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Red and Gold for Vietnam, Blue and White for China

Published on , by Christophe Provot

A cabinet by Lê Quoc Loc fetched the highest bid, followed by ancient Chinese ceramics, which are still in demand.

Lê Quoc Loc (1918–1987), polychrome lacquered wood cabinet with gold highlights opening... Red and Gold for Vietnam, Blue and White for China

Lê Quoc Loc (1918–1987), polychrome lacquered wood cabinet with gold highlights opening with two doors revealing seven compartments and three drawers, interior and base with black lacquered volutes enhanced with gold, 196 x 130 x 51 cm/77.16 x 51.18 x 20.08 in.
Result: €412,416

All eyes were on a polychrome lacquered wood cabinet with gold highlights by the highly sought-after Lê Quoc Loc (1918-1987). The piece shattered its high estimate and returned to Vietnam for €412,416. The ornate decoration and the popularity of the artist, now deemed one of Vietnam’s greatest master lacquerers, pushed the bidding up to six figures. Fields, a tree-lined stream, rice paddies and, in the background, thatched cottages framed by mountains paint a flamboyant portrait of Vietnam of the past. The cabinet set the record for the second-highest price ever fetched by the artist (source: Artnet). A folding screen holds first place. Despite some missing pieces, breaks in the enamel and scratches, a large blue and white porcelain jar (h. 38.5 cm/15.16 in) also unleashed passions, fetching €233,784, many times over its €4,000/6,000 estimate. Dated to the Yuan dynasty (1271–1368), it is an example of guan, one of the five categories of Chinese classical ceramics.

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