Sotheby’s upcoming Arts d’Asie auction will take place at the Galerie Charpentier in Paris on 11 June 2019.
We are honoured to present for sale seven sculptures from a Swiss private collection that was formed over 50 years ago in London and Paris, guided by well-known specialists. The highlight of the collection is a rare large sandstone head of Buddha which stylistically can be dated to the late 7th century/early 8th century. It was acquired in 1967 from Samy Chalom in Paris. Chalom had purchased the head from the family of a certain M. Raufast, a French collector of Chinese paintings, works of art and sculptures active in the early decades of the 20th century.
Moreover, the sale presents a strong group of Chinese and Himalayan buddhist gilt-bronzes from various private collections, among them a well-cast gilt-bronze figure of a Bodhisattva, possibly Manjusri, made during the Yongle period of the Ming dynasty, originally acquired by the family of the present owner from the collection of Andre Schoeller in Paris in 1956. A rare 18th century Mongolian gilt-bronze figure of Amitayus, and a large gilt-bronze figure of Buddha seated on a stepped lotus throne from a Belgian private collection, as well as a group of three unusual Nepalese figures of Chakrasamvara complete the sale.