Masterpieces from Vietnam’s Golden Era: The Princely Collection of Nguyễn Phúc Bửu Lộc

Paris | 7 November 2023

This November, Sotheby’s Paris will offer a private collection of rare and extraordinary works by the most coveted artists and objects from a golden era of Vietnamese art. The pieces hail from the personal collection of notable Vietnamese patron of the arts, Prince Nguyễn Phúc Bửu Lộc (1914-1990), a scholarly collector who befriended the artists he admired and lived surrounded by his art. Together the artworks in the collection reflect a prevailingpassion for Vietnam and its traditions, a nostalgic desire for harmony and the fruits of lifelong friendships with artists.

The auction, titled Magnificence and Regality will offer works produced between around 1935 and 1970 in various media, including delicately painted silk masterpieces, magnificent lacquer screens and exceptional examples of Vietnamese modern art and as well as Chinese works of art from the Qing dynasty. The fine art collection includes works by three pioneering artists – Lê Phổ, Vũ Cao Đàm and Nguyễn Tường Lân – who helped establish a new canon of Vietnamese art, elevating traditional crafts to modern forms of expression. The auction will be preceded by a public exhibition in Sotheby’s Paris galleries, from 3 – 6 November.

Subtitles available in Traditional Chinese and Vietnamese

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