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    Qing Dynasty porcelain vase sells for $1,279,824 at Sotheby's Asian Art Sale in Paris

    Date: 14 Jun 2013 | | Views: 1673

    Source: ArtDaily

    PARIS - 'Today's results show once again that Asian clients are always present in Paris for objects with ancient provenance that have been selected with care and come fresh to the market with attractive estimates' was the conclusion drawn by Caroline Schulten, Head of the Asian Art Department, after Sotheby's two-session sale of Asian art in Paris on June 12.

    As at the corresponding Asian sale in June 2012, the top bid went to a Qing Dynasty, Yuhuchunping copper-red decorated porcelain vase, with the Yonghzheng hallmark, that fetched ˆ961,500/$1,279,824 (lot 70, est. ˆ30,000-40,000)*.

    A rare Song Dynasty yellow jade carving of a mythical creature from the former collection of Professor Klaus J. Mueller (1923-2010) posted the sale's secondhighest price of ˆ781,500/$1,040,231 (lot 97, est. ˆ12,000-15,000).

    Other jades were keenly contested during both sessions. A part-gilded Qianlong celadon jade Bodhisattva (1736-95) embellished with gold jewels, wearing a crown incrusted with pietradura, took ˆ253,500/$337,426 (lot 64, est. ˆ30,000-40,000); a jade book with sandalwood covers of the same period hit a triple-estimate ˆ361,500/$481,182 (lot 182, est. ˆ80,000-120,000); and an exquisite Praying Mantis in white jade obtained ˆ61,500/$81,861 (lot 113, est. ˆ12,000-15,000).

    Works from the Buddhist world were also in high demand, with a rare Ming Dynasty gilt-bronze figure of Avalokitesvara with the Xuande hallmark (1426-35) soaring to ˆ289,500/$385,345 (lot 18, est. ˆ80,000-120,000). From a major ensemble of giltbronze figures collected in the 1930s and consigned from a Danish private collection, a rare, late 17th century Nepalese figure of Avalokitesvara Padmapani led the way on ˆ217,500/$289,508 (lot 157, est. ˆ80,000-120,000).

    Buddhist paintings are also creating more and more saleroom interest. A superb array of thangkas from the collection of the Belgian Sinophile Willem van Heusden (1913-2009) provoked fierce bidding, with an 18th century depiction of Tsongkapa more than doubling top-estimate on ˆ27,500/$36,604 (lot 152, est. ˆ8,000-12,000).

    An 18th century Qing Dynasty thangka depicting a young monk, from a private French collection, raced to ˆ133,500/$177,698 (lot 234, ˆ50,000-70,000).

    Finally, the Literati highlight was a superbly carved Qianlong ivory brushpot that powered its way to ˆ181,500/$241,589 (lot 77, est. ˆ50,000-70,000).

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