Wood with gilding. China, late Qing dynasty, approximatley 19th cent.
Very effective and quite large sculptures that are almost entirely gilded. These belong to the group of „four heavenly kings“, or Si Tianwang in Chinese. They protect the world from attacks of evil demons and guard the temple gates. They can be depicted as quite honourable or athletic, emphasised as protective characters, like in this case. They have very expressive and lively faces that highlight their positive demonic nature. Muscular half naked bodies, the apron with animated creases and a bow, the back of the body swings wide outwards. Looped around the neck is a scarf, also with a bow.They are standing accentuetedly energetic, their hair stands upwards in a flame-like queue and one arm is held up in a defensive gesture, the other lowered. No attributes present, partially old patina due to smoke. Both sculptures are mounted on a rectangular base.
HEIGHT (WITHOUT BASE) APPROXIMATLEY 50 CM
From a German private collection, afterwards collection Sohel Ch., New-Delhi - Vienna
A noteworthy share of the antiques offered here – around 130 lots – originate from the Collection Sohel Ch., a successful business man from Delhi who spent many years in Vienna. The part of his collection, which we here offer, was mainly acquired in the art trade of Vienna. The chief reason for his collecting activity, which he perpetuated with considerable specialized knowledge, sense for quality and great committment, was to establish a private Asian museum in his native city of New Delhi. Because of severe illness, it was impossible for him to realize his plan and he thus decided to submit us the entire complex of his "Viennese collection" for sale.
來自 Sohel Ch. 先生的舊藏
這本圖錄所紀錄的藝術品的大部分（約130件）來自 Sohel Ch. 先生的舊藏。這位收藏家是個來自新德里的古董拒買，曾有數年住在維也納。這次所介紹的藝術品主要來自他的維也納分點。他數十年的努力，知識和質量敏感都曾進入他的收藏活動，結果之一為在其城市，新德里，收藏到了一個原來屬於私人亞洲美術館的收藏的全部藏品。很不幸的是這位收藏家最近生病極為嚴重，無法實現自己原來對藝術藏品的願望，結果把全部維也納分店的收藏提供給拍賣公司給以賣出。