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.

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A stool
A Mangbetu stool decorated with a face on each side.

Estimate € 800 - 900

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A small stool with a stylised head
A wooden stool with a very nice patina.

Estimate € 600 - 700

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Two terracotta pots
The design is made using a special technique splashing natural dye on the hot pot.

Estimate € 650 - 950

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A throwing knife
A chief's knife with an ivory grip.

Estimate € 500 - 600

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A throwing knife from the Kota
An iron throwing shaped like a hornbill bird's head.

Estimate € 600 - 700

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Two terracotta pipe bowls and a rhyton
Two pipe bowls one with a stylized head and one with geometric floral designs.

Estimate € 500 - 600

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A divination bowl and a fan
A bird with a dish on his back and a snake in his beak. These dishes were used at an oracle ritual.

Estimate € 550 - 650

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Three pieces of currency
A double iron bell.

Estimate € 400 - 500

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Two pieces of currency
A styled iron throwing knife with a curl.

Estimate € 500 - 600

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A currency piece
A copper currency piece shaped like a big round anklet.

Estimate € 500 - 600

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A ritual iron ornament and two weapons/currency pieces
A ritual iron with a mythological animal from the Bamana tribe.

Estimate € 800 - 900

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Three pieces of spear currency
Three iron spears with wood.

Estimate € 400 - 600

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Three pieces of currency
A Topoke, spear currency made of iron.

Estimate € 700 - 900

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One currency piece
An abstract shaped iron currency piece.

Estimate € 600 - 700

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Three currency pieces
An iron styled throwing knife without grip.

Estimate € 700 - 800

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Two pieces of currency
An anchor shaped iron currency piece from the Kwele in gabon.

Estimate € 600 - 900

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Three pieces of currency
A red copper cross.

Estimate € 700 - 900

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306
An iron currency piece
The whole piece is made in iron.

Estimate € 1.200 - 1.500

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Iron currency piece
The whole piece is made in iron.

Estimate € 800 - 900

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A baton
A light colored wooden baton with a nice patina and a female figurine finial.

Estimate € 400 - 500

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A big bell
This big bell was used as instrument and as a currency piece for big purchases.

Estimate € 500 - 600

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A shield
An iron shield with geometric designs in relief.

Estimate € 400 - 500

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A bell
A big iron bell used as an instrument during festivals and as currency piece.

Estimate € 500 - 600

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A shield
A leather shield reinforced with wood.

Estimate € 550 - 650

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A trumpet and a musical instrument
A sideways blown horn made of ivory, Mpungi/Kithenda.

Estimate € 550 - 750

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314
A shield
A shield made of interwoven reed with a wooden handle on the reverse.

Estimate € 600 - 700

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315
A gold bead with a frog
The bead with frog design was made by cire perdue casting in gold.

Estimate € 2.000 - 3.000

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316
A pair of earrings, Fulani
These big gold earrings are worn by the Peul and Fulani women. Approx. weight 40.6 grams.

Estimate € 1.500 - 2.000

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An ivory sword
A ritual sword used as a status symbol by the king.

Estimate € 1.500 - 2.000

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318
A neckrest and an apron
The wooden neckrest has traces of pigments.

Estimate € 400 - 500

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A long light coloured Kuba textile with geometric patterns
This textile could have been worn by men and women.

Estimate € 500 - 600

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A very long red coloured Kuba textile
This textile is made of woven natural fibers and worn by men and women.

Estimate € 300 - 400

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Two Kuba textiles
These textiles are made by the Showa clan, thay are woven by the men. The fabric is made from the heart of a young palm trees. Showa Kuba textiles were also used as a medium of exchange, the value given to the textile was based on the complex design and t

Estimate € 450 - 550

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Two Kuba textiles
Two Showa Kuba textiles made of woven natural fibres. The value given to the textile was based on the complex design and amount of time spent on making the textile.

Estimate € 450 - 550

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Two Kuba textiles
Two Showa Kuba textiles made of woven natural fibers and decorated with geometric designs.

Estimate € 450 - 550

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A Kuba textile
A very rare patchwork textile in indigo blue and natural colours.

Estimate € 250 - 450

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