The piece is the first canvas work by Nam Son to ever appear on the market, and Sotheby’s is pleased to bring this fresh work of art to the international stage. An artist who drew on Chinese, French and Vietnamese influences within his work, Nam Son’s early education was in Chinese characters which undoubtedly contributed to his love for drawing. Still Life is a technically skilled study that features a traditional Vietnamese lacquer wedding box executed in a rich, red hue filled with compartmentalized sweets. The table is replete with metal and wooden tableware, and atop a tray lays four traditional Vietnamese teacups. In Vietnamese culture, the ritual of serving and drinking tea is an old age custom that spans across all social classes. As the central focus of the piece, the depiction of a wedding box juxtaposed so closely to the tea set is suggestive of their position as sacred objects that bear both ceremonial and ritualistic connotations.
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