News Article | December 7, 2016
Preview days for Kaminski Auctions Thanksgiving sale were very well attended which was an indication of good things to come for the annual auction. Old faces and friends visiting the preview, plus 1700 visiting online and over 30% of them new users to the site brought a worldwide audience to add to the excitement of the sale. A collection of Richard F. Outcault (American, 1863-1928) "Buster Brown" Sunday comic strip original art works that had descended through the family of the artist brought the most excitement to the day. Buster Brown was a comic strip character created in 1902 by Richard F. Outcault and was adopted as the symbol of a children’s shoe company called the Brown Shoe Company in 1904. In the early 20th century Buster Brown and his pit bull terrier” Tige” were well known to the American public. The six Buster Brown lots were hotly contested over the phones and through multiple Internet bidding platforms. They were finally hammered down at $47,700 with buyer’s premium and all sold to the same European bidder. The top lot of the collection was titled "The Worm Turns Twice," dated March 19th, 1916. It had been published in the Philadelphia Record. All of the Outcault artwork included the original newspaper sheet. Other artwork and decorative arts on offer were from the Belvedere Guest House on Fire Island, New York. Three Robert Bliss (American, 1925-1981), paintings sold as separate lots with the highest titled "Boy at the Beach," oil on masonite, signed and dated bringing $7,800. A 19th century classical marble bust of Robert Burns brought $5,700 and another of Sir Walter Scott brought a similar price. Top lot from the Belvedere was an outstanding 18th century French Louis XV basin decorated with carved putti and figureheads. The basin had a particularly beautiful copper liner with a crest on the embossed center. Originally purchased at Park Bennett, New York in the 1940s to 1950s, it sold for $14,000. A signed Tiffany Studios Turtleback table lamp from a private collector with an exquisite leaded stained glass shade was the top lot of the two- day sale with an $18,000 hammer price. A surprise lot was a set of twelve Baccarat crystal "Czar" pattern stemware comprised of three different forms including four each of wine, champagne and water goblets, each with four colors of blue, rose, green and chartreuse that brought $10,800. Top name estate jewelry brought good prices with a signed Van Cleef ladies’ eighteen carat gold and diamond bracelet from a New York collection bringing $14,400, a circa 1920 Cartier diamond, platinum and sapphire fur clip sold for $8,400 and a ladies' diamond and platinum engagement ring with a 3.53carat center stone sold for $18,000. Day one of the sale which featured the majority of Asian items in the auction saw a huge painting by Brian Coole (British, born 1939) titled “The Hongs of Canton from the Mainland”, oil on board from a New Hampshire estate sell for $11,400, while a circa 1950’s modern Chinese painting of a boat by the coast, signed lower right and inscribed verso "Given to George and Rosalie Humphrey, Sept. 1953, by Sergei Eliseev Professor at Harvard-Yenching Institute, Originally in Shanghai Museum then in Fogg Art Museum in Cambridge Massachusetts " brought $15,600. All prices quoted include 20% buyer’s premium for all prices realized go to http://www.kaminskiauctions.com.
Zhong Y.,Sun Yat Sen University |
Qiu Z.,Sun Yat Sen University |
Li L.,Sun Yat Sen University |
Gu X.,Shanghai Museum |
And 3 more authors.
Zhongguo Xitu Xuebao/Journal of the Chinese Rare Earth Society | Year: 2013
Nephrite genesis and its origin identification is an important branch in the research of petromineralogy and archaeology of ancient jade. Among the numerous studies conducted by predecessors, REE (rare earth element) was taken as a significant tool analyzing mineral genesis and geochemical conditions, and thought to be valuable in further research. This paper used measuring methods as LA-ICP-MS to analyze REE compositions of Hetian-Xinjiang, Liyang-Jiangsu, Luodian-Guizhou, and etc. Combined with data reported by predecessors, and applying statistical methods as variance analysis, the paper conducted a relative systematic analysis and comparison of REE contents, patterns and related parameters of nephrites from the above origins. The results showed that, due to the diversity in ore-forming fluids and geochemical settings, certain differences of REE contents and patterns among various origins existed: nephrites from Hetian-Xinjiang presented a strong negative anomaly of Eu; nephrites from Xiuyan-Liaoning displayed an obvious fractionation between LREE and HREE; nephrites from Ge'ermu-Qinghai had a relative low REE contents; nephrites from Liyang-Jiangsu, Luodian-Guizhou and Wenchuan-Sichuan had a common feature of negative Ce anomaly; and the above characteristics could be regarded as diagnostic features. Combined with REE differences among nephrites of different origins and their major elements as well other trace elements feature, the paper explored nephrite origin identification within China.
Derui T.,Chinese Society of Traditional Crafts |
Haiping L.,Shanghai Museum
China Foundry | Year: 2011
In the course of Chinese civilization, which lasted more than 5,000 years, casting production has made a huge contribution. In this paper, some representative metal castings were presented. According to their forming techniques, they can be grouped into stone mould casting, clay mould casting, ablation casting, lost wax casting, stack casting, permanent mould casting, sand casting, etc. According to their materials, they can be categorized into tin bronze, bimetallic bronze, malleable cast iron, ductile cast iron, brass, cupronickel alloy (Packtong), etc. According to their surface decorative techniques they can be devided into gem inlay, gilding, gold and silver inlay, copper inlay, engraved decoration, surface tin-enrichment, mother-of-pearl inlay, burnished works with gold or silver inlay, surface coloring and cloisonné enamel, etc.
Wang Z.,East China Normal University |
Zhuang C.,East China Normal University |
Saito Y.,Geological Survey of Japan |
Chen J.,Shanghai Museum |
And 2 more authors.
Quaternary Science Reviews | Year: 2012
We used a series of Holocene sediment cores with AMS 14C dated basal saltmarsh peat and supratidal sediment to reconstruct early mid-Holocene sea-level change on the southern Yangtze delta plain. We also synthesized results for ca 150 late Quaternary cores, as well as archeological data to reveal the unique interplay between coastal evolution and Neolithic cultural response. Relative sea level was ca -16.5 to -14.5 m from 8600 to 8500 cal BP and ca -6 to -4 m from 7400 to 7200 cal BP, reflecting the rate of eustatic sea-level rise but being ca 10 m higher possibly because of the effect of hydro-istostasy. Three late Pleistocene interfluve terraces, T3 to T1, were revealed at burial depths of <5 m, 5-15 m, and 20-30 m, respectively, lying between the paleo-incised mega-valleys of the Yangtze River in the north and the Qiantang River in the south, during the last glacial maximum. During the early mid-Holocene, the combined effect of rapid sea-level rise and the huge sediment accommodation space of the mouths of the two mega-rivers resulted in widespread inundation by brackish water and the shoreline retreated onto the highest terrace (T3). Although seaward migration of the Yangtze delta probably began at ca 7300 cal BP, saltmarsh and tidal flats dominated on the southern Yangtze delta plain until ca 6500 to 6000 cal BP when sea level became relatively stable and the shoreline prograded rapidly from T3 to the seaward boundary of T2. The concurrent formation of the freshwater-dominated Taihu Plain allowed Neolithic settlement and development of agriculture. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.
Derul T.,Chinese Traditional Techniques Committee |
Halplng L.,Shanghai Museum
69th World Foundry Congress 2010, WFC 2010 | Year: 2010
In the course of Chinese civilization, which lasted more than 5000 years, casting production has made a huge contribution. In this paper, the main representative metal castings were introduced. Some castings showed the different traditional casting techniques including the stone-mold casting, the clay-mold casting, the metal-mold casting, the stack-casting, the burn-out casting, the lost-wax process and the sand-mold casting. Some castings showed different alloy technologies including bronze, bimetallic bronze, malleable hard iron, ductile cast iron, brass and cupronickel. Some castings showed surface decorative techniques including gem inlay, gilding, gold and silver inlay, copper inlay, carved decoration, surface tin-enrichment, mother-of-pearl inlay, burnished works with gold or silver inlay, surface coloring and cloisonne enamel. Copyright© (2010) by the World Foundry Organization Ltd.
Luo X.-Y.,East China University of Science and Technology |
Ye F.,B and W Tek Opto Electronics Shanghai Co. |
Wu L.-M.,Shanghai Museum |
Yuan S.-W.,East China University of Science and Technology |
And 2 more authors.
Guang Pu Xue Yu Guang Pu Fen Xi/Spectroscopy and Spectral Analysis | Year: 2010
Identification and characterization of materials used in cultural heritage and conservation can provide important information for dating, authentication and deteriorating situation in general. How to extract useful information from these materials in-situ is one of the main concerns. Application of mobile Raman spectroscopy for this purpose has great attentions for scientists and conservators. The present paper aims to investigate the mobile Raman spectroscopy in studying the effect of UV light on the deterioration of silk, seal ink and Chinese traditional colorants such as kermes, vermillion and zhubiao, which is commonly appeared on painted works of art, and the silk sample is also often used as an consolidant for repairing destroyed textile objects. Spectra were recorded from predefined regions on the samples before and after ultraviolet radiation with 360 nm wavelength and 0.68 W · m-2 intensity. The result revealed obvious effects of ultraviolet radiation on the materials simulated in this research. The original kind of seal ink has been clearly identified. The changes in spectra of all samples with and without UV radiation were further distinguished and studied. The result will assist for scientists and conservators to determine the safe treatments and suitable environmental condition for storage, display and transport. The result will also help for studying mechanism of deterioration of museum objects influenced by environmental factors. The mobile Raman spectroscopy showed a suitable and convenient means for in-situ non-destructive detection and study of deterioration in practical conditions.
Tan D.-R.,Shanghai Museum |
Lian H.-P.,Shanghai Museum
Zhuzao/Foundry | Year: 2010
In the course of Chinese civilization, which lasts more than 5000 years, casting production has made a huge contribution. In this paper, the main representative metal castings were presented. Some castings show the different traditional casting techniques including the stone-mold casting, the clay-mold casting, the metal-mold casting, the stack-casting, the ablation casting, the lost-wax process and the sand-mold casting. Some castings show different alloy technologies including tin bronze, composite metal, malleable cast iron, ductile cast iron, brass and cupronickel. Some castings show surface decorative techniques including gem inlay, gilding, gold and silver inlay, copper inlay, carved decoration, surface tin-enrichment, mother-of-pearl inlay, burnished works with gold or silver inlay, surface coloring and cloisonné enamel, etc.