€10.5 M for Asia at Drouot

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€3M Indochina, 19th century, dragon's head in bronze with brown patina, 40 x 45 cm.
Paris, Drouot, 17 December, Tessier Sarrou & Associés auction house.

This new edition of Asia Week in Paris ended with a splendid harvest. The highest hammer prices were garnered at Drouot, acclaiming, at €762,500, a gilt bronze statue of a Guanyin from the Dali kingdom with Paris Enchères-Collin du Bocage, and at  €667,120, a Qianlong period white jade lidded vase with Aguttes. A surprise guest with Tessier Sarrou, Vietnam far from disappointed its hosts thanks to a 19th century Indochinese bronze dragon's head, which fetched €3 million after an extremely modest estimate of €20,000/30,000, becoming the most expensive object from this region ever sold at auction. Its success was partly due to the rarity of Vietnamese works of this importance in the market, and partly to the bronze's very provenance: it featured in the catalogue as one of fifty lots from the collection of Robert de Semallé (1849-1936), Secretary to the Embassy in China, who brought back a large work, numerous photographs and various objets d'art from his time there.
 

€762,500 Kingdom of Dali, 12th century, rare Acuoye Guanyin statue in gilt bronze, 45.5 x 11 x 6.5 cm.Paris, Drouot, 12 December, Paris Enchères-Colli
€762,500 Kingdom of Dali, 12th century, rare Acuoye Guanyin statue in gilt bronze, 45.5 x 11 x 6.5 cm.
Paris, Drouot, 12 December, Paris Enchères-Collin du Bocage auction house.
 
€429,000 China, 19th century, wooden brush-holder with carved low-relief decoration of flowering cherry branches and poems, h. 25.5, diam. 30.5 cm.Par
€429,000 China, 19th century, wooden brush-holder with carved low-relief decoration of flowering cherry branches and poems, h. 25.5, diam. 30.5 cm.
Paris, Drouot, 12 December, Leclere auction house.
 
€667,120 China, Qianlong period, 18th century, lidded vase in white jade, handle formed by a chilong carved in the round, phoenix in high relief, h. 2
€667,120 China, Qianlong period, 18th century, lidded vase in white jade, handle formed by a chilong carved in the round, phoenix in high relief, h. 26 cm.
Paris, Drouot, 10 December, Aguttes auction house.
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