The five sales of Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art set multiple records and achieved a combined total of HK$1.26 billion / US$161.5 million (estimated total: HK$750 million / US$96 million*). Top lot of the sale was a Dry Lacquer Head of Buddha from the Tang Dynasty, which sold for HK$40.44 million / US$5.2 million, setting the World Auction Record for Tang Sculpture .
This sophisticated and elegant collection of Buddhist sculptures and lacquerwares was assembled over the past 60 years by the legendary Japanese dealer Sakamoto Gorō. Buddhist stone sculptures from the zenith of Chinese Buddhism make up the majority of the sculptures, including an impressive stone standing figure of Avalokiteshvara from the Northern Qi Dynasty (550−577 AD). The collection also includes a unique massive dry lacquer head of Buddha from the Tang Dynasty (618−907 AD), which is one of the finest extant pieces produced in this very complicated technique. The lacquer spans from Song Dynasty black lacquer dishes to Ming Dynasty cinnabar and mother-of-pearl inlaid pieces and Qing Dynasty cinnabar lacquer.
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