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16th November 2017

The Roger Moss Collection - Important Chinese Sculpture 16th November 2017

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The Roger Moss Collection - Important Chinese Sculpture

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Lot 1: A CHINESE STONE HORSE Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD) The recumbent animal with well detailed head facing forward, 39cm long x 24.5cm high x 15cm wide For a similar larger stone reclining horse from the tomb of General Ho Chiu Ping, Shanxi, circa 117BC, see: "Mission Archeologique en Chine" by Segalen-Voisims and Lartigue. For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £800-1200


Lot 2: A CHINESE CARVED STONE PIG Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD) The Recumbent animal facing forward, with naturalistic detail, 42cm long x 17cm high x 14cm wide   For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £1000-2000


Lot 3: A CHINESE CELADON JADE FIGURE OF A DIGNITARY Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD) The standing figure of abstract form, 3.7cm high   For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £1000-2000


Lot 4: A CHINESE BRONZE ARCHAIC VESSEL (HU) Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD) The banded globular body with well-cast taotie mask and ring handles, the surface with attractive colour, 46.5cm high x 39cm wide Hu were vessels for storing wine and originally had lids. They were often made in pairs, or even in sets, to be placed in the tomb of an ancestor.   For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £5000-8000


Lot 5: A CHINESE GREY STONE BUDDHIST TRIAD GROUP Northern Wei Dynasty (AD 386 - 534) The central seated Buddha with head against a lotus nimbus, on a raised and draped dais flanked by bodhisattvas, 33cm high x 37cm wide x 16cm deep, on a base   For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £2000-4000


Lot 6: A CHINESE GREY STONE BUDDHA Northern Wei Dynasty (AD 386 - 534) Representing The Buddha, wearing thin robes with falling pleats and long sleeves, tied on the left shoulder, with the left hand in supplicant mudra, 63cm high x 27cm wide x 16.5cm deep   For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £8000-15000


Lot 7: A CHINESE STONE TORSO Northern Wei Dynasty (AD 386 - 534) The fragmentary bust probably depicting a Bodhisattva, with pendant jewellery, 30cm high x 35cm wide x 11cm deep   For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £4000-6000


Lot 8: A CHINESE STONE STELE Northern Wei Dynasty (AD 386 - 534) The frontal panel with a grouping of Buddha flanked by two bodhisattvas beneath flat foliate carving to the triangulated top, 34.5cm high x 14.5cm wide x 8cm deep Stele such as this were often placed in the courtyards of Buddhist monasteries, in market squares or at a crossroads. Stele were often commissioned by charitable societies.   For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £12000-18000


Lot 9: A CHINESE STONE BUDDHIST STELE Northern Wei Dynasty (AD 386 - 534) The slim rectangular Stele with an upper register with a triad of Shakyamuni Buddha beneath foliage, with further registers (on both sides) of votive figures and further depictions of the Buddha, 190cm high x 31cm wide overall with a rectangular plinth base In the Northern Wei dynasty onwards, donors would commission the carving of Stele such as this example to ensure spiritual merit and protection for themselves. A votive stele honouring Buddha and his bodhisattvas gave hope to donors for rebirth in the Western Paradise.   For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £30000-50000


Lot 10: A CHINESE STONE VOTIVE STELE Northern Wei Dynasty (AD 386 - 534) The panel of tapering rectangular section, each side with between three and five horizontal registers of Buddhist figures of varying size, 60cm high x 19cm wide x 14cm deep   For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £3000-5000


Lot 11: AN IMPORTANT CHINESE GREY STONE FIGURE OF BUDDHA Northern Wei Dynasty (AD 386 - 534) The Deity depicted seated with Dhyana Mudra wearing robes falling loosely around the body, with contemplative gaze, on an integral dais with seated lions to the angles and figures in arches to the front and on the rear, 44.5cm high x 36cm wide x 19cm deep   For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £30000-50000


Lot 12: A CHINESE LIMESTONE BUDDHA GROUP Northern Wei Dynasty (AD 386 - 534) The Buddha seated on a raised dais against a lotus nimbus, dressed in heavy robes falling below the ankles, flanked by six bodhisattvas (their hands held in diverse mudra poses) raised above standing lions, the integral base with frontal frieze of figures and seated dogs, 34cm high x 20cm wide x 11cm deep For a related Buddhist Stele attributed to the Eastern Wei Dynasty, dated A.D. 536 from the von der Heydt Collection, see "Treasure from the Rietberg Museum", The Asia Society (in associated with John Weatherhill, Inc) 1980, p.133, illustration 50 (Sakyamuni Stele)   For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £8000-15000


Lot 13: AN IMPORTANT CHINESE STONE BUDDHIST TRIAD GROUP Northern Wei Dynasty (AD 386 - 534) The central figure of Buddha with dhyana mudra, dressed in folded robes, framed by a figurative nimbus, flanked by two bodhisattvas fronted by seated lions, the whole group backed by an aureole carved with further Buddhist figures and flame motifs, the base with further figures in arches, the reverse of the piece with five horizontal registers of figures, depicting scenes from the Life of Buddha, 46cm high x 32.5cm wide x 20.5cm deep. The Northern Wei rulers were ardent supporters of Buddhism, a "foreign" religion, and many sculptural images were made after Indian models. The dynasty was receptive to outside influences - indeed to the influx of foreign immigrants, most of whom were either traders, or Buddhist missionaries from Central Asia   For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £30000-50000


Lot 14: A CHINESE STONE FIGURE OF THE BUDDHA Qi Dynasty (AD 550 - 577) The Deity depicted with serene expression, and wearing light pleated robe, 79cm high x 23cm wide (max) x 11cm deep, on a metal base For a similar example dated to the Northern Qi Dynasty carved in limestone with gilding (148cm) see: "China. Dawn of a Golden Age, 200-750AD", The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Yale University Press) figure 164, page 263.   For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £5000-10000


Lot 15: A CHINESE GREY STONE BUDDHA Northern Qi Dynasty (AD 550 - 577) The standing figure with tightly coiled hair against a lotus nimbus, wearing diaphanous robes attractively pleated, with a fragmentary mandorla, 66cm high x 20cm wide x 9.5cm deep   For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £5000-10000


Lot 16: A CHINESE "PUDDINGSTONE" GUARDIAN LION Northern Qi Dynasty (AD 550 - 577) the open-mouthed beast seated on it's haunches with curling mane, upon integral plinth base, 45.5cm high x 20cm wide x 20cm deep   For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £5000-10000


Lot 17: A CHINESE GREY LIMESTONE BUDDHA Northern Qi Dynasty (AD 550 - 577) The slender figure subtly carved with detail of diaphanous robes falling in sensual pleats around the contours of the body, 73cm high x 30cm wide. An example of this sensitive carving on a Buddhist sculpture of the Northern Qi can be seen in "The Art of Contemplation, Religious Sculpture from Private Collections, National Palace Museum Taipei" 1997, pl. 27   For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £15000-25000


Lot 18: A RARE CHINESE JADE FIGURE OF THE BUDDHA Sui Dynasty (AD 581 - 618) Standing full length in loose fitting robes, detailed hair and long ear lobes, standing barefoot on a lotus dais, 26.7cm high x 7.5cm wide.   For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £5000-8000


Lot 19: A CHINESE MARBLE FIGURE OF AVALOKITESVARA Sui Dynasty (AD 581 - 618) Depicted full length wearing crown and bejewelled robes, with petalled nimbus, 40cm high x 17cm wide x 9cm deep, on metal base Avalokitesvara: personification of Perfect Comparison, aspiring to help all sentient beings be free of suffering.   For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £2000-3000


Lot 20: AN IMPORTANT CHINESE GREY STONE LIDDED STUPA URN Sui Dynasty with cyclical date corresponding to AD 589/AD 590 The petal edged lid with lotus bud finial over tiled "roof" supported by Buddhist figures, similarly detailed to the main body, with inscriptions translating "May blessings be bestowed perpetually   For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £30000-50000


Lot 21: A CHINESE STONE GROUP OF A COUPLE IN AN EMBRACE 29.5cm high x 32cm wide x 18.5cm deep. For a similar stone relief see: "Chinese Sculpture" by Angela Falco Howard, Li Song, Wu Hung & Yang Hong, Yale University and Foreign Language Press, 2006 , Figure 1.59, page 95: "Figures Embracing and Kissing", stone relief from Pengshan County, Sichuan Province, 49cm, from the Palace Museum, Beijing. For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £1500-3000


Lot 22: A CHINESE WHITE POTTERY FIGURE OF AVALOKITESVARA Tang Dynasty (AD 618 - 907) The figure standing full-length in robes and wearing a crown against a nimbus, 19cm high x 4.2cm wide x 2.1cm deep, on a black stand.   For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £2000-3000


Lot 23: A CHINESE WHITE STONE HEAD OF AVALOKITESVARA Tang Dynasty (AD 618 - 907) The face with downcast eyes and soft curved brows, wearing an elaborate crown, enriched with Buddhist figures, 22cm high x 15cm wide x 15.5cm deep, on metal base   For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £3000-6000


Lot 24: A CHINESE STONE BUDDHA HEAD Tang Dynasty (AD 618 - 907) The Deity with serene gaze and tight curling hair, 22cm high x 15cm wide   For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £3000-5000


Lot 25: A GREY POTTERY MOULDED VOTIVE TABLET Tang Dynasty (AD 618 - 907) Of arched rectangular form, the front centred by the Buddha upon lotus within a border of numerous acolytes, an inscription to the reverse, 14cm high x 11cm wide x 2.6cm deep (tapering) For a group of similar tablets see "Buddhist Sculpture from China: Selections from the Xi'an Beilin Museum, Fifth to Ninth Centuries", China Institute 2007. Items 61-66, unearthed at Shanmenkou, Xi'an 1981.   For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £1000-2000


Lot 26: A CHINESE STONE FIGURE OF GUANYIN Tang Dynasty (AD 618 - 907) Wearing an elaborate headdress, draped robes and jewellery, seated on cloths on petalled raised platform, 38cm high x 20cm wide x 18.5cm deep   For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £5000-8000


Lot 27: A CHINESE STONE MUSICIAN FIGURE Tang Dynasty (AD 618 - 907) The kneeling figure with elaborate chignon, wearing robes and holding a drum, 24cm high x 17cm wide x 13m deep   For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £5000-10000


Lot 28: AN IMPORTANT PAIR OF STONE ARHATS Tang Dynasty (AD 618 - 907) One figure standing in concentrated prayer pose, the other holding an attribute, on lotus waisted plinths, 34.5cm high (base 11cm dia.) (respectively)   For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £8000-15000


Lot 29: AN IMPORTANT CHINESE STONE SEATED FIGURE OF BUDDHA Tang Dynasty (AD 618 - 907) The well detailed diaphanous robes following the bodily contours, on a draped dais, 56.5cm high x 42cm wide x 30cm deep.   For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £15000-25000


Lot 30: A CHINESE WHITE MARBLE FIGURAL FRAGMENT Tang Dynasty (AD 618 - 907) Depicting Lokopala, 41.5cm high x 39cm wide x 20cm deep, on a display stand.   For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £3000-5000


Lot 31: AN IMPORTANT CHINESE WHITE MARBLE FIGURE OF AVALOKITESVARA Tang Dynasty (AD 618 - 907) Avalokitesvara depicted with a tied sash at the waist and pleated drapery enriched with strings of jewels, 53cm high x 21cm deep (maximum) on a display stand For a similar but more complete example see "Buddhist Sculpture from China: Selection from the Xi'an Beilin Museum, Fifth through Ninth Centuries", China Institute, 2007, Item 54, dated to the Tang Dynasty, probably first half of the 8th century, unearthed from grounds of Daming Palace, 1959.   For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £30000-50000


Lot 32: A PAIR OF STONE SEATED ARHATS Tang Dynasty (AD 618 - 907) Both figures seated on a dais, one in praying pose, the other holding a rosary, one with a dedicatory inscription, 71.5cm high x 36cm wide x 20cm deep, and 76cm high x 37cm wide x 19cm deep, on wooden bases   For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £8000-12000


Lot 33: AN IMPORTANT CHINESE WHITE MARBLE TORSO Tang Dynasty (AD 618 - 907) The Bodhisattva in sensuous pose with cascading robes with rythmic folds of drapery and finely rendered jewellery, the shoulders with tresses of hair, with extensive deposits of red-coloured soil 83cm high x 27cm wide x 20cm deep (maximum) For a comporable torso in marble attributed to the Tang Dynasty see: "Buddhist Sculpture from China: Selections from the Xi'an Beilin Museum, Fifth to Ninth Centuries", China Institute 2007. Item 54, dated to the first half of the 8th century and unearthed in the grounds of the Daming Palace, Xi'an, in 1959. For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £50000-100000


Lot 34: A CHINESE GILT BRONZE FIGURE OF AVALOKITESVARA Tang Dynasty (AD 618 - 907) Depicted standing full length in elaborate robes upon a lotus base, 11.3cm high x 3.5cm wide across the base, on a modern wood stand For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £3000-5000


Lot 35: A GROUP OF FOUR GILT BRONZE TOMB APPLIQUES Tang Dynasty (AD 618 - 907) Depicted as lady musicians, each modelled in detailed animation with specific musical instrument, 5.8cm high x 6.9cm wide; 5.5cm high x 6.5cm wide; 6cm high x 7.3cm wide; and 5.9cm high x 5.9cm wide, each on a perspex stand. These bronze appliques are modelled on stone carvings of twelve deities on the platform (rear chamber) of the Yongling Mausoleum of King Wang Jian, unearthed in 1943, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, Shu Dynasty (Chengdu Wang Jian Tomb Museum, illus. 2.43, p.145) "Chinese Sculpture" (Angela Falco Howard, Li Song, Wu Hung & Yang Hong), published by Yale University and Foreign Language Press 2006 For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £8000-12000


Lot 36: A CHINESE POLYCHROME WOOD FIGURE OF GUANYIN Liao Dynasty (AD 907 - 1125) Depicted seated in dhyanasana, with downward gaze, wearing an elaborate high chignon, wearing loose robes and jewellery, 63cm high x 57cm wide x 35cm deep For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £3000-6000


Lot 37: A CHINESE POLYCHROME WOOD FIGURE OF GUANYIN Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) Depicted with an elaborate chignon and serene downward gaze, wearing decorated robes with raised detail, hands in dhyana mudra, 68cm high x 38cm wide x 24cm deep For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £2000-4000


Lot 38: A CHINESE POLYCHROME WOOD IMMORTAL Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) The seated figure, with fearsome expression and wearing flowing robes, 15th/16th century, 35cm high x 21cm wide x 14cm deep For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £1500-2500


Lot 39: A CHINESE WHITE MARBLE DRAGON COLUMN SECTION Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) The dragon carved in high relief wrapped around the column amidst cloud forms, 30cm high x 17.5cm dia. For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £1000-2000


Lot 40: A CHINESE WOOD AND STUCCO BUDDHA HEAD Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) With well-chiselled features and long ear lobes, 22cm high x 18cm wide x 15cm deep For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £1500-3000


Lot 41: A KHMER GREY STONE FIGURE OF VISHNU Probably Angkor Wat (11th - 13th century) Wearing stylised sampot chang kben with pleated folds, 43cm high x 13.5cm wide For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £3000-6000


Lot 42: A NEPALESE IVORY FIGURE OF AVALOKITESVARA 17th/18th century The slender figure standing on a lotus dais beneath animal mask and scrolls, 7.3cm high x 3cm wide x 3cm base diameter. For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £2000-3000


Lot 43: A TIBETAN GILT-COPPER REPOUSSÉ SEATED LAMA 18th/19th century, Depicted seated on a draped dais holding a fly whisk and a vase, a cat at his feet, 22cm high x 18cm wide x 7cm deep   For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £500-1000


Lot 44: A SINO-TIBETAN GILT BRONZE LARGE BUDDHA HAND 18th/19th century With left hand salvation by mudra, 29.5cm high x 17cm wide, on a perspex stand. For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £2000-3000


Lot 45: WANG KEPING (born Beijing 1949) A carved wood figure of abstract form, incised with two characters on the reverse, 44cm high Wang Keping came to prominence in the 1970's with artists such as Huang Rui, Ma Desheng and Ai Weiwei - founding members of the early Beijing Contemporary Art Group "The Stars" (Xing Xing). Their aim was to ensure freedom of artistic expression in China. For important information relating to this auction please visit the following link

Estimated Price: £5000-8000


Sale Catalogue: Page 1



Lot 1
A collection of golf clubs

Estimate: £10-20


Lot 2
A 19th century stoneware 'Harvesting' jug and another similar

Estimate: £10-20


Lot 3
A mahogany and mother-of-pearl inlaid mantel clock and a pair of similar candlesticks

Estimate: £40-60


Lot 4
A pair of royal blue cloisonne vases and a similar bowl

Estimate: £20-40

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