The Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Evening sale features artworks by some of the region’s pioneering figures and sought-after contemporary voices. Following the record breaking results in July this year, the October auction includes spectacular silk pieces by Vietnamese masters Le Pho, Mai Trung Thu and a magnificent lacquer screen by Pham Hau. Other fresh-to-market highlights capture the spirit of local life in the artist’s signature styles, including Sudjana Kerton’s Indonesian Village Life, Cheong Soo Pieng’s Going to Market and Hendra Gunawan’s Duck Vendors.
Three works from the collection of a prominent collector lead the contemporary section of the sale, including a striking Handiwirman Saputra painting executed in 2012. Sotheby's is honoured to present three works by Adrien Jean Le Mayeur de Merprès from a single owner grouping, which represent a culmination of two decades of collecting and reveal the beauty of Bali and the artist’s riveting legacy in Southeast Asian art history. Please click here to view the full catalogue PDF.
Nostalgic Scenes of Vietnam
Lacquer on wood panel, in 6 parts
Each: 155.5 by 35.5 cm; 61 1/4 by 14 in. (6)
Overall: 155.5 by 213 cm; 61 1/4 by 84 in.
Estimate: 2,000,000 – 3,000,000 HKD
“I create objects from things that have been treated in a particular way, or things that 'are experienced.' These things could really be anything that humans have experienced interaction with people, technology or nature.”
Caught in a dramatic, almost tangled pose, the duck vendor is both tending to her child’s needs, breastfeeding, while catering to her customers. Hendra employs a kaleidoscopic palette pinks, oranges and turquoise to paint the colour of her skin, while the patterns on her batik kabaya further accentuate her bodily curves and elongated features.
"You will understand my paintings wherever you may see them. For everything in this little paradise which I created for myself was made to be painted."