Curious Sculptures Come to Life in a Film Inspired by a Mysterious 19th-Century Novel


Inspired by the strangest novel of the 19th century, Sotheby’s Asia Chairman Nicolas Chow has created another of his experimental short-films featuring highlights from our upcoming auction Curiosity V (Hong Kong | 2 April). Written in 1891, Léon Genonceaux’s novel ‘The Tutu’ was lost for over half a century before being rediscovered in the 1960s. The mysterious and scandalous story was intended as a critique of fin-de-siècle morality. Sotheby’s Curiosity sale presents masterpieces from across time and geographical space, from Ice Age Siberia to Bronze Age China, Ancient Egypt and Medieval Europe. Here, Chow brings to life a passage from ‘The Tutu’ using a superb stone head of a bishop and an array of sculptures from the sale.

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