Museum-quality Asian art to be offered in online auction June 30

Asian art

Chinese terra-cotta horse, Tang period (A.D. 618-907), 17.2in. high x 24in. long. Estimate: $10,000-$12,000. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – Jasper52 is collaborating with Provenance-SA, a European company specializing in Asian art, to produce an auction of museum-quality objects on Sunday, June 30. The 97 lots in the auction are characterized by their artistic quality, their history with the art market and provenance potentially confirmed by tests performed by certified labs. Bid absentee or live online exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.

A prime example is a Chinese Tang period terra-cotta horse that stands on a rectangular plinth (above). The saddle and the saddle pad are removable, which is very seldom seen. The sculpture is made of grey terra-cotta and covered with beige slip with orange highlights. This expressive steed is expected to sell for $10,000 or more.

From India is a late 11th century sculpture of Shiva Bhairava or Bhikshatana. The 27-inch-tall blackstone figure depicts Shiva as a beggar monk, wandering the world for 12 years to atone for his sin: severing Brahma’s fifth head. Standing in a light tribhanga, a tri-bent pose, the god is leaning against the stele decorated with a kirtimukha at its summit. He has four arms, the upper hands holding, on the left a trident (trisula), and on the right the drum with whipping balls (damaru); the lower hands held a sword on the right, and on the left, the bearded head of Brahma, which he used as a begging bowl. Shiva is adorned with rich ornaments ($43,000-$52,000).

Asian art

Shiva Bhairava or Bhikshatana blackstone sculpture, India, Pala period (8th-11th century), 27.2in. high x 15.6in wide. Estimate: $43,000-$52,000. Jasper52 image

An 18th century Tibetan thangka, polychromy on canvas, depicts a seated, meditating Vajradhara, who is thought to be the supreme essence of all (male) Buddhas. He is surrounded by deities Amitayus, Hevajra, Chakrasamvara, Mahakala, Palden Lamo, Daikini and several mahasiddha. The thangka is displayed in a frame that measures about 45 by 26½ inches.

Asian art

Thangka on canvas polychromy depicting Vajradhara, India, 18th century, 38in. x 19.4in. Estimate: $4,000-$5,000. Jasper52 image

A small Nepalese gold-plated Buddha statuette exhibits a large influence of Chinese culture. The seated Buddha is dressed in a monastic robe, his hair is highlighted with blue and topped with ushina. A thermoluminescence test confirms the figure is from the early 18th century.

Asian art

Gold-plated Buddha statuette, Nepal/China, late 17th/early 18th century, 6.8in. high x 4in. wide x 2.8in. deep. Estimate: $5,500-$7,000. Jasper52 image

The ringing of a bell punctuates the lives of Buddhist monks in Thailand. A 4-foot-tall bronze bell from a Buddhist wat temple in the auction dates to the mid-19th century. It was previously in a private collection in Luxembourg.

Asian art

Wat temple bell, Thailand, bronze, Ratanasokin period, (1782-1932), 48in. high x 26.4in. wide x 21.2in. deep. Estimate: $5,000-$6,000. Jasper52 image

A 19th century samurai suit of armor that was used in battle shows the impact of arrows on the front of the breastplate. The study of the armor, the documents associated to it and the signature of the Yoshi-Tsugu on the (helmet) confirms the set dates to the late Edo period. The armor includes its original wooden case.

Asian art

Samurai armor, Japan, circa 1834 (late Edo period). Estimate: $22,000-$26,000. Jasper52 image

This exclusive auction of Asian antiques will be held Sunday, June 30, beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern time