Featured Asian Art - April 2016
The April sale of Fine Asian, Australian & European Arts & Design commences with a remarkable selection of Asian works of art including an Indian bronze dancing figure of Shiva Nataraj which is elegantly cast and posed from the 18th/19th Century (estimate $12,000-18,000, lot 70). The figure is an iconic image in Hindu art, with this work illustrating Shiva performing the Tandava, the dance of bliss. The sale also includes many fine examples of Chinese bronzes and enamelware. A Chinese cloisonné enamel moonflask from the late Qing dynasty features a red dragon clasping a flaming pearl, and stands upon a sea of crested waves (estimate $12,000-16,000, lot 69, pictured above).
Exceptional examples of Asian watercolours and oil paintings are prominent in the sale including a work by Lee Man Fong (estimate $40,000-60,000, lot 28). Featuring four gold fish the scene is tranquil, looking through the water observing the various beautiful sides of the fish. Lee was born in China and moved as a young child to Singapore. His relocation to Java in the 1930s influenced his visual language, and established his creative legacy. Lee Man Fong’s oeuvre is reflective of his Chinese ancestry, his art references the techniques and cultural aesthetics imbedded in classical Chinese painting.
From Indonesia is a surrealist style painting by Ivan Sagito (born 1957). Sagito is an introverted and mysterious artist who endeavours to depict the uncertainties of everyday life and the inner conflicts people face. Spiritual Bridge 1982 elegantly captures this journey and tension (estimate $25,000-35,000, lot 189).
Sale in discussion
An Indian bronze dancing
LEE MAN FONG 1913-1988
IVAN SAGITO, BORN 1957