcelain demonstrates the intelligence and dedication of the Jingdezhen people.

Emperor Xuanzong in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) wanted to use red porcelain to worship the sun god, and issued an imperial decree ordering the Jingdezhen kiln to produce it. After many attempts, the craftsmen failed to produce satisfactory porcelain and were whipped, thrown into prison, and threatened with death if they didn't produce what the emperor desired.

Cuilan, daughter of an elderly kiln worker, was very upset when her father was jailed. Enraged at the atrocity, she jumped into the fiery kiln. Two days later, when workers opened the kiln, they were surprised to find the porcelain inside was blood red. People thought Cuilan's blood dyed the porcelain red and this is how the porcelain came to be called Jihong.

Another porcelain with red under glaze that could withstand very high temperatures was produced recently in Hunan Province. Its colour and quality are as good as Jihong porcelain, and the mysterious ancient technique was finally revived. The new porcelain is named "Chinese Red Porcelain." - Source: ChinaCulture.org

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 Chinese porcelain is very difficult to date precisely without specialist knowledge and technical laboratory testing. Chinese porcelain artefact's 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 Chinese porcelain 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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