Established in Geneva since 1983, GALERIE DUTTA is specialised in oriental antiques related to the art of the samurai.
The gallery, headed by the specialist Sidharta Dutta, is particularly specialised in swords of Japan, in pottery and terra cotta from Korea, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam over a period of 5000 years.
The experts from GALERIE DUTTA are available anytime to estimate your Asian artworks.
Objects "Galerie Dutta"
ENSEMBLE OF FIVE JARS Period: Giao-Chi, Vietnam, 1st - 2nd century. Diameter: 23cm Origin: Thanh Hoa, North Vietnam Four jars are affixed to one another and carry in their centre the fifth, smallest jar. The brown ceramic, kiln-fired at a high yet stable temperature, is indicative of technical mastery. Historical events being sympathetic to the evolution of ceramics in Vietnam, this piece can be dated to the Giao-Chi period. However, this type of object is well-known in China and is rooted in the earlier Han works, drawing from a style which dominated for more than two hundred years. It originated in Hunan, a province situated to the south of China’s “central” zone, and bordering on the province of Guangdong (and, among others, Canton and the isle of Hainan.) This was the final frontier with Vietnam, having belonged to them before the Chinese occupation in the 1st century BC., and of their approach to this creation is considered by William Watson (Pre-Tang Ceramics of China, Chinese Pottery from 4000 BC to 600 AD, 1991) to have been a masterpiece of the ceramic art. Watson described the form of the piece thus: “A noteworthy type specific to Hunan which was probably destined for funeral rites: an ensemble of five globe-shaped bowls attached to one-another, a triumph of finely-modelled form and mastership of the kiln.” (Retranslated from a French rendition of the text.) Page 107 and illustration no.80. For a similar example but on a larger scale, refer to the piece in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, from the collection of Avery Brundage, and dated to the 1st century BC, that’s to say, to the Han predecessors. Finally, one should bear in mind the fact that the history of Vietnam regarding its relations with China in the 3rd century BC to the 1st century AD is relatively unknown. We know that China had subjugated Vietnam in the 3rd century BC, but without integrating it into the empire before the 1st century AD. Excavations in North Vietnam have not revealed anything older than the 1st century, although the presence on Vietnamese soil of Chinese objects, or Chinese-inspired objects, of some greater date cannot be ruled out. Our ensemble of fused jars can serve as an example, and it is regrettable that we cannot give precise information regarding their discovery. price chf 1'300.-Read more
BUDDHA HEAD Dark grey schist The ancient region of Gandhara. Period: Kushan, 2nd century Height: 31cm (including base: 50cm) This head, in darkened, grey schist, is among the most beautiful creations of Gandhara’s art. Heavy, bleak schist is used to here to endow the piece with profundity. Greco-Buddhist art generally stands out on account of its strong, clear sculpting; however, this piece is also noteworthy for the delicacy of the working and for its exceptional condition. This face, which is carved into a beautiful oval, presents the traditional attributes of a Buddha: eyes like tapered almonds, lids half-shut to indicate introspection; elegant eyebrows shaped like swallow’s wings; elongated earlobes concealed by the long, full head of hair which is tied at the bottom with clasps of lions’ heads; the centre of the front is underlined with Uma in relief, and one can make out at the base of the neck a "fold of beauty". The hairstyle is of regular curls at the front and the rest in zigzags and is topped by a high hemispherical chignon symbolising the “ushnisha” in which is sculpted Amida Buddha. NOW SOLDRead more
A gilt copper figure of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara Tibet/Nepal 19th century Size: 36cm Solidly cast, standing in graceful tribhanga with his right hand lowered in a gesture of compassion, a diaphanous dhoti secured at the waist with a jewelled belt and with pendant hems flowing between the legs, a sash tied across his hip, adorned with armlets, earrings and a foliate tiara inset with semi-precious stones. NOW SOLDRead more
MODEL HOUSE, LATE HAN Period: 1st - 2nd CENTURY AD. Central Henan Province, China. Height: 22cm Width: 30cm Depth: 25.5cm Unglazed, made from a block, trellis openings to the front. This type of model house was made in the central provinces of Henan and Shanxi in the Yellow River region. price chf 2'000.-Read more