Dating bronze sculptures

A bronze figure of Sakyamuni Buddha, China, circa 17th century.

19.5cm high, estimate £1,500 – £1,800, sold for £7,200.

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The incomplete inscription reads: ‘bada darash gosh[adeh] (? ) » Condition: White overglaze to calligraphy and border now missing, various minor chips and firing faults, small areas of filling and retouching mostly on left edge. Photo courtesy Arthur Millner Underglaze cobalt painted fritware, each of square form, with diagonal split palmette motif, interwoven with stylised lotuses; 19.5cm approx square each (3) A pair of rare Green-Ground Famille-Rose Bottle Vases, Qianlong Seal Marks and Period, tripled the pre-sale low estimate to bring £782,500 / $1,248,948 (est. The auction took place during ‘Asian Art In London’, the annual ten-day celebration of the finest Asian art.

Three Dome of the Rock tiles, Ottoman Palestine or Syria, 16th century. Robert Bradlow, Head of Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, Sotheby’s London, commented: “There was a tremendous buzz in the saleroom today – seats were filled with collectors who had made the trip to London to discover all that ‘Asian Art In London’ has to offer and partake in our sales.

Rounding out the jade offerings are a rare pair of carved coins (Est. Gilt bronze Bodhisattva, probably Tibet, 19th century or earlier. Provenance: from a private California collection The choice cloisonne collection starts the session: a large moon flask with a beautiful wooded landscape and animals has an impressive mark on the base and may sell for $8,000 – $12,000; and a 19th Century tripod censer with Buddhist and lotus blossom patterns and a four character mark on the base should fetch $6,000 – $8,000. Gilt rim, conforming foot and dragon handles applied at neck. Gilt rim and handles and a pierce-carved wooden lid with coral finial. Garth’s main gallery is located at 2960 Stratford Road, Delaware, Ohio.

An incised six character mark « Ban Ruo Pin » on the back base. A 19th Century Tibetan Bodhisattva is seated on an exuberantly carved throne and should sell between $20,000 – $30,000. Blue globular body with Buddhist and lotus blossom patterns, raised on three conical feet. Garth’s catalogs are available for purchase by mail or may be browsed for free online at

A similar bidri talismanic bowl is in the Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan Collection, Geneva, see Mark Zebrowski, Gold, Silver and Bronze from Mughal India, fig. Condition: Very small loss to inlay, otherwise good. Photo courtesy Arthur Millner Blue and turquoise glazed terracotta, of rectangular form, inscribed in a cartouche in nastaliq.

A Mughal Cuerda Seca tile, Probably Lahore, Punjab, India (now Pakistan), 17th century. 24 x 33 x 3.4cm Private collection, France, acquired at the Drouot salerooms before 1999. LONDON.- Sotheby’s Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art sale brought a total of £8,912,000 / ,224,443.

Estimated at 0,000 – 0,000, the vase exemplifies the highest quality craftsmanship and material available in the 18th and early 19th Centuries. White jadeite with lavender and apple green accents. Arthur Millner’s Islamic, Indian, Himalayan and South-East Asian Art was most comprehensive since his first online auction at 25 Blythe Road in April 2013, with over 400 lots.

Rare white nephrite jade archaic covered vase, 18th-19th century. Included were a large selection of Himalayan, Indian and Asian bronzes with some very good prices achieved. This Nepalese gilt bronze figure of Vajradhara, dating from the 15/16th century, sold to a Chinese buyer for £28,800 against an estimate of £3,000 – £5,000.

Six character: » Da Qing Qian Long Nian Jin Zhi » above four incised characters: » Wu Liang Shou Fo » on bottom edge.


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