A small Ming dynasty -era bowl dubbed the chicken cup sold for 281.2 million Hong Kong dollars (US$36.3 million ) at a Sotheby's Auction,setting a record for the most expensive Chinese porcelain ever sold at auction.Chicken cups have long been prized among wealthy Chinese, with classical literature referencing the small wares, saying aristocrats and emperors would spend fortunes for a single sample. Porcelains made during the Chenghua period are regarded as the most refined by collectors.The cup, which got its nickname thanks to the painted depiction of chickens on the side of the cup, is one of 19 chicken cups are known to exist in the world. All but four are in museum collections.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist" the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Presents one of the most important artists of the Harlem Renaissance, featuring the painter's vision of African American culture during the Jazz Age. The exhibition covers Motley's entire career, including periods in Chicago, Paris, and Mexico.The works represents, in a radical and vibrant way, as well as vividly hued, lively scenes of crowded dancehalls that reflect the colorful spirit of the Harlem Renaissance.The exhibition also features his canvases of Jazz Age Paris and 1950s Mexico. Motley's most memorable works of Art will be presented together for the first time . This exhibition will travel across the country ending at the Whitney in New York City in 2015.
Another fact :In 1927 Motley's painting mending socks was voted the most popular exhibit at the Newark Museum in New Jersey.