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28 mars 2015

Mai Trung Thứ (1906-1980), Poème sur soie (A poem on silk)

Mai Trung Thứ (1906-1980), Poème sur soie (A poem on silk)

Mai Trung Thứ (1906-1980), Poème sur soie (A poem on silk). Signed, stamped with a seal of the artist and dated variously between 1950 – 1960 (8). Lithography on silk fixed on paper, in 8 parts; lacquer on wood. Each print: 18.5 by 12.5 cm.; 7 1/4 by 4 3/4 in. (8). Lacquer cover: 26 by 17 cm.; 10 1/4 by 6 3/4 inEstimate 20,000 — 30,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby’s.

Published  in 1961, the book is numbered 304 out of 523 copies.

Provenance: Formerly in the Private Collection of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor in Paris

Note: Poème sur Soie (A Poem on Silk) is a book of poems written by the Vietnamese author Phạm Văn Ký, which features eight colour lithographic prints on silk illustrated by the reknowned artist Mai Thu. The limited edition book comes with a lacquer box made by the Chinese artist Chou Ling.

Sotheby’s. MODERN & CONTEMPORARY SOUTHEAST ASIAN ART, 05 AVRIL 2015 | 10:00 AM HKT – HONG KONG


Mai Trung Thứ (1906-1980), La cage, 1956

Mai Trung Thu (1906-1980), La cage, 1956

Mai Trung Thứ  (1906-1980), La cage. Signed, stamped with a seal of the artist and dated 56; signed with the initials of the artist, titled and dated 1956 on the reverse. Ink and gouache on silk mounted on cardboard, 17 by 17 cm.; 6 3/4 by 6 3/4 in. Estimate 70,000 —90,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby’s.

The work is accompanied with the artist’s original frame.

Sotheby’s. MODERN & CONTEMPORARY SOUTHEAST ASIAN ART, 05 AVRIL 2015 | 10:00 AM HKT – HONG KONG

Mai Trung Thứ (1906-1980), Femme et fleur (Young lady with flower), 1943

Mai Trung Thu (1906-1980), Femme et fleur (Young lady with flower), 1943

Mai Trung Thứ (1906-1980), Femme et fleur (Young lady with flower). Signed, stamped with a seal of the artist and dated 1943. Ink and gouache on silk fixed on board, 23.5 by 15.5 cm.; 9 1/4 by 6 inEstimate 70,000 — 90,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby’s.

Sotheby’s. MODERN & CONTEMPORARY SOUTHEAST ASIAN ART, 05 AVRIL 2015 | 10:00 AM HKT – HONG KONG

Mai Trung Thứ (1906-1980), Un vase de fleurs (A vase of flowers), 1957

Mai Trung Thu (1906-1980), Un vase de fleurs (A vase of flowers)

Mai Trung Thứ  (1906-1980), Un vase de fleurs (A vase of flowers). Signed, stamped with a seal of the artist and dated 57. Ink and gouache on silk, 37 by 31.5 cm.; 14 1/2 by 12 1/4 in. Estimate 70,000 —90,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby’s.

The work is accompanied with the artist’s original frame.

Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist
Private Collection, South of France

Sotheby’s. MODERN & CONTEMPORARY SOUTHEAST ASIAN ART, 05 AVRIL 2015 | 10:00 AM HKT – HONG KONG

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27 mars 2015

Mai Trung Thứ (1906-1980), L’heure du thé (Tea time), 1945

Mai Trung Thu, (1906-1980), L'heure du thé (Tea time), 1945

Mai Trung Thứ (1906-1980), L’heure du thé (Tea time). Signed, stamped with a seal of the artist and dated 1945. Ink and gouache on silk, 55.5 by 46.5 cm.; 21 3/4 by 18 1/4 inEstimate 150,000 — 250,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby’s.

Note: In the culture of Vietnam, the act of serving tea is considered an expression of gentility and hospitality. As an old age custom that continues to permeate virtually every aspect of life, it is practiced by individuals spanning all social classes, from politicians and businessmen to farmers and senior citizens.  In this precious silk painting, Vietnamese modern artist Mai Thu illustrates a charming image of a man holding a tea cup and enjoying the company of a young lady.

Despite having lived in France for the majority of his life, Mai Thu retained a strong sense of patriotism and devotion to the mores from his homeland, finding delight in incorporating Vietnamese subject matter to his art. This artist embodies a generation of progressive Vietnamese artists that emerged during the 1930s, including Le Pho and Vu Cao Dam. Seven years after graduating from the École des Beaux-Arts de l’Indochine in Hanoi, Mai Thu moved to Paris where he began merging the French Salon style with Vietnamese aesthetic traditions.

Also a film-maker and photographer, Mai Thu exposes his penchant for these fields of art in this ambrosial yet theatrical work. Though he seemingly depicts a simple theme within a single scene, Mai Thu imbues an element of drama to the work through the use of body language and composition, suggesting there is evidently far more to the narrative.  The man faces a poised lady, who twists her body towards the viewer, demurely hides behind her open fan. While her posture is coy yet sweet, his demeanor is more masculine and dominating. Peering behind a curtain from a dark room in the backdrop is a young child who is eavesdropping, signifying that this is a supposedly private ren dez vous between the couple.

Distinguished for his pithy and precise brushwork, Mai Thu employs thin black lines to delineate the soft curves of these stylized figures. Delicate paintings such as the present lot, so emblematic of love and innocence, are prevalent in his opus. Mai Thu was a prolific artist, who found deep joy in portraying the lovely moments that he may have remembered occurring far away in his homeland.

Sotheby’s. MODERN & CONTEMPORARY SOUTHEAST ASIAN ART, 05 AVRIL 2015 | 10:00 AM HKT – HONG KONG



A late 19th century diamond, conch pearl and pearl brooch, circa 1890

A late 19th century diamond, conch pearl and pearl brooch, circa 1890

A late 19th century diamond, conch pearl and pearl brooch, circa 1890Sold for £2,640 (€3,617)Photo: Bonhams.

The delicate foliate spray, pavé-set with rows of cushion-shaped diamonds, accented with two cinquefoil diamond-set flowerheads and buds set with conch pearls and pearls of various tints, pearls untested, length 5.5cm.

Bonhams. FINE JEWELLERY, 6 Apr 2006 11:00 BST. LONDON, NEW BOND STREET

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A late 19th century diamond and conch pearl spray brooch, circa 1880

A late 19th century diamond and conch pearl spray brooch, circa 1880

A late 19th century diamond and conch pearl spray brooch, circa 1880. Sold for £3,120 (€4,275)Photo: Bonhams.

Naturalistically modelled as a spray of pierced ivy leaves amongst foliage set with old brilliant and rose-cut diamonds, with conch pearl bud detail, tied at the base with a cushion-shaped diamond fluttering ribbon, French assay marks, one conch pearl deficient, length 9.1cm., fitted case

Bonhams. 8 Dec 2005 11:00 GMT - LONDON, NEW BOND STREET

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A diamond and conch pearl brooch

A diamond and conch pearl brooch

A diamond and conch pearl brooch. Sold for US$ 15,000 (€13,817). Photo: Bonhams.

in the form of a flower with conch pearl stamen accentuated by petals and stem of pavé-set round brilliant-cut diamonds;signed J. Stella; estimated total diamond weight: 12.30 carats; conch pearl weighing approximately: 30.00 carats; mounted in eighteen karat white gold; length: 3 3/4in.

Bonhams.  FINE JEWELLERY, 13 Dec 2011 12:00 EST, NEW YORK

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The Princesse de Monaco rose brooch

The Princesse de Monaco rose brooch

The Princesse de Monaco rose brooch. Courtesy Mikimoto (America) Co., Ltd

The Princesse de Monaco rose brooch is a breathtaking work. A rare natural pink conch pearl glows in the center. Tahitian pearl buds and demantoid garnet leaves crown the piece. The workmanship is equally impressive–setting round, pear, oval, and marquise shaped pink diamonds and round white diamonds on a concave surface requires the hands of a master craftsperson.

Rare and spectacular antique diamonds and pink conch pearls necklace-tiara at Dupuis Spring 2015 auction

Rare and spectacular antique tiara1

Rare and spectacular antique tiara

Rare and spectacular antique tiara3

Rare and spectacular antique diamonds and pink conch pearls necklace-tiara. Photo © Depuis Auctioneers, Toronto

Once in a rare while, a tiara becomes available to the auction bidder. Tiaras are the essence of elegance, and always turn a gathering into an event. They convert a dance into a ball, the downtrodden Cinderella into Prince Charming’s sweetheart.

A tiara is a crown worn high on the head, and usually has a semi-circular shape. Tiaras have been worn, in one form or another, for thousands of years, but the 19th century produced some of the most beautiful and ornate of these jewels. The finest tiaras are adorned with gems mounted in precious metal.

Royal heads around the world are regularly adorned with tiaras for special events and public appearances. Similarly, women with a complete and elegant jewellery wardrobe have a tiara for special occasions. However, even royalty may not wear a tiara every day, so we find it a useful option to have a tiara that can be converted to other uses.

Many exquisite Victorian tiaras were convertible to necklace use, greatly expanding their function in the owner’s jewel collection. Originally, these tiara/necklace jewels would have been provided in fitted boxes, but sadly these boxes are often lost to history.

The tiara in the Dupuis Spring 2015 auction is adorned with diamonds and pearls, and it features a very rare collection of beautiful pink conch pearls. With the original accompanying diamond-mounted attachment, the tiara easily converts to an elegant and stunning necklace. The set is offered in the original fitted box

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