PARIS.- The top lot of the sale was a gilt-bronze figure of Guhyasadhana Lokeshvara, coming from a Dutch collection, which sold for 910,000 against a presale estimate of 50,000-80,000 (lot 208).
Tiphaine Nicoul, Director of the Asian Art department, and Camille de Foresta, specialist and auctioneer of the sale: We are delighted with these remarkable results which are far beyond our expectations. Strong interest was seen for lots coming from private French and European collections. The packed room demonstrated that international buyers, coming from 18 different countries, have a continuing strong appetite for rarity, quality and fresh to the market Asian works of art such as the magnificent gilt-bronze figure of Guhyasadhana Lokeshvara, which sold for an impressive 910,000, a beautiful imperial yellow embroidered satin dress, coming from a private French collection, which realised 586,000, more than 7 times its presale estimate, a white and russet jade DA JI double-gourd vase and cover which sold for 538,000 and the exceptional ZITAN dragon cabinet from the Qing dynasty sold for 406,000 against a presale estimate of 120,000-150,000.
Further highlights included the highly-anticipated crystal rock deer coming from the former collection of Coco Chanel which price flew up to 162,500 against a presale estimate of 2,000-3,000.
Zheng Ma, Asian art specialist: A year after the sale of the biscuit monkey, coming from the same prestigious provenance and which realised 112,500, we are delighted to have witnessed another huge success with this poetic rock crystal deer which moved international collectors and admirers of notable collector: Coco Chanel. This amazing result demonstrates that fresh to the market works combined with an important provenance is a continuing key element for collectors.
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SALE
Lot 189: THREE GILT-BRONZE FIGURES OF GUANDI AND TWO ASSISTANTS, CHINA, QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY. Estimate: 30,000-40,000. Sold: 382,000
Lot 152: A CLOISONNE ENAMEL 'MONK'S CAP' EWER AND COVER, CHINA. Estimate: 8,000-12,000. Sold: 322,000
Lot 134: A PALE CELADON JADE FIGURE OF BUDDHA, CHINA, QING DYNASTY (1644-1911). Estimate: 1,500 2,000. Sold: 150,000