Sotheby’s is honored to present a selection of Chinese Buddhist sculpture from the Junkunc Collection. Formed by the esteemed late Chicago collector Stephen Junkunc III (d. 1978) in the 1930s-50s, the Junkunc Collection was one of the largest and most important American collections of Chinese art of the 20th century with many of the works purchased from leading US and UK dealers of the mid-20th century including C.T. Loo, Yamanaka & Co., Nagatani Inc., John Sparks Ltd., and Alice Boney. The sale comprises almost 1,000 years of early Buddhist stone, lacquer and gilt-bronze sculptures dating from the Northern Wei to Ming dynasties. Highlights include a rare and magnificent painted limestone figure of a standing bodhisattva, formerly in the collection of Mrs. Christian Holmes (1871–1941) and a large and impressive Tang dynasty limestone head sold at Parke-Bernet Galleries in 1955.