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Christie’s Paris, 10 September 2023.

“The Decisive Moment”, Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare (1932), photographed by Henri Cartier-Bresson (France, 1908-2004), considered the father of modern photojournalism, he coined the term “The Decisive Moment” to refer to a moment when the photographer captures a fleeting second, immortalising it in time. “There is nothing in this world that does not have a decisive moment.” Henri Cartier-Bresson The image was captured spontaneously at the …

The Pillars of Creation in the Eagle Nebula taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in 1995 The Hubble Space Telescope almost didn’t make it. Carried aloft in 1990 aboard the space shuttle ­Atlantis, it was over-budget, years behind schedule and, when it finally reached orbit, nearsighted, its 8-foot mirror distorted as a result of a manufacturing flaw. It would not be until 1993 that a repair mission would bring Hubble online. …

Christie’s Lates Picasso: A 50-year Legacy Celebrating Picasso’s artistic legacy One of history’s most influential artists, Pablo Picasso devoted his life to art for nearly 80 years. Throughout his long and varied career, Picasso produced more than 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, theatre sets and costumes. His innovation and genius continue to inspire beyond his time. 2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the Spanish …

Georgia O’Keeffe (America, 1887-1986) in 1956, photographed by Yousuf Karsh (America/Canada, 1908-2002).

Gertrude Stein sitting in her atelier in Paris with her portrait by Pablo Picasso hanging on the wall behind her, 1930. Gertrude Stein’s atelier, 27 rue de Fleurus, Paris, France Gertrude Stein’s atelier, 27 rue de Fleurus, Paris, France.

Pablo Picasso, Olga Picasso, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, 1930

Musée du Luxembourg Exposition:  Gertrude Stein and Pablo Picasso – The Invention of Language To mark the 50th anniversary of Picasso’s death, the Musée du Luxembourg is staging a major exhibition on the story of the extraordinary friendship between two 20th-century icons, Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) and Gertrude Stein (1874-1946). Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), a Jewish American immigrant, writer, poet and aesthete, moved to Paris in 1903, …

Mai Trung Thu’s L’Aube Nouvelle (New Dawn) fetched HKD 4,000,000 at Christie’s Hong Kong, 25 May 2021

Nguyen Phan Chanh’s Les Couturières (Seamstresses at Work), A Landmark Collection of Vietnamese Art: The Jean-Marc Lefèvre Collection fetched HKD 10,930,000 at Christie’s Hong Kong, 3 December 2020

The Steerage, 1907 by Alfred Stieglitz (America, 1864-1946). On May 14, 1907, Stieglitz and his family sailed to Europe aboard the fashionable Kaiser Wilhelm II. This picture was most likely taken several days later when the ship was moored in Plymouth, England. (Greenough, Key Set) As proprietor of the Little Galleries of the Photo-Secession and publisher of the photographic journals Camera Notes and Camera Work, …

The Burning Monk, 1963, Malcolm W. Browne (America, 1931-2012) In June 1963, most Americans couldn’t find Vietnam on a map. But there was no forgetting that war-torn Southeast Asian nation after Associated Press photographer Malcolm Browne captured the image of Thich Quang Duc (Vietnam, 1897-1963) immolating himself on a Saigon street. Browne had been given a heads-up that something was going to happen to protest …

Lewis Wickes Hine (America, 1874-1940), Sadie Pfeifer, a Cotton Mill Spinner, Lancaster, South Carolina, 1908. Working as an investigative photographer for the National Child Labor Committee, Lewis Hine believed that images of child labor would force citizens to demand change. The muckraker conned his way into mills and factories from Massachusetts to South Carolina by posing as a Bible seller, insurance agent, or industrial photographer …

Le Pho (Vietnam/France, 1907-2001) Fleurs (Flowers) signed in Chinese and signed again ‘Le pho’ (lower left); signed, titled and inscribed ‘LE PHO Fleurs WF BH W. F. Findlay’ (on the reverse); gallery label affixed (on the reverse) oil on canvas 73 × 92 cm. (28 3/4 x 36 1/4 in.) Painted circa 1970 Provenance Wally Findlay Galleries, Beverly Hills Private collection, USA Estimate HK$280,000-380,000 US$36,000-49,000 …

Nguyen Tuong Lan (Vietnam, 1906-1946) A la pagode (At the Temple) signed ‘NT Lan’ with the artist’s monogram (lower left); inscribed in Chinese (upper left) ink and gouache on silk 50 x 75 cm. (19 5/8 x 29 1/2 in.) Painted circa 1935 Provenance The Tholance-Lorenzi Collection Price Realised HKD 1,300,000 at Christie’s Hong Kong, 23 November 2014 France, Vietnam, and at to a larger …

Zhang Heng’s Seismoscope, The Zhang Heng’s Earthquake Recorder, Te Papa Collection, Museum of New Zealand. WHEN DRAGONS DETECTED EARTHQUAKES This interesting-looking pot is in fact a seismoscope, the first known in the world, invented in 132 CE by a Chinese scholar named Zhang Heng. It’s a seismoscope, not a seismograph, which means it can detect the direction of an earthquake, but not its density. Nevertheless, …

Jean-Baptiste Huynh (France, B. 1966) Vietnam – Main 1, 1996 silver print, mounted on aluminum a certificate of authenticity from the artist accompanies the work. image/sheet/mount: 234.5 x 120 cm. (92 3/8 x 47 ¼ in.) This print is an artist’s proof. Literature Jean-Baptiste Huynh, Intime infini, Actes Sud, Paris, 1996, couverture. Further Details Gelatin Silver Print, Flush-mounted on Aluminium Price Realised EUR 27,500 at …

Jean-Baptiste Huynh (France, B. 1966) Mali – Portrait XXIV cibachrome print mounted on aluminium image 120 x 120cm. (47 1/4 x 47 1/4 in.) overall 150 x 150cm. (59 x 59 in.) Executed in 2003, this work is the artist’s proof aside from an edition of 7. Provenance Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner Further Detail Colour: The colours in the catalogue …

Le Thi Luu (Vietnam, 1911-1988) Woman and Children ink and gouache on silk signed and stamped with the artist’s seal 99 x 74 cm. (39 x 29¼ in.) executed circa 1960s Le Thi Luu (1911-1988) or is reverence worth reference? Le Thi Luu was born on 19 January in Tho Khoi which was the today province of Ha Bac, North Vietnam. Her father, Le Van …

Rare Jar In White Blue Enamelled A Rare Blue and White Glazed Stoneware Peony’s Storage Jar Vietnam, 15th Century The bulging globular belly is richly painted with blooming plovers. The shoulder is decorated with powerful Buddhist lions walking over the clouds. The collar is embellished with stylised flowers and the feet of a frieze of petals. Height: 33 cm. (13 in.) Price Realised EUR 406,000 …

Mai Trung Thu (Vietnam/France, 1906-1980) posing with his work Mère et Enfants (Mother and Children)

Nguyen Phan Chanh (Vietnam, 1892-1984) La Pâtisserie (The Pastry) signed and dated in Chinese ‘Nguyen Phan Chanh, winter gengwu year (1930-1931)’ (upper left); inscribed in Chinese (upper right) ink and gouache on silk 64.5 x 50.5 cm. (25 3⁄8 x 19 7⁄8 in.) Painted 1930-1931 one seal of the artist Price Realised HKD 4,750,000 at Christie’s Hong Kong, 2 December 2021 LA PÂTISSERIE: THE GODS …

PARIS IS A PARTY – A MOVEABLE FEAST THE ONE-WAY JOURNEY OF VIETNAMESE ARTISTS IN THE 30S. La Coupole, Montparnasse, Paris, between the two wars. It was in the cafés of Montparnasse – which replaced Montmartre from the beginning of the century – that the world history of art was written in those years. What triumphed there, to an ever greater extent than spirit, was …

Vu Cao Dam (Vietnam, 1908-2000) posing with his work Le Cavalier (The Cavalier) in 1946.

Le Pho (Vietnam/France, 1907-2001) Bac Ninh, Vietnam signed, dated and inscribed ‘Le Pho Bac Ninh 1935’ (lower right) oil on canvas 61 x 61 cm. (24 x 24 in.) Painted in 1935 Price Realised HKD 350,000 at Christie’s Hong Kong, 23 November 2014 France, Vietnam, and at to a larger extent Indochina, have experienced rich and intertwining histories that continue to today. The discovery and …

Hoang Tich Chu (Vietnam, 1912-2003) Maiden at Rest lacquer on panel: signed and dated ‘htchu 1981’ (lower right); mixed media on paper: signed and dated ‘htchu 1981’ (lower right) lacquer on panel; mixed media on paper; & ink on paper. lacquer on panel: 42 x 52 cm. (16 1/2 x 20 1/2 in.); mixed media on paper: 42 x 52 cm. (16 1/2 x 20 …

A handwritten letter of authenticity for Nguyen Gia Tri’s Trois Femmes (Three Women) certified by Le Pho on the date 10 July 2000 with his inscription “Ce tableau est bien de Nguyen Gia Tri 10 juillet 2000”; signed “Le Pho” and signed again in Chinese.

Vu Cao Dam (Vietnam/France, 1908-2000) Le Cavalier (The Cavalier) signed ‘vu cao dam’ (lower right) gouache on silk 55 x 45 cm. (21 5/8 x 17 3/4 in.) Painted in 1946 Literature Arts du Vietnam, 2002, Jean-François Hubert

Hoang Tich Chu (Vietnam, 1912-2003) La Haute-Région du Tonkin (Tonkinese Upper Region) signed and dated ‘H T Chu 9⁄50’ (lower right) lacquer on panel each: 90 x 46 cm. (35 3⁄8 x 18 1⁄8 in.) (5) overall: 90 x 230 cm. (35 3⁄8 x 90 1⁄2 in.) Painted in 1950 Offered with 1 original sketch and 3 drawings by the artist. Price Realised HKD 2,500,000 …

Boi Tran (Vietnam, B. 1957) Trois Femmes au Printemps (The Three Ladies in the Spring) signed ‘Btran’ (lower left) oil on canvas 150 x 150 cm. (59 1/16 x 59 1/16 in.) Painted circa 2000-2005

To Ngoc Van (Vietnam, 1906-1954) Boats on the Perfume River signed and dated ’35 To Ngoc Van’ (lower right) oil on canvas 50 x 65 cm. (19 5/8 x 25 5/8 in.) Painted in 1935 Provenance Private Collection, Germany Anon. Christie’s Hong Kong, 29 May 2016, Lot 309 Acquired from the above by the present owner Literature Nha Xuat Ban, To Ngoc Van, Thong Tin …

Nguyen Tu Nghiem (Vietnam, 1922-2016) Drawing signed and dated ‘nge 63’ (lower right) ink and pencil on paper 21 x 28,5 cm. (8 1/14 x 11 in.) Painted in 1963 Provenance Acquired directly from the artist’s family Collection of Boi Tran Garden Private Collection, France

Nguyen Tien Chung (Vietnam, 1914-1976) Poet Nguyen Du On His Fishing Boat signed and dated ‘n.t.chung 74’ (lower left) lacquer on panel 80 x 120 cm. (31 1/2 x 47 1/4 in.) Painted in 1974 Provenance Acquired directly from the artist’s family Collection of Boi Tran Garden, Vietnam Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 2008 Literature Tran Van Can, Huu Ngoc, Vu Huyen, Vietnamese Contemporary Painters, Hanoi, 1987, …

Le Pho (Vietnam/France, 1907-2001) Le Bol Bleu (The Blue Bowl) signed in Chinese and signed ‘Le Pho’, dated ‘1930’ (upper left) ink and gouache on silk 75 x 44.5 cm. (29 1/2 x 17 1/2 in.) Painted in 1930 one seal of the artist Provenance Acquired directly from the artist in Paris by the grandfather of the previous owner Thence by descent to the previous …

Le Pho (Vietnam/France, 1907-2001) Dans le Jardin Fleuri (In the Flower Garden) signed in Chinese and signed ‘Le Pho’ (lower right); titled and inscribed ‘Dans le Jardin W. Findlay Galleries’ (on the reverse); gallery label affixed (on the reverse) oil on canvas 130 x 195.5 cm. (51 1⁄8 x 77 in.) Painted circa 1975 Price Realised HKD 6,250,000 at Christie’s Hong Kong, 2 December 2021

Mai Trung Thu (Vietnam/France, 1906-1980) Jeune Fille Peignant Les Cheveux (Young Girl Combing Hair) signed ‘MAI THU’ and dated in Chinese (upper left); signed again with artist’s monogram and titled and dated ‘jeune fille peignant les cheveux 1961’ (on the reverse) one seal of the artist ink and gouache on silk 25×18 cm. (9 7/8 ×7 1/8 in.) Painted in 1961 Vietnamese painting shares similar …

Nguyen Phuoc (Vietnam, B. 1943) Les Trois Femmes (The Three Girls) signed, signed with a monogram of the artist and dated ’80’ (lower right) oil on canvas 94 x 79 cm. (37 x 31 in.) Painted in 1980

Vu Cao Dam (Vietnam/France, 1908-2000) Maternité (Maternity) signed ‘vu cao dam’; inscribed ‘Vence’ and dated ’54’ (lower right) oil on silk laid down on board 99 x 71 cm. (39 1/2 x 29 in.) Painted in 1954 Exhibited LGDR Hong Kong: Scenes of This World – Modern Paintings from Singapore and Vietnam

Le Pho (Vietnam/France, 1907-2001) Les Roses et Les Seringas (Roses and Syringas) signed in Chinese and signed again ‘Le pho’ (lower left); titled and inscribed ‘Les roses et les seringas Galeries W. Findlay Chicago WF CHIC’ (on the reverse); gallery label affixed (on the reverse) oil on canvas 92 x 73 cm. (36 1⁄4 x 28 3⁄4 in.) Painted circa 1970 Price Realised HKD 1,134,000 …

A Stone Figure of Dancing Shiva Cham art, Tháp Mẫm Style, Bình Ðịnh, Vietnam, 11th – 12th Century stone 113 cm. (44 1/2 in.) high Provenance Collection of a French officer in Vietnam, brought to France in 1952 Acquired from the above in 1986 Private Collection, Europe Christie’s Hong Kong, 29 May 2016 Price Realised HKD 750,000 at Christie’s Hong Kong, 29 May 2016 TO …

A Stone Figure of Ganesh Cham art, Tháp Mẫm style, Bình Ðịnh, Vietnam, 11-12th Century stone 51 cm. (20 in.) high Provenance Collection of a French officer in Vietnam, brought to France in 1952 Acquired from the above in 1986 Private Collection, Europe Christie’s Hong Kong, 29 May 2016 Price Realised HKD 275,000 at Christie’s Hong Kong, 29 May 2016 TO BE OR NOT TO …

Le Pho (Vietnam/France, 1907-2001) Lady with Red Flowers signed ‘Le pho’ and signed again in Chinese (lower left) oil on canvas 37 x 45 cm. (14 5/8 x 17 3/4 in.) Painted circa. 1970 Price Realised HKD 250,000 at Christie’s Hong Kong, 25 November 2018

Le Pho (Vietnam/France, 1907-2001) Two Girls with Flowers signed ‘Le Pho’; signed again in Chinese (lower right) oil on canvas 45.5 x 54.5 cm. (17 7/8 x 21 1/2 in.) Painted circa. 1970 Price Realised HKD 237,500 at Christie’s Hong Kong, 25 November 2018

Mai Trung Thu (Vietnam/France, 1906-1980) Le Sommeil (The Sleep) signed and dated ‘MAI THU 1938’ (upper right) ink and gouache on silk 65 x 54.5 cm. (25 5/8 x 21 1/2 in.) Painted in 1938 one seal of the artist Provenance Collection of Mr Tuan H Pham, California, USA Christie’s Hong Kong, 26 May 2019 Price realised HKD 2,500,000 at Christie’s Hong Kong, 26 May 2019

Le Pho (Vietnam/France, 1907-2001) La Femme à l’Écharpe Verte (The Lady with The Green Scarf) signed ‘Le Pho’; signed in Chinese with a stamp of the artist (lower right); titled ‘LA FEMME À L’ÉCHARPE VERTE’ and numbered 19 (on the reverse) ink and gouache on silk laid on cardboard 73.5 x 60 cm. (28 3/4 x 23 1/2 in.) Painted circa 1938 – 1940 Estimate …

Nguyen Gia Tri (Vietnam, 1908-1993) La Perfection ou Femmes et Jardins du Vietnam (Perfection or Women and Gardens of Vietnam) signed and dated ’59′(lower right) lacquer on panel 50.6 x 65 cm. (19 7/8 x 25 5/8 in.) Executed in 1956-1959 Formerly the property of Claude Mahoudeau, France Private Collection, Paris, France Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1998 Born in 1908 …

Tran Van Can (Vietnam, 1910-1994) La Jeune Fille (The Vietnamese Girl) signed ‘TCAN 37’ (lower right) oil on canvas 65 x 52.5 cm. (25 5/8 x 20 5/8 in.) Painted in 1937 Provenance Anon. Sale, Sotheby’s Singapore, 12 October 2003, lot 103 Acquired from the above sale by the present owner Collection of Mr Tuan H Pham, California, USA Christie’s Hong Kong, 24 May 2019 …

Le Nang Hien (Vietnam, 1921-2014) Woman at the Seaside; & Red Yao Woman of North Vietnam signed and dated ‘Nang Hien 1993’ (lower right); & signed and dated ‘Nang Hien 1990’ (upper right) two ink and gouache on silk each: 60 x 43.5 cm. (23 5/8 x 17 1/8 in.) (2) (2)Painted in 1993; & Painted in 1990 one seal of the artist (on each) …

Nguyen Anh (Vietnam, 1914-2000) L’Hommage (Worship) signed and dated ‘NG ANH 1960’ (lower right) gouache on paper 45 x 57 cm. (17 3/4 x 22 1/2 in.) Painted in 1960 Price Realised HKD 44,100 at Christie’s Hong Kong, 13 December 2022