Lot 184. A rare gilt-lacquer bronze repoussé figure of Buddha, Qianlong incised seven-character mark and of the period (1736-1795); 30.5cm (12in) high. Estimate £ £30,000 - 50,000. Sold for £ 31,312 (€ 35,740). © Bonhams 2001-2019
Well modelled seated in dhyanasana in his hand in bhumisparsamudra, on a double-lotus base inscribed in Manchu, Tibetan, Chinese and Mongolian, wearing layered monk's robes gathered in cascading folds, his rounded face with a serene expression flanked by long pendulous ears, beneath a domed ushnisha, the sealed base engraved with a double vajra, fitted box.
Provenance: the Gerry and Pamela Virtue collection, Australia, circa 1960s
Note: Gerry Virtue visited Nepal as early as 1959, engaging in hiking and exploration as well as flying with a hot air balloon over the Everest. His travel feats are recorded in his published memoir Blazing the Hippie Trail in 1959: Calcutta to London on 10 Pounds, which was published in 2013. In 1976 he collaborated on an exhibition of Tibetan art at the Seymour Centre in Sydney. His wife Pamela equally shared in the passion for collecting Himalayan art, with her aesthetic sensibilities to Gerry's superb eye.
The inscription on the present lot identifies the Buddha as that of the Tejorajaya Buddha. The inscription shows that the Buddha was specially commissioned by the Imperial Court during the celebrated reign of the Qianlong emperor.
Bonhams. Fine Chinese Art, London, 16 May 2019