The Asian Art sale in Paris will include extraordinary Buddhist works from the Qing dynasty, including a spectacular imperial bianzhong temple bell made during the reign of Emperor Kangxi (1662-1722), marked and dated 1713, a gilt-bronze figure of Amitayus from the same period and three imperial tangkas from the Qianlong period (1736-1795), one with a very rare portrait of Rolpay Dorje, the leading Buddhist scholar of the 18th century and tutor to Emperor Qianlong.
The sale will also feature a selection of Chinese modern paintings acquired by three eminent private collectors: a French diplomat who bought works in Beijing in the 1960s, led by a Landscape by Huang Binhong (1864-1955), Swiss collector Eric Vuilleumier, who also bought paintings in the 1960s, with Banana Leaves by Qi Baishi (1864-1957) and a collector from the south of France, with six paintings by Zhao Shao’Ang (1905-1998).
For the first time in Paris, Sotheby’s will have the honour of offering items from the important L. & Y. Laufer Collection of Japanese netsuke, acquired from top European dealers and at auction since the 1950s. It includes items in both ivory and wood, among them a unique boxwood netsuke signed Kaigyoku portraying an array of sea creatures.
With 90.7% of lots sold by value, the Asian Art auction at Sotheby’s Paris today recorded one of the highest-ever value selling-rates for a Sotheby’s sale of Asian Art in the French capital. These results reflect a strong Asian Art market with a healthy outlook – a market able to attract numerous bidders keen to contest exceptional works that come fresh to the market or endowed with a venerable provenance.
The sale’s 20th century Chinese paintings aroused great interest – as is increasingly the case in Paris, especially when they originate from French or European private collections, like the 22 works offered here. The two works in greatest demand were both by Qi Baishi: his Three Pigeons flew to €348,750 ($459,387), the day’s second-highest price (lot 246, est. €30,000-40,000*); while his Chrysanthemums unfurled at €204,750 ($317.126) (lot 237, est. €60,000-80,000).
Buddhist works of art lived up to expectations, with an exceptional Qing Dynasty gilt-bronze figure of Amitayus incrusted with pietradura (Kangxi Period, 1662-1722) landing the sale’s top price of €816,750 ($1,075,856) (lot 104, est. €300,000-400,000). All three imperial Qianlong thangkas (1736-95) from the former Willem van Heusden Collection cleared top estimate, led by a portrait of Changkya Hutuktu Rolpai Dorje that soared past its €50,000 top-estimate to €228,750 ($301,319) (lot 30).
Veuillez noter que les dimensions de ce fauteuil sont 101 x 62 x 53 cm.
Please note that the dimensions of this armchair are 39 3/4 x 24 3/8 x 20 7/8 in.
Contrairement a ce qui est note dans le catalogue papier, veuillez noter que les dimensions correctes de ce lot sont les suivantes: 18 cm, 7 1/8 in.
Please note correct dimensions for this lot are: 18 cm, 7 1/8 in.
Contrairement a ce qui est indique dans le catalogue papier les dimensions correctes de ce lot sont les suivantes: 10,5 cm, 4 1/8 in.
Please note correct dimensions for this lot are: 10,5 cm, 4 1/8 in.
Veuillez noter que cette statuette de Dharmatala est tibetaine et date du XVe siecle et provient de la collection Eric and Betty Bass, vendue chez Sotheby's New York, 28 mars 1996, lot 180.
Please note that this figure of Dharmatala is Tibetan and dated to the 15th century and comes from the collection of Eric and Betty Bass, sold at Sotheby's New York, 28th March 1996, lot 180.
Veuillez noter que le lot 130 a ete retire de la vente.
Please note lot 130 has been withdrawn from the actual sale.
Veuillez noter que le lot 177 a ete retire de la vente.
Please note lot 177 has been withdrawn from the actual sale.
Veuillez noter que le lot 181 a ete realise en zitan et non en hongmu comme indique dans le catalogue.
Please note the present piece is made of zitan wood and not of hongmu as noted in the catalogue.
Please note that the provenance mentioned in the catalogue is incorrect.
Veuillez noter que la provenance indiquee au catalogue est incorrecte.
Veuillez noter que la photo du lot 206 dans le catalogue papier correspond en realite au lot 207 et inversement. Please note that in the catalogue, the photo of lot 206 corresponds in fact to lot 207.
Veuillez noter que dans le catalogue papier la photo du lot 207 correspond en realite au lot 206 et inversement. Please note that in the catalogue, the photo of lot 207 corresponds in fact to lot 206.
Please note that this vase was formerly in the collection of Mrs Alfred Clark, sold at Sotheby's London, 25th March 1975, lot 114 and then at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 16th May 1977, lot 179 and was exhibited in the exhibition Ju and Kuan Wares of the Song Dynasty, Related Wares and Derivaties of Later Date, The Oriental Ceramic Society, London, 19th November - 13th December 1952, no. 104.
Please note that this vase bears a Kangxi mark but it is not from the period.
Veuillez noter que ce vase a une marque de l'empereur Kangxi mais ne date pas de la periode.
Veuillez noter que contrairement a ce qui est indique au catalogue ce lot ne necessite pas de CITES.
Please note that this lot doesn't require any CITES document.
Veuillez noter que ce netsuke n'est pas signe. Please note that this netsuke is unsigned.
Veuillez noter que ce netsuke ne porte pas de signature contrairement a ce qui est indique au catalogue.
Please note that this netsuke is unsigned unlike the mention in the catalogue.
Veuillez noter que ce yatate est signe Baitetsu. Please note that this yatate is signed Baitetsu.