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Rare gilt bronze Tibetan Buddha statue brings $200,000 in Briggs Auction's March 24th online auction
The heavy, 13-inch-tall Tibetan bronze seated Buddha on a carved, 5-inch-tall stand showed a serene-faced figure wearing a draped robe, posed in quiet contemplation on a lotus base. Online bidding was via LiveAuctioneers.com and Bid At Briggs.
By: Briggs Auction, Inc.
What made this Buddha so special? "It was right, and of exceptional quality," said Stephen Turner, president and owner of Briggs Auction, Inc. "The figure was unusually large at 13 inches tall, and very heavy. The underside of the statue bore a Yongle mark, which added to its historical significance. And the piece's nearly excellent condition certainly added to its value."
The heavy, 13-inch-tall Tibetan bronze seated Buddha on a carved, 5-inch-tall stand showed a serene-faced figure wearing a draped robe, posed in quiet contemplation on a lotus base, making a graceful vitarka mudra with his right hand. Bidders from around the globe competed over two bidding platforms: Brigg's Auction's own Bid At Briggs, as well as www.Live Auctioneers.com.
All prices quoted in this report are hammer, exclusive of the buyer's premium.
Other highlights from the sale included a large-format oil on canvas portrait of a partially-clad beauty, titled Lorelei ($32,000); a large set of Georg Jensen Pyramidian pattern sterling flatware with serving pieces ($6,000); a rare Thomas Crow (Wilmington, Del.) signed pocket watch with fusée movement and enameled dial ($5,500); a set of four Gio Ponti Model 116 walnut dining chairs for Singer & Sons ($2, 800); and a Hasui Kawese woodblock of colorful iris flowers, signed at the bottom ($2,600).
On tap for Briggs Auction will be an interesting mix of estate farm equipment, a fine selection of estate wine and spirits, our Fine Estates auction (which already has an interesting mix of styles and periods), and the regular Discovery auctions, in which there are always treasures to be found. Planned for June is a fantastic Patio auction, filled with a great selection of outdoor furniture, statuary, planters and garden accessories, and more.
To learn more about Briggs Auction, Inc. and the firm's calendar of upcoming events, please visit www.BriggsAuction.com. They can be reached by phone at 610-566-3138 or via email at email@example.com. Quality consignments are always being sought for future auctions.