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Treasures of Himalayan Art at Fine Art Asia 2017

30 September – 3 October 2017, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

Fine Art Asia 2017, Asia’s leading annual fine art fair, attracts the elite of antiques galleries worldwide. This year’s fair boasts an exceptional offering of Himalayan Art, with the world’s leading galleries showcasing arguably the strongest display ever seen in an international antiques fair. These dealers have supplied important works of art to leading institutions such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Rubin Museum of Art, The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, and the National Palace Museum, Taipei, as well as to highly esteemed private collections worldwide.

 

 

Rossi & Rossi, London / Hong Kong, who stand at the forefront of the global Asian art market, will exhibit rare stone sculptures, bronzes and paintings from China, India, Mongolia, Nepal and Tibet. A highlight is a rare monumental 13th to 14th century bronze sculpture of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara from Nepal. This work would have been an important commission, as evidenced by its fine quality and large size. The figure’s right hand extends downwards, displaying the varadamudra (the open-palmed gesture of generosity). His delicate facial features are composed in a meditative yet compassionate expression, with eyes gently gazing downwards.

Avalokitèshvara
Nepal
13th–14th century
Copper alloy
88.9 cm
Rossi & Rossi, London / Hong Kong

 

 

Rossi & Rossi will also exhibit a number of paintings from China and Tibet, including a 17th-century Sino-Tibetan painting depicting ArhatVanavasin. Here, Vanavasin is shown in his usual iconographic form: making a pointing gesture with his right hand and holding a fly whisk in his left. He is dressed in a red and blue patchwork robe featuring rich brocade patterns. To his right stands a lay attendant holding a scholars’ rock, and at the top centre of the composition is the Buddhist meditational deity, White Tara. The set of paintings to which this work belongs was almost certainly based on an earlier group of Chinese imperial workshop paintings dating from the Yongleperiod (1403–25).

ArhatVanavasin
17th century
Distemper on cotton, with
silk and gold thread brocade
H.101.5 x W. 59.5cm
Rossi & Rossi, London / Hong Kong

Carlton Rochell Asian Art, New York returns with Buddhist masterworks from Tibet and Nepal. World-renowned dealer and connoisseur Mr Rochell relocated to Hong Kong for several years in early 1997, when he was appointed Sotheby’s Managing Director of China and Southeast Asia.


A highlight of his exhibition at Fine Art Asia 2017 is an exceptional, monumental 12th century gilded bronze sculpture of Bodhisattva Manjusri from Nepal depicting the Buddhist god of wisdom as a prince, his youthful body adorned with fabulous jewellery and clothed in a short, floral-patterned dhoti. One of the finest of all Nepalese bronzes depicting the bodhisattva, this figure highlights the transcendent qualities of Newar artists, and was once a cornerstone of the collection of George Ortiz, one of the most important art collectors of the 20th century.

 

Bodhisattva Manjusri
Nepal, 12th century
Copper alloy with gilding, semi-precious stones, and pigment
H. 91.2 cm
Carlton Rochell Asian Art, New York
 
 

Also shown will be a late 17th century thangka from Eastern Tibet depicting Scenes of Milarepa’s Life. The central image of Milarepa, one of the most beloved and best-known figures in Tibetan Buddhism, holds his right hand to his ear – a common gesture associated with Tibetan singers – and is clad in his characteristic white robes. He sits on a modest throne in the midst of a lush green landscape of rolling hills. Published and exhibited in Artful Beneficence, Selections from the David R. Nalin Himalayan Art Collection at the Rubin Art Museum in New York, this superbly painted thangka is one of the finest examples of its type.

 

Very fine thangka depicting scenes of Milarepa’s life
Eastern Tibet, late 17th century
H. 105.4 x W. 61.6 cm
Carlton Rochell Asian Art, New York
 

Walter Arader Asian Art, New York, will participate in Fine Art Asia 2017 for the fourth year in a row. Respected scholar and dealer, Mr Arader holds a Masters in Tibetan And Himalayan studies from the University of Oxford. His thesis was guided by Dr. Ulrike Roesler, Lecturer in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies at the University of Oxford and Jeff Watt the founding curator of the Rubin Museum Art and Director of Himalayan Art Resources.

The primary focus of the gallery is sculpture and painting of Tibetan, Chinese, Indian, and Nepalese origin dating from the 8-18th centuries. Highlights of his exhibition include a Tibetan statue of Maitreya, and a spectacular eleven-faced Avalokitesvara, Tsang Provenance, Tibet, both dating from the 15th century.

 
 

Eleven-faced Avalokitesvara
Tibet, Tsang Provenance
15th century
H.30.5 cm
Water Arader Asian Art, New York

 

Maitreya
Tibet
15th century
H.21.5 cm
Walter Arader Asian Art, New York

Tenzing Asian Art, San Francisco returns to Fine Art Asia for the third year in a row with Buddhist bronzes and paintings from the Himalayas. Director Iwona Tenzing established Tenzing Asian Art in 2006. She handles iconic works of art from renowned collections and provides professional curatorial guidance to private collectors across the country. Tenzing draws upon 25 years of experience organizing exhibitions, acquiring and selling sculptures, paintings, and decorative arts from South Asia.

Highlights at this year’s fair include a gilt copper vajrafrom Nalanda, India, from the 8-9th century, and a stunning statue depicting the female aspect of Vajrasattva from Kashmir, dating from the 11th century, made of silver with gold and copper inlay.

 
 

Vajra
Nalanda, India, 8-9th century
Gilt copper
L. 23 cm
Tenzing Asian Art, San Francisco

 

Female aspect of Vajrasattva
Kashmir, 11th century
Silver with gold and copper inlay
H. 11 cm
Tenzing Asian Art, San Francisco

Barrère Hong Kong returns to Fine Art Asia 2017 for the third consecutive year with fine examples of Buddhist sculpture. Founded in 1969, Galerie Jacques Barrère is located in the heart of Paris, in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district.The gallery specialises in Chinese sculpture, archaeology, ceramics and decorative arts. Barrère Hong Kong was founded in 2013 to serve better Asian collectors and to promote and preserve Far Eastern art. Highlights include a Tang Dynasty Head of Buddha in white marble, and a Ming Dynasty gilt bronze luohan.

 
 

Head of Buddha
Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 AD)
White marble with traces of polychromy
H. 31 x W. 24 x D. 16 cm
Barrère Hong Kong

 

Luohan
Ming Dynasty, 15th century
Gilt bronze
H. 5 x W. 5.5 x D. 3 cm
Barrère Hong Kong

Jacques How Asian Art, Brussels, is also exhibiting at Fine Art Asia 2017 for the third consecutive year, showcasing Buddhist art from India, the Himalayas and China. Jacques How Choong has been collecting and dealing in Chinese and Southeast Asian art for many years, specialising in particular in rare early Buddhist art (with a focus on Dali Kingdom sculpture), "Barbarian kingdoms" (Dian, Ordos) as well as archaic works of art. Several museums, institutions, dealers and private collectors are among his clientele.

Highlights of his exhibition will be a 10/11th century sculpture of the Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha, from the Dali Kingdom of Yunnan; and a crowned Buddha from the Pala period in India, also 10/11th centuy.
 
 

Sculpture of the Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha
Dali Kingdom, Yunnan, 10/11th century
Copper alloy with traces of gilt
H. 26.7 cm
Jacques How Asian Art, Brussels

 

Crowned Buddha
India (Bihar), Pala period, 10/11thcentury
Kurkihar style
Bronze with silver inlay
H.13.3 cm
Jacques How Asian Art, Brussel

Jeremy Pine, Hong Kong, exhibiting for the first time at Fine Art Asia 2017, will present rare antiquities from the Royal Tang-Tubo Collection, from the mid-7th century in Tibet.

The Four Kings Stem Cup is one of three gold vessels from the collection which will be on display at Fine Art Asia 2017. The four figures around the cup depict the kings of the four countries surrounding Tibet, namely China, India, Persia and Khotan. Evidence points to the cup having belonged to the Tibetan King SongtsenGompo, who established treaties with these four countries.

Another of the vessels is a life-size and lifelike gold rooster ewer. Tibetans were known to have made such ewers in the mid-7th century, and even presented Emperor Taizong with a seven-foot tall gold ewer in the form of a goose. Thisgold rooster ewer is the only surviving example of this type of vessel which was probably used for wine. Wine was poured in through an opening cleverly concealed between the tail feathers, and poured out through a spout between the rooster's wattles. The rooster is all repoussé over a solid gold flask within. In Tibet, as in China, only the Royal House could use pure gold utensils.
 
 

The Four Kings Cup
Tang-Tubo period, mid-7th century
Tibet
Gold
H. 11 cm, D. 9.7 cm, W. 335 g.
Jeremy Pine, Hong Kong

 

Gold rooster ewer
Tang-Tubo period, mid-7th century
Tibet
H. 25.4 cm, L. 30.48 cm, W. 1,059.4 g
Jeremy Pine, Hong Kong

 

 

These superb exhibitions of Himalayan art at Fine Art Asia 2017 are expected to attract collectors and connoisseurs from all over the world.

“Himalayan Buddhist art has been commanding unprecedented prices in Hong Kong and mainland China, and the market is dynamic and exciting,” said Carlton Rochell. Our 15th anniversary exhibitions of masterpieces from well-known private collections at Fine Art Asia 2017 will have many temptations for Chinese collectors of Nepalese, Tibetan, and Indian art. There’s a new generation of collectors who treasure one-of-a-kind rarities of great beauty and who understand that these artworks have spiritual significance as well as extraordinary artistic value.”

 

 

Fair Organiser

Art and Antique International Fair Ltd (AAIF) is the pioneer of art fairs in Hong Kong. Founded in 2006 by well-known antique Chinese furniture dealer Andy Hei to provide a vibrant new platform for the art world in Asia and worldwide, the inaugural edition of Fine Art Asia was the first international art fair in Hong Kong in more than a decade.

In 2011, Asian contemporary art collector and promoter Calvin Hui joined Fine Art Asia as Co-Chairman and Director, sharing his knowledge of the Asian art market and his public relations network to enhance and continue the expansion of the fair.

AAIF has successfully organised 12 fairs in Hong Kong to date. Fine Art Asia is recognised worldwide as a home-grown, Hong Kong based art enterprise, which has gained a reputation for quality and value in the international art world.

 

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