The sale on 10th June taking place in Cologne, will feature paintings, porcelain and ceramics from India, Southeast Asia, Tibet, Nepal and China.

On 11th June, stop off at Japan with woodcuts, paintings, ceramics, porcelain, netsuke pieces, lacquer and Sagemono objects and swords.

blog.php-504 Statue of Amitayus, ormolu, decorated with turquoise, lapis lazuli and coral, Kangxi period, circa 1680-1700.

The Amitayus Buddha is a ''figure of immeasurable luminescence,'' a true form of enlightenment which is highly revered in East Asia. The Amitayus Buddha is one of the five great transcendental Buddhas and is considered as the incarnation of the absolute truth.

blog.php-505 Statue of Amitayus, ormolu, decorated with turquoise, lapis lazuli and coral, Kangxi period, circa 1680-1700.

Guanyin is one of the most influential figures of East Asian Buddhism. Originally a male god, the figure became a female bodhisattva of compassion.

An unusually large octogonal cloisonné enamel vase with gilded edges, late 18th/19th century. An unusually large octogonal cloisonné enamel vase with gilded edges, late 18th/19th century.

A large blanc de Chine figure of Guanyin, Dehua, 20th century A large blanc de Chine figure of Guanyin, Dehua, 20th century

Green jade vase and cover, Qianlong period (1735-1796) Green jade vase and cover, Qianlong period (1735-1796)

A very large black lacquer cabinet, the front displaying a landscape with palaces, boats and figures strolling through the coastal landscape, second half of 16th century. A very large black lacquer cabinet, the front displaying a landscape with palaces, boats and figures strolling through the coastal landscape, second half of 16th century.

Lacquer painting is a Chinese invention that was created around 3 000 years ago. The raw material for the coating which was used to decorate furniture and decorative arts came from trees. The trend also reached Japan and later Arabic countries. In the 16th century lacquer ware came to Europe where it was most popular during the 18th century, when Chinoiserie was a huge interior design trend.  As the raw materials from trees used for lacquer could not be imported without spoiling, European craftsmen created their own version.

A sandstone figure of a standing Buddha with traces of red colour, Northern Qi dynasty. A sandstone figure of a standing Buddha with traces of red colour, Northern Qi dynasty.

Figure of the dragon-girl Longnu, 17th/18th century Figure of the dragon-girl Longnu, 17th/18th century

The "dragon-daughter" Longnu is one of the two vital scriptures of Mahayana Buddhism, which are the the "Lotus Sutra" and the "Avatamsaka Sutra."She is described as being full of wisdom and is said to have experienced instant enlightenment.

A bronze figure of a deified emperor seated on a wooden bench, Ming dynasty, 17th century A bronze figure of a deified emperor seated on a wooden bench, Ming dynasty, 17th century

Check out the full catalogue on Barnebys here.

 

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