Sotheby’s upcoming auction Arts d'Asie to be held in Paris features Buddhist art and a 15th-century gilt-bronze group of Yamantaka Vajrabhairava and Vajravetali set on an Imperial throne of Qianlong date.
Part of a French private collection, this ensemble was last seen on the art market in the year 1955. The sale also features an Imperial thangka of a Vajrāmrita Mandala that was commissioned by Prince Yintao the twelfth son of the Kangxi emperor, between 1740 and 1763. It is the second thangka from this series to be up for auction and belonged to an Italian collection passed down from one generation to another from the early 1900s. Another imperial collection to go under the hammer will be an album of 36 views of the Mountain Estate at Rehol, Chengde, by Matteo Ripa. These were commissioned by the Kangxi emperor between 1711 and 1714 and few are found in western collections. Apart from these, a selection of Chinese paintings by artists such as Lin Fengmian and Qi Baish will also be up for sale.
Sotheby’s has been in the art market since 1744 and became the first international auction house as it expanded its operations from London to New York in 1955. It was the first to conduct sales in Hong Kong in the year 1973, followed by India in 1992, and France in 2001. Sotheby’s was also the first to open an international fine art auction house in China in 2012. It conducts auctions in 10 different salesrooms, including New York, London, Hong Kong, and Paris. Sotheby’s has a global network of 80 offices in 40 countries and is the oldest company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (BID).
The lots will be on view from December 9 through December 11, 2017, at Sotheby’s, 76, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré CS 10010, 75384 PARIS CEDEX 08, France. The auction will take place on December 12, 2017, at 10:30 AM CET, Paris.
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