A selection of important works of art sold to museums and significant private collections.
Thailand, Sukhothai, first half of the 15th century
Bronze; height: 73.5cm.
This fine casting of the historical Buddha Sakyamuni reveals the high technical skill and artistic refinement of Sukhothai masters, showcasing well-balanced proportions, pure lines and a radiating energy. The Sukhothai kingdom, covering most of present day Thailand, was established in the 13th century and ruled until the beginning of the 15th. Few works of art remain of this glorious period and only six dated images of the Sukhothai style are known to this day. Classic Sukhothai characteristics – all seen in the present sculpture – are large curls, pronounced ears, the lines of the eyebrows flowing into the fine bridge of the Buddha’s nose, a shawl draped over the left shoulder, elegant hands with fingers of different lengths, and a smooth polished surface.
Sold to the Metropolitan Museum, New York
Sri Lanka, ca. 1500
Dolomite, traces of polychromy
Height: 72.5cm., length: 145cm.
The Chola Empire (ca.850-1250) was a time of economic and political growth, artistic refinement, major architectural projects and innovation. In this climate this graceful Parvati was cast in bronze and used for devotion. Parvati is the consort of Shiva and regarded as the principal female deity in Hinduism. This sculpture shows the deity with artistic finesse and is a superb example of early Chola art. The finely modelled embellishments, well-balanced proportions and lively pose add to powerful impression of this exceptional sculpture. In addition, the bronze has been selected as the cover for the publication of ‘Cast for Eternity’.
Sold to a private collection, Belgium
Tibet, 14th century
Bronze; height: 51.5cm.
Vajrasattva was venerated as the primordial Buddha in the cult of Ka-Dam-Pa originated by the Indian guru Artisa in the 11th century. The sculpture is entirely adorned with fine decorations, including sophisticated necklaces, bracelets and anklets. The detailed three-leafed crown, the large circular earrings, and the engraved geometric designs on Vajrasattva’s garment including flower motives are early stylistic designs and support the 14th century dating. This bronze evokes an archaic idealism fitting with earlier Tibetan sculpture. This cosmic Buddha is amongst the most impressive and largest sculptures of Vajrasattva known in Western collections.
Sold to a private collection, Switzerland
Bronze, traces of gilding; height: 38cm.
The Srivijaya kingdom was situated in present-day Indonesia and Thailand, rising in the 7th century and lasting until the 13th. The Sailendra dynasty emerged in the 8th century and was known for its great architectural projects and artistic innovation. Avalokitèshvara, the Boddhisattva of compassion, is standing upright with twelve arms fanning out creating a powerful rhythmic composition. This impressive statue is one of the few bronzes to survive from the Srivijaya Kingdom and is therefore an important sculpture of early Mahayana Buddhism.
Sold to a private collection, USA