Asian Art Auction

November 28, 2016

LOT 277
A North Thai, Ayutthaya Style, Gilt Bronze Figure of Buddha Shakyamuni, 17th Century
  • A North Thai, Ayutthaya Style, Gilt Bronze Figure of Buddha Shakyamuni, 17th Century

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A North Thai, Ayutthaya Style, Gilt Bronze Figure of Buddha Shakyamuni, 17th Century

泰國 大城時代 十七世紀 鎏金釋迦摩尼佛

Seated in virasana on a finely cast lotus petal base, with both hands in dhyanamudra, wearing samghati, the face with a serene, contended expression, with downcast eyes beneath arched eyebrows and the lips gently smiling, with elongated earlobes and curled hairdress, with thick gilding
height 28.3" — 72 cm.

Estimate $2,000-$3,000

Realised: $2,640
Price Includes Buyer's Premium

About artist/note:

A similar buddha from the same region and time period was sold at Christie’s Amsterdam, November 21, 2001, lot 161

Literature:

This piece was featured in Dimensions in Living magazine, published in Hong Kong, March 1988, page 31

Provenance:

From the Collection of Robert Stephenson (lots 268-274)

We are privileged to offer further pieces from the discerning collection of Robert Stephenson, a renowned collector and dealer. Bob was born in Brantford, Ontario in 1948. After receiving an honours degree in physics, mathematics and chemistry, he pursued a successful career in banking. In 1980, he was transferred from Vancouver to Asia with the Toronto Dominion Bank, and it was there that he fell in love with Asian art. He began collecting Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Korean pieces, and became particularly enamoured with figures of the Buddha, explaining that they gave him a sense of “peace and serenity”. To accommodate his growing collection, Bob began to sell various pieces, and in 1983 he and a friend, Nonny Clemete, established their company Artifacts. When the bank proposed Bob’s relocation to North America in 1984, he opted to trade in his suit and tie for his signature silk-shirt-and-black-pant ensemble, and focused all of his time on collecting and dealing in Asian art. He expanded Artifacts internationally, establishing showrooms in Hong Kong, Brussels, Toronto and Manila, and also opened a factory workshop in Manila where furniture was produced. Bob’s passion for Asian art was enduring, and despite his success in banking, he asserted that “I know I am much happier this way. Maybe I have to work twice as hard, but I am also having twice as much fun doing what I do.” Bob’s collection was internationally recognized for its quality and breadth, as highlighted in Dimensions in Living magazine (March 1988, Hong Kong), illustrated here.

Additional Info:

Department: Asian Art
Origin: Thailand