*Please note Important Chinese Art will starts at 2:30PM HKT.
he Important Chinese Art auction is a tightly curated assemblage with a focus on fine and rare imperial porcelain and works of art from the Ming and Qing dynasties. The sale will present a fine selection of Yongzheng and Qianlong porcelain, led by an exquisite Yongzheng period famille-rose bowl superbly enamelled with peaches and bats. Other highlights include a magnificent Song dynasty gilt-bronze figure of bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, an extremely rare Chenghua period yuhuchunping vase delicately painted with lotus blooms, and an outstanding large yellow jade double vase powerfully carved with chilong.
25,000,000 - 35,000,000HKD
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This magnificent gilt-bronze sculpture is extremely rare, and at over 60cm high, of unusually large size. Only one other comparable example is recorded, in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, from the Avery Brundage collection.
It originates from a period when the image of Avalokiteshvara had not yet turned sweet and feminine, and although the basic facial features suggest a woman’s face, the addition of small curls to indicate beard and moustache are an unmistakeable effort to counterbalance this effect. This way of representing Avalokiteshvara is characteristic of Tang painting created at Dunhuang in Gansu province.
The present figure is modelled with multiple heads, together with an eye on the forehead and hands, showing a Bodhisattva image popular in the Five Dynasties to the early Northern Song period.
It is highly unusual to find a Bodhisattva figure wearing a dragon-decorated robe, detailed with boneless beasts with the heads almost dissolved into a cloud motif, terminating in three-clawed feet with nails not yet set off at an angle. Similar depiction of dragons can be seen on Song dynasty Dingyao wares.
AN EXTREMELY RARE AND IMPORTANT MASSIVE GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF BODHISATTVA, AVALOKITESHVARA, SONG DYNASTY
Estimate 估價 20,000,000 - 30,000,000 HKD