Paris – Christie’s presents its new Art d’Asie sale, which will take place on 16 December at 10:30am in Paris, where it will close the auction season. The sale will feature 196 lots with an overall estimate of €3.5 million to €5.2 million. The sale includes a selection of works from major French and European collections. The quality of the works auctioned during the sale is in itself a tribute to great European collectors. The top lot of the sale, a rare and important gilt bronze Buddhist triad from China, Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century, from a European collection is a perfect illustration of this quality (lot 91- €200,000-300,000).
The sale opens with a focus on painting, with a selection of 40 works and featuring two important private collections. Highlight of this section is a rare and important 18th century Chinese imperial ritual painting bearing the signature of Prince Zhuang (lot 28 – €60,000-80,000).
The sale also features five works from the painting collection of Chinese economist Wang Zuo, a highly respected scholar, collector and author of a book about the painter Li Keran (lots 35-39).
Among the fine collections in this sale: the Schroder Collection, a London-based banking family already represented in our July sale (lots 48-51), the Comte & Comtesse Jean-Jacques de Flers Collection, whose contemporary art collection was auctioned at Christie’s in September (lots 157-165) and from the Marx Collection of Chinese Art, lot 132, a rare Ming dynasty Jiajing (1522-1566) porcelain jar (€60,000-100,000).
Further fine pieces from European collections include a beautiful 18th century huanghuali armchair acquired from famous dealer Ching Tsai Loo (lot 72 – €80,000-120,000), a beautiful Qianlong period lacquer box announcing the spring (lot 79 – €30,000-50,000) a rare sculpture of Xiwangmu goddessdated from the Jiajing period in 1535 (lot 93 – €30,000-50,000) or a large blue-white porcelain jardinière from the Wanli period (1573-1619 – lot 125 – €40,000-60,000).
16 December at 10:30am – Paris
9, Avenue Matignon – 75008 Paris.