Ancient Vietnamese statues are auctioned internationally


The three statues are among the 81 paintings and antiques featured in Agutte’s Vietnamese painting and art auction session.

The first is the statue of Guan Yin Buddha in lacquered wood and gilded. The Buddha is standing on a pedestal, wearing a hat and robe with pleats on the lower body. The statue is 81 centimeters high including the podium. It has tears on the face and hem of the shirt due to paint deterioration over time.

The second is a 49.5 centimeter high wooden Buddha painted yellow-brown. This Buddha is meditating and wearing a robe. The statue is also cracked, slightly damaged.

The last is a Buddha statue standing on an ironwood pedestal, holding a myrobalan fruit in his left hand and wearing a robe. The statue is 113.5 centimeters tall and also has some age-related cracks.

The statue of Guan Yin Buddha presented in the auction. Photo courtesy of Aguttes.

According to the auction house, the three antiques are among the few Vietnamese Buddha statues that have been auctioned internationally. They predict their prices could range from €1,000 to €3,000 ($998 to $2,994).

In addition, Aguttes will also showcase a range of ceramic and porcelain antiques used during the reign of King Thieu Tri (1841-1847).

The painting session will feature works by famous Vietnamese fine artists, including Le Pho, Mai Trung Thu, Vu Cao Dam, Le Thi Luu, Le Quoc Loc, Dinh Van Dan….

According to The Value, an online art news platform, Vietnamese paintings, sculptures and antiques are attracting more interest and appearing in more and more international auctions.

In June, the Drouot auction house sold a jade bowl used by King Tu Duc for €845,000.

In October 2021, a mandarin hat from the Nguyen dynasty sold for €600,000 at an auction organized by Balclis (Spain). At the same session, a Nguyen Dynasty costume was sold for €35,000.

Founded in 1974, Aguttes is the fourth largest French auction house. In addition to its headquarters in Paris, it also has offices in Brussels, Lyon and Aix-en-Provence. Aguttes has organized many sessions dedicated to Vietnamese artists.


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