Sotheby’s upcoming Arts d’Asie auction will take place at the Galerie Charpentier in Paris on 10 June 2014.
Offering a diverse range of fine Chinese, Japanese and Tibetan works of art from European private collections, this sale features an important gilt-bronze figure of Buddha Shakyamuni held in a French collection since the early 1900s. The Chinese works of art section is led by a rare Imperial gilt-decorated spinach-green jade musical chime dated by inscription to 1764. Formerly in the collection of Baron Antoine Allard, it was acquired during a visit to China in 1961 in the company of Queen Elisabeth of Belgium. Another treasure to be offered in the Paris Asian Art sale is a very rare Japanese 17th-century Namban screen depicting the arrival of Portugese traders in Japan. Namban screens were made in the late 16th and early 17th centuries by artists of the Kano school. Very few of these screens are known and even fewer are held in private hands.