'Today's results show once again that Asian clients are always present in Paris for objects with ancient provenance that have been selected with care and come fresh to the market with attractive estimates' was the conclusion drawn by Caroline Schulten, Head of the Asian Art Department, after Sotheby's two-session sale of Asian art in Paris on June 12.
As at the corresponding Asian sale in June 2012, the top bid went to a Qing Dynasty, Yuhuchunping copper-red decorated porcelain vase, with the Yonghzheng hallmark, that fetched €961,500/$1,279,824 (lot 70, est. €30,000-40,000).
A rare Song Dynasty yellow jade carving of a mythical creature from the former collection of Professor Klaus J. Mueller (1923-2010) posted the sale's second-highest price of €781,500/$1,040,231 (lot 97, est. €12,000-15,000).
This tightly curated collection represents diverse artistic achievements from across Asia, while focusing strongly on works from China. Featured are a rare group of yellow-ground Imperial porcelains from a private French collection, a fine group of Buddhist gilt-bronzes from a private Scandinavian collection and exquisite scholar’s objects, led by a rare 18th-century finely carved ivory brush pot. Also of great interest is an album by the famed artist Huang Shen, dated 1737.