Posts tagged ‘auction’

March 2, 2016

Check your provenance

As has oft been pointed out (sometimes with magnificent style), even the Big Three auction houses, which are the most visible, most monitored and apparently most diligent actors in the antiquities market, have a problem with provenance – or the lack of it. Judging by their auctions, that problem remains.

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March 24, 2013

Asia Week auction, WTF20: Cambodia – a bronze Khmer Siva from ‘an old German collection’. How old? Who knows?

Buddhist Art also has a bronze, Bayon-period Khmer Siva ‘[f]rom an old German collection’.

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March 23, 2013

Asia Week auction, WTF19: Cambodia – temples’ statues are easier to transport without arms…

Buddhist Art has a sandstone Khmer deity.

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March 23, 2013

Asia Week auction, WTF17: is a ‘Tibeto-Chinese’ Bodhisattva one from Chinese-occupied Tibet?

Robert R. Bigler has a ‘Tibeto-Chinese‘ bronze Bodhisattva.

Was it acquired in Tibet, or in China, or in Chinese-occupied Tibet?

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March 23, 2013

Asia Week auction, WTF16: India – river goddess temple carving?

The Xanadu Gallery has a carving of the river goddess Yamuna in a (temple(?)) door jamb from India.

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March 22, 2013

Asia Week auction, WTF15: Afghanistan(?), Pakistan(?) – the logistics of exporting a Gandharan Bodhisattva

The Nancy Wiener Gallery has the head of a disembodied Gandharan Bodhisattva.

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March 22, 2013

Asia Week auction, WTF14: China – no-longer-standing Buddha – tragic accident or commercial decision?

Wei Asian Arts have a ‘[s]tanding Buddha’ from China. Ironically, it can’t stand, because it has no feet; it also lacks hands and, much like any potential buyer, it has lost its head.

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March 22, 2013

Asia Week auction, WTF13: Afghanistan(?) – severed Bodhisattva head (yes, another)

Jonathan Tucker and Antonia Tozer have a ‘Hadda style’ head of a Gandharan Bodhisattva, which lacks a provenience as well as a body, though the style would suggest that it was from Afghanistan.

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March 22, 2013

Asia Week auction, WTF12: Afghanistan – severed Buddha head – but seriously, wtf?

Yet again, it’s frustrating to note, the Dalton Somaré Gallery allegedly ‘offer[s] collectors and connoisseurs precisely documented objects of art of high aesthetic quality’, but demonstrably offers no such thing. And it’s infuriating to find that the gallery offers no information whatsoever about the severed head of a Buddha from Afghanistan.

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March 21, 2013

Asia Week auction, WTF11: ‘Kashmir’ (again). Does the seller know whether this Buddhist terracotta is from India, Pakistan or China? Does the buyer care?

As I mentioned, the Dalton Somaré Gallery claims to ‘offer collectors and connoisseurs precisely documented objects of art of high aesthetic quality’, but it doesn’t actually offer any such information.

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