Vietnamese Silk Painting From 1935 Bought for €440,000 at Paris Public sale

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A portray by famend Vietnamese artist Nguyen Nam Son lately fetched 440,000 euros at an public sale in Paris.

As Tuoi Tre stories, Nguyen Nam Son’s ‘Thieu Nu Cam Quat’ (Tonkin Woman With a Fan) portray was put up for sale by French auction home Aguttes on Monday, October 22. Previous to the event, the silk portray was estimated to be value 50,000-80,000 euros (VND1.Three-2.1 billion) in worth. Subsequently, the ultimate worth of 440,000 euros (VND11.7 billion), Son’s personal greatest, shocked everyone.

'Thieu Nu Cam Quat' in full.

Art researcher Ngo Kim Khoi, who can also be Son’s grandson, shared with the information source that the record-breaking worth is an effective signal that the international art business is paying more consideration to Vietnamese and Southeast Asian artwork. “This can be a delight for the artist and his household particularly, and for Vietnamese art normally,” he informed Tuoi Tre.

Nguyen Nam Son, whose actual identify is Nguyen Van Tho, was born in 1890 and co-founded the Hanoi Faculty of Advantageous Arts in 1924. Son is considered the daddy of silk portray in Vietnam, regardless of solely buying the talent in 1928 in China.

‘Thieu Nu Cam Quat’ depicts an aristocratic lady sitting on a sofa whereas holding a paper fan. In contrast to comparable paintings from the same interval, which often portray characters from decrease courses of farmers and peasants, the female subject in ‘Tonkin Woman’ wears an intricate inexperienced áo dài with a chic hairdo, suggesting that she may hail from a wealthy household.

Before the auction, the 61.5cm x 43cm silk paintings belonged to French army official Fernand Maller, who was stationed in Hanoi between January 1936 and April 1938. It’s estimated that Son painted ‘Tonkin Woman’ in 1935-1936. After Maller got here again to France, it stayed in his household.

Back in March, one other work by Nguyen Nam Son, titled ‘Thon Nu Bac ky’ (Peasants of Tonkin) also sold for 205,000 euros (VND5.7 billion) at a Paris auction.

[Photograph by way of SGGP]

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