Collection 2016

Soapstone figure of Luohan SOLD

Height: 10.5cm

China, Qing Dynasty, late 17th early 18th century

Figure of a man is depicted with a very typical, smiling and serene expression. He is positioned on a red pierced base, holding two longevity peaches in his left hand. Very fine carving and detailing of the clothing together with a wise use of the natural stone color, assemble together nicely with the pair of fruits carved out of a red area of the stone. The robe of the figure is carved out in a light beige, yellowish color. A similar sculpture on display at the Metropolitan Museum in New York in gallery 219, under the accession number 2013.167 Read More

Polychrome ivory figure of a standing Luohan SOLD

Height: 34cm

China, Qing dynasty, late 19th to early 20th century

Finely carved and tinted ivory enhanced with fine black paint depicting motives on the clothes. Shown playing drum and smiling, on a very typical silver wire inlaid zitan base with green tinted ivory carved balusters, the top part of the stand adorned with cloisonné enamel contour. There is a complete set of eighteen “luohans” with similar characteristics and polychrome detailing (without stands) in the collection of the San Francisco Asian Art Museum in California.

Stucco head of Buddha Shakyamuni

Height: 22cm

Pakistan, ancient region of Gandhara, 4th to 5th century

Exquisite serene expression with almond shaped eyes, aquiline nose and slightly smiling fleshy mouth. Figure exhibits elongated earlobes, and the hairline is rendered by undulating locks with traces of polychromy and is surmounted by an ushnisha. The surface finely polished. A similar stucco head of Buddha is present in the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) under the accession number M.55.1

Archaic bronze ritual wine vesselSOLD

Height: 22cm

China, Late Shang to early Western Zhou dynasty, 12th to 10th century BC.

The elongated body is surmounted by a trumpet neck with a flared mouth. The patina consists of a rich greenish tone with areas of malachite encrustation. Rich decor of taotie masks are present along the central part of the body, along with long wings covered with leiwen. The interior of the mouth is cast with a two character inscription.

Gilt lacquer bronze figure of a Guanyin

Height: 19cm

China, Ming dynasty, 16th century

Modeled figure is seated with both hands joined in the dhyana mudra, a dhoti tied above the waist; a simple triangle diadem beneath a cowl secures hair. The face has a very calm and contemplative expression. Areas of gilt lacquer are partly missing revealing a rich ruby red patina untertone.

Gilt bronze group of Zhong Kui and attendant SOLD

Height: 21cm

China, Ming dynasty, 17th century

Finished in solid plain casting, both figures standing on a rectangular base, Zhong Kui the vanquisher of ghost and evil beings in Chinese Mythology is holding a sword in his back and leaning onto a demon-like attendant. There is excellent detailing of the facial expressions for both the drunken demon killer and the excited demon.

Cloisonné tripod beehive water pot SOLD

Diameter: 12.2cm

China, Ming dynasty, 16th century

Flanked with three round gilt bronze feet and decorated with lotus flowers in different tones on a turquoise ground. An intricate wood base encloses the carved wood top, enhancing the allure of the piece. According to a letter found inside, the piece was gifted in 1921 as a gesture of gratitude between two friends. Previously acquired by Leon Wannieck in Paris (according to label underneath).

Three straw glazed pottery figures of ladies SOLD

Height: 21.5cm, 21cm & 13.2cm

China, Sui dynasty, 6th to 7th century

One of figures standing, dancing with the arms balancing, the other standing figure with large amounts of polychromatic remains, depicted as an attendant and the third figure kneeling and resting on a wooden base. There is an ancient Chinese inscription underneath each figure. A similar pottery figure described as “standing female attendant'” in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York under the accession number 23.180.10

Grey schist figure of a standing Bodhisattva

Height: 51cm

Pakistan, ancient region of Gandhara, Kushan period, 2nd to 3rd century

Beautiful expression and excellent rendition of the falling sanghati or Buddhist monastic robe, the torso is decorated with highly elaborate jewelry, representing the spiritual richness of the bodhisattva.Following the conquests of Alexander the Great around 330 BC, an era of Greco-Bactrian and Greco-Indian kingdoms ruled in modern Afghanistan and Pakistan, leading to the establishment of the Buddhist Kushan empire in the ancient region of Gandhara.The Kushan period during which the present sculpture was executed is widely considered the golden age of the Greco-Buddhist art of Gandhara. A similar standing sculpture of a bodhisattva in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York under the accession number 13.96.15

Rare blue and white baluster vase SOLD

Height: 42cm

China, Kangxi period, 17th century

The exterior finely painted with figures in a palace scene. Beautiful depiction of clouds and sunshine scene aside the place. The neck ornated with flowers and branches.