406 - A Collection of Choice: The Paul Rutten Collection & Friends

14 November 2011

After forty years as a gallery, of which 15 years in the PC Hooftstraat and 25 years on the Keizersgracht, the Rutten family has decided to close its doors and continue in a different way. Paul Rutten Asiatic & Tribal Art is a household name both at home and abroad, partly due to years of participation in large art and antique fairs, such as the Oude Kunst and Antiques Fair Delft, Art and Antiques Fair Breda, Art Fair Den Bosch, PAN Amsterdam and the Bruneaf In Brussels.
This collection includes lovingly collected antique objects of high quality and is supplemented with antiques from collectors with whom the gallery maintains a special relationship. This Special Collection leads you from the Himalayas through the Far East to Southeast Asia and Africa.
Some highlights from this collection:
Among the sculptures, you will find a red sandstone object from Northern India. The statue dates from the 11th/12th century and depicts the carved elephant god Ganesha. Ganesha is the chubby cheerful widely loved deity, the son of Shiva and Parvati and is seen as the god of wisdom and solver of difficulties. This sculpture measures almost 65 cm high and, with its exceptional provenance, plays an important role in this auction. Valuation € 9,000 – 15,000.
An 11th century torso of the Hindu goddess Uma will be presented in grey-brown sandstone. This graceful goddess of light and beauty is the consort of Shiva. This beautiful Cambodian object has therefore been included in the literature and has a valuation of € 14,000 – 20,000.
Various Buddhas will also be reviewed:
For example, we offer you a Bodhisattva Amitayus from the 17th/18th century from Tibet. The small-sized bronze (less than 15 cm high) comes from a private German collection and has a valuation of € 4,000 – 6,000.
The cover of the catalog is decorated with the special crowned Buddha Sakyamuni on his throne. This fire-gilded bronze object is inlaid with high-quality Tibetan turquoise and depicts the meditation posture. The throne, crown and mandorla have been added separately and make the 56 cm high object a true 'eye-catcher'. Valuation € 12,000 – 14,000.
Another striking Buddha is the 118 cm high bronze seated Maravijaya. Astonishing are the details such as lips, nails, chakras and flowers, which are inlaid with silver. The rare statue from Laos in the 16th century even shows remnants of gilding in the hair. Valuation € 45,000 – 50,000.
Coming from Tibet we offer you two monks, Sariputra and Maudgalyana. These two fire-gilt bronze sculptures depict Buddha's most important disciples. They both hold a begging bowl and a Khakkhara in one hand and a beggar's staff in the other.
Valuation € 4,000 – 6,000.
The Thailand section also includes various sculptures, including bronze Buddhas and other deities. For example, you will find a stone head of Shiva or the Shiva worshiper with a high headdress and a vertical third eye in the forehead. The elaboration of the facial features and the mustache and beard, as well as the pink/greyish sandstone are characteristic of the Banteay Srei style. The extensive provenance has not been translated into the relatively low valuation of € 16,000 – 20,000.
Two fire-gilded statues of a king and queen will also be offered. These date from the late Malla period (17th/18th century) and served as decoration of the entrance to the temple. Valuation € 8,000 – 10,000.
Various jewelry are also part of this auction:
A pair of gold earrings and a beautiful necklace come from India. The latter served as bridal jewelry and is known as Kalata Uru. These jewels were made by the Chettiar tribe and tied around the neck of his new wife as a dowry by the husband. Valuation € 9,000 – 15,000.
The most striking lot in this catalog is the four temple columns from Mindrolin Monastery. These almost 2.5 m high Tibetan columns were made in the 18th century and adorned the prayer room there. Given the rarity of this object, this lot was on display in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam in 2005. Valuation € 7,000 – 10,000.
A common utensil in Tibet is the so-called Gaam. These monastery chests are decorated with, among other things, lotuses, jewels and gods and served as a storage place for scroll paintings in the monastery. All are painted with natural pigments whose color has withstood the test of time well.
Of course, various Gaus cannot be missed in this auction. You will find these amulet boxes from various areas.
Among the Nepalese objects you will find various roof struts, including a 17th century example of more than 120 cm high. This is a roof strut of an important building within the Newar tradition from the Kathmandu Valley. Usually, these kinds of beautiful carvings were used to prop up pagoda roofs under which the gods lived. The god Bhairah depicted herein is a fearsome form of Shiva and is seen as the destroyer. Valuation € 3,000 – 4,000.
Other furniture in this auction is cabinets, chairs, writing desks, rugs and an altar table.
Several Dorje's will also be auctioned. The small size attribute is used in meditation by both monks and lay people in Buddhism. The Dorje is composed of several parts, with a sphere (Sunyata) in the middle, which depicts the origin of the omniverse. From this sphere come two eight-petalled lotus flowers, surrounded by eight mythological beasts' heads. The object represents the masculine aspect, the method and the ability.
During the meditation, in addition to the Dorje, use is also made of the bell Ghante, the feminine aspect, which symbolizes wisdom.
The combination of the two represents the perfect union of method and wisdom necessary to attain full enlightenment.
The so-called butter lamp is unmistakably Tibetan, of which you will find four beautiful examples in this auction. These four altar lamps are made of high-quality silver and were used to burn Yak butter.
Various Thankas are offered in this auction. Thanka's are known for their special appearance and colors. In order to achieve this, the painter first goes into deep meditation in order to be completely absorbed in his work. These Thankas were usually commissioned by a wealthy Himalayan resident for a monastery or his own prayer room.
The collection contains a large number of masks, the majority of which come from Africa. Wearing a mask probably dates back to the Stone Age, as there are rock paintings showing figures with animal heads on the head. These African masks are made of wood and decorated with hair, paintings, textiles or even beads. Some depict the qualities of the king, refer to a victory and others protect a house or its occupant.
We also offer various coins from Africa, also known as 'funny money'. These coins have not only an economic, but also a social and societal value. For example, show weapons were used as a medium of exchange, but also Katangas and Manilas.
The Katanga has the shape of a cross or letter H and is made of red copper. The shape probably arose for practical reasons; a piece can easily be picked up and these can easily be bundled for transport.
The Manila, on the other hand, is a copper or bronze band, which served as an arm, neck or ankle band. These coins are often called slave money, because they were also used as a dowry, burial gift and ceremonial coin. At the ceremonies, the sound made by two Manilas beaten together was especially important. When the English later thought they were clever by bringing shiploads of cast-iron Manilas to these tribes for trade, it turned out to be a flop. The sound was so different that the coin was not accepted. These twelve lots of coins have a valuation ranging from € 400 – 1,500.
An important part of this auction is the Cuser Collection, the Mongolian art collection of Jan Brummelhuis. Jan Brummelhuis (1935 – 2006) was, in addition to being a well-known notary in Amsterdam, also Honorary Consul of Mongolia. After Brummelhuis was appointed Consul in September 1995, he started building a versatile collection of art treasures from this area.
This private collection includes snuff bottles, altar boxes, manuscripts, fire battles and various statues.
The complete Chinese zodiac from the Yuan dynasty (1279 – 1368) offered here is striking. It is very rare that a complete group such as these twelve animals from the Chinese zodiac have been preserved together. They are made of glazed terracotta and have therefore managed to keep their color well. These animals probably served as grave goods. Within the Chinese tradition, such gifts are known as Minqi, which means 'ceramics of the underworld'. These terracottas were made for the common man so that the deceased could continue his life after death. Valuation € 7,000 – 10,000.
Among the 'newer art', you will find three works by Willem Dooijewaard. Also much loved for his Indonesian period, this artist has created portraits of Mongolian inhabitants with astonishing sophistication. The three chalk drawings depict a monk, girl and woman and are valued at €1,000 – 1,500 and €1,500 – 2,000.
All of the above is of course only a small selection from the collection. The catalog is available online and in book form. We hope to welcome you to the auction house during the viewing days and the auction!

This auction is closed.

1
Two Shamanic drums
The drum shells on both sides stretched with animal skin. The wooden handles carved in the form of a magical dagger (Phurbu).

Estimate € 600 - 800

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Four Chura’s
Diminishing in size:

Estimate € 1.200 - 1.400

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A wooden Shamanic mask
Cut with a protruding nose, partly painted white with goat-hair beard. mounted.

Estimate € 700 - 800

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A Mask
A wooden mask with a beautiful dark patina.

Estimate € 1.000 - 1.500

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A bronze oil lamp
A traditional Nepalese oil lamp.

Estimate € 400 - 500

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Seven wooden Purbhus
From small to large:

Estimate € 3.000 - 4.000

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A roof strut with animals
A corner roof strut with a mythological animal, a lion and an elephant.

Estimate € 1.500 - 2.000

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A figure
A protective deity composed of fired clay, seated with his hands in the Namaskara mudra.

Estimate € 350 - 550

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A figure
A fired clay statue with a gray patina. An abstract protective figure with his hands in the Namaskara mudra.

Estimate € 450 - 650

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A figurine
This figurine is made of backed clay and has a gray patina.

Estimate € 350 - 550

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A wooden object with a skull
A ritual object with a skull and styled trident. Wood with traces or polychrome.

Estimate € 900 - 1.000

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A roof strut with the god Bhairab
Roof strut of an important building of the Newar tradition from the Kathmandu valley.

Estimate € 3.000 - 4.000

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A Thanka with Vashudara
Vashudara is the Buddhist goddess of wealth. This is a painting from a family temple, this being referred to in the text on the lower half. She is depicted seated on a lotus in a mountainous landscape surrounded by peonies. She is surrounded by eight Buddh

Estimate € 2.500 - 3.000

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A brass repoussé of Amogapash Lokeshvara
Amogapash Lokeshvara is one of the apparitions of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. He is a Buddhist deity with eight arms. Amoghapash Lokeshvara is particularly popular in Nepal.

Estimate € 1.200 - 1.500

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A folding table
Made of wood decorated with brass and brass repoussé. Top with three rosettes with flower motif. The sides with circles with figures in relief. The front with central Kirtimukha flanked by two tigers/lions.

Estimate € 350 - 650

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A Malla head
Wooden head with traces of polychrome. It was the model for the head of one of the Malla kings. The head of the king was never to be touched so his headdresses were modeled on these heads.

Estimate € 2.500 - 3.000

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A wooden torso Basundara
A torso of the goddess Basundara. The Buddhist goddess also known as Vashudara, literally: stream with jewels. She is made of wood and probably surmounted a roof strut.

Estimate € 2.000 - 2.500

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Newar priests crown
Priests crown are only worn by Vajracharya priests. On the crown five Buddhist figures in fire gilt repoussé. On the back of the crown inscriptions in Newar with the Nepalese date of the year 773 (according to the Newar calender). Made of red hammered br

Estimate € 2.000 - 3.000

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A bell
For use by a Newar priest during special rituals. The top of the bell depicts the frightening head of Kali. Bronze with traces of Puja powder (red, yellow or orange powder used as an offering).

Estimate € 500 - 600

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A Mandorla ornament
This ornament was part of a Mandorla and was fixed at the back of a sculpture. Depicted are two standing figures flanked by two Garudas (half bird, half man figures) and two rampant lions.

Estimate € 750 - 850

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A pair of earrings
A pair of gold earrings with floral decoration on the front and reverse side. Approx. weight 15.7 grams.

Estimate € 850 - 1.500

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A Gau
A Gau, an amulet box made of red and yellow copper, with lotus flower and leaf motives in relief.

Estimate € 800 - 1.000

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Two Kapala’s
A smooth bronze skull offering bowl.

Estimate € 750 - 1.000

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A king and queen
Two gilt bronze statues of a Newar king and queen.

Estimate € 8.000 - 10.000

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A Purbhu
This wooden Purbhu is decorated with three painted wrathful deity heads in relief and a half Dorje finial. The three sided dagger with snakes is surmounted by the head of a Makara. The central part of the magical dagger has stylized endless knots and lotu

Estimate € 2.000 - 2.500

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A Thunra
A magical horn, Thunra. A horn carved with ritual instruments in relief, the point is decorated with a half Dorje. The top has a carved Makara head in wood.

Estimate € 2.500 - 3.000

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A Thanka of Guru Rimpoche
Guru Rimpoche is also known as Padmasambhava. Seated on a lotus base in Dhyanasana, holding a Dorje in his right hand and a Patra in his left hand, in the pit of his arm a Khadvanga, magical sceptre.

Estimate € 500 - 600

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Banners used for the Bar do ritual
'Bar do' literally means in between in the Tibetan language, symbolizing in between two worlds. These paintings are used during the ritual conducting the spirit of the deceased to the hereafter. There are 18 small paintings hanging from a coton cord. ever

Estimate € 1.500 - 2.000

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The Bodhisattva Amitayus
Amitayus is closely related to Amitabha, the Buddha of infinite light. A bronze statue of Amitayus is seated in Vajrasana holding a vase, Kalasha with Amrita, the immortality nectar and the leaves of the Ashoka tree, which symbolise a life without Shoka (

Estimate € 4.000 - 6.000

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A wooden bookcover with 9 images of Buddha Amitabha and 9 images of Bodhisattva Amitayus
A wooden bookcover with nine images of Buddha Amitabha and nine images of Bodhisattva Amitayus painted with gold and black on a red ground. Amitabha is the Buddha of infinite light and of the paradise of the west. Amitayus is Bodhisattva or long life.

Estimate € 850 - 950

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A wooden bookcover with traces of gilding
A Bumpa, a holy waterpot surrounded by curling foliage in relief on the side are carved decorations, on the reverse parts of the painted decoration are still visible with images of Buddha painted in red, gold and black.

Estimate € 1.000 - 1.500

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Two Sino-Tibetan silk brocade dragons
These two pieces of brocade were probably specially designed as a front for a pillowcase. The designs and color were exclusively made for high ranking people. Both textiles are decorated with water spitting dragons floating above turbulent water with af

Estimate € 850 - 950

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Textile with Buddhas and elephants, silk damask
Three images of Buddha Aksobhya on a lotus base. The Buddha is seated in Vajrasana with his hands in the Bhumisparshamudra, with a Dorje in his upturned left hand. Depicted on the border underneath the three Buddha figures are 12 elephants. the elephant i

Estimate € 850 - 950

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A book cover
A gilt wooden book cover with a Makara surrounded by curling foliage in relief.

Estimate € 4.000 - 5.000

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35
Four pillars and beams from the Mindrolin monastery
These four pillars would have been standing two by two in one of the prayer halls in the Mindrolin monastery. During the cultural revolution a big part of the monastery was destroyed. These architectural parts were sold to generate money for rebuilding th

Estimate € 7.000 - 10.000

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A table with Phoenix design
A table with one big drawer, the side panels are decorated with stylized cloud motives. The front panel has very beautiful open work carvings with two phoenix birds and flowers on a red and dark yellow ground surrounded by finely painted gold flower branc

Estimate € 650 - 750

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