Cheshire saleroom Frank Marshall of Knutsford set a new house record when this massive 17th or 18th century Sino-Tibetan gilt bronze statue of Guanyin sold for £126,000.
The 6ft 6in (1.98m) high sculpture depicts
the bodhisattva with 20 legs and a multi-tiered tower of 19 heads
and 50 large mythical arms making a circle of a thousand arms.
She rests upon lotus thrones surrounded by
various worshipping animals, birds, reptiles, men and angels.
Elements of the finely engraved stole were replacements, probably
added in the 19th or early 20th century.
The statue, catalogued for Frank Marshall by
consultant Dr Eldon Worrall, was part of the Martin Heaps
collection and formerly in the collection of a contemporary
Manchester artist. It was one of many Sino-Tibetan objects in the
sale purchased from the estate of the late P.S. McKay, a senior
British diplomat posted in Tibet in the 1960s.
The buyer at the July 16-17 sale, who was
prepared to pay several times the £30,000-50,000 estimate, was
described as a North West-based agent bidding on behalf of an Asian
Marshall's previous house record was £70,000
for an Art Deco diamond necklace sold in November 2009.
The buyer's premium was 20%.