The Asian Art Department’s final sale of the year has now taken place, totalling nearly €12 million combined with the auction of the David David-Weill Collection.
To quote Caroline Schulten, director of the Asian Art department: “This afternoon’s sale shows that Sotheby’s Paris is continuing to post solid results in an increasingly selective market. Buddhist bronzes, jade and porcelains are always very popular with our buyers, particularly when they are rare, have a long-standing provenance and are coming onto the market for the first time.”
This was proven by several lively bidding battles, including for a magnificent blue and white porcelain flask with a Qianlong period mark, which fetched €1,323,000 compared with its estimate of €300,000-500,000 (lot 78). An exceptional gilt bronze statuette of Tara, Nepal, 13th century, sold for €1,203,000 against an estimate of €400,000-600,000 (lot 73), confirming Chinese collectors’ growing interest in Himalayan pieces. We can also cite a Kangxi period gilt bronze statuette of Amitayus, which sold for €843,000 (lot 50; estimate: €300,000-500,000), a gilt bronze statuette, Yongle period and mark, which fetched €459,000 (lot 59, estimate: €150,000-250,000) and a superb cloisonné enamel perfume burner from the Qianlong period, acquired for €207,000 after an estimate of €50,000-70,000 (lot 49).
We are pleased to announce our upcoming Asian Art auction in Paris on 16 December 2015. The sale is led by an exceptional Nepalese gilt-bronze figure of Tara dating to the 13th century. Other works include a rare large blue and white Ming-style moonflask from the Qianlong period, a Sino-Tibetan gilt-bronze figure of Shakyamuni Buddha and a selection of 18th-century jades from a French Private collection acquired in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s.