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With his fortune, Charles Gillot began to assemble a vast and rather eclectic collection of art ranging from Egyptian antiquities, Islamic glass, to Medieval works of art and sculpture, Japanese and Chinese works of art, paintings, prints and sculpture. His passion for Japanese art he shared with contemporaries such as the brothers Goncourt, who likewise were seduced by what became known as Japonisme.
Among the over 3000 works of art from the Charles Gillot collection sold after his death in 1903 in a series of sales held from the 8th to 13th February 1904 in Paris, were numerous highly important pieces, such as early Buddhist paintings, lacquerware and sculpture. Gillot focused on woodblock prints, early Japanese wood sculpture, bronzes and lacquerware.
Two lacquered wood figures of a standing Amida Nyorai are listed in the catalogue of the 1904 Gillot sale under lots 18 and 19, compare Collection Ch. Gillot. Objets d'Art et Peintures d'Extreme-Orient, Paris, 1904, p. 18. While the size of the figures is given as about the same, the heights with stands differ. The description of the surface decoration on both Amida figures is similar, but both sculptures are described in the catalogue as being of dry lacquer not wood. The present figure was thus not included in the 1904 Gillot sale.
Please note that the dating of this lot is consistent with the results of a C14 test.
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