Asian art past and present

On 14 October 2020, by Claire Papon

"Traversées" ("Crossings") is the title of this Asian art sale, which creates a dialogue between not only countries but also ancient and modern works…

Japan, Heian period (c. 11th century), torso of Buddha in wood, h. 80 cm.
Estimate: €80,000/90,000

Some 150 lots provide a marvellous overview of the decorative and graphic arts of Japan, China, Korea, Pakistan, Thailand, Tibet and Burma. Ancient stoneware Korean bowls with minimalist aesthetics and forms (estimates from €200 to €2,000) rub shoulders with an ink and wash abstraction on silk by contemporary Chinese artist Bo Yun (€2,000/2,500), while two 18th-century portraits of a gardener and a monk (ink and colours on paper) share the spotlight with lotus-decorated bowls from the Qing dynasty period (€1,500/2,000). A torso of a Buddha garbed in a monk's robe with wave-like drapery characteristic of the Heian period (794-1185) might well see its quality, age and size acclaimed with €80,000/90,000 (see photo). A powerful head of the god Bhairava (Nepal, 16th/17th century), with bristling hair and eyebrows and a flourishing beard, will need around €30,000. It is followed by Wang Keping's Woman standing in wood, executed in the 2000s. €15,000/20,000 are expected for the work of this sculptor, who moved to France after being forced into exile as a member of the Stars Art Group, a protest movement that arose in Beijing in the 1970s.

Friday 23 October 2020 - 14:00 - Live
Salle 5 - Drouot-Richelieu - 9, rue Drouot - 75009
Auction Art Rémy Le Fur & Associés
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