The collection of Mr. Pierre Pagès the Governor of Cochinchina from 1934 to 1939

The present lot hails from an important single owner grouping (Lot 770 - 772). Acquired by Mr. Pierre Pagès the Governor of Cochinchina, which was the southern region of Vietnam during the French colonial period, the present lot has exceptional provenance. From 1934 to 1939, Pierre Pagès served as the governor of the region, also known as Nam Kỳ in Vietnamese, and had a deep appreciation for Vietnamese arts – a letter from the last emperor of Vietnam Bao Daï to Pagès reveals an exchange regarding lithograph albums by the artist Gia-Dinh. Nguyen Gia Tri's Les Villageois, sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 30 September 2018, Lot 1043, which stands as the world record price for the artist, also hails from this important grouping.

Mr Pierre Pagès with European governors and Vietnamese authorities. The writing on the photo details the names of some of people in the group and indicates that it is the Cabinet of the Governor of Cochinchina in Saigon.
A letter from the last emperor of Vietnam Bao Daï to Mr.Pagès, thanking him for sending some albums of lithographs by the artist Gia-Dinh
越南末代君主保大帝致帕杰先生之信件,感謝他送來藝術家Gia-Dinh 的版畫。

Pagès acquired Mai Trung Thu's Mère et fils (Lot 770) directly from the artist after his return to France. Mai Thu depicts this classical image of maternal love in an idyllic setting, revealing an outdoor garden and a blue porcelain vase displaying cherry blossoms atop a Chinese style table. Mai Trung Thu's Costume de fête (Lot 771) is a charming depiction of a young boy wearing a blue festival costume. Small details such as the boy's ceremonial necklace and dark brown hat reveal Mai Thu's exquisite hand. Lastly, a highly rare silk painting by Dang Tran Côc (Lot 772) was a gift to Mr. Pierre Pagè from the artist, and depicts two women sitting before a loom weaving delicate beads into a piece of fabric.

A photo taken in 1936 shows Mr. Pierre Pagès standing in the front row, second from the right, with other European and Vietnamese dignitaries.

Nguyen Gia Tri, Les Villageois, lacquer on wood panel (six-panel folding screen), 1939, sold for HKD 6,120,000 at Sotheby's Hong Kong, Modern Art Evening Sale on 30 September 2018, Lot 1043