Vietnamese-style lacquer paintings sell for high prices at Sotheby’s

Update: April, 02/2019 - 18:27
“Femmes Dans La Forêt” by Alix Angèle Marguerite Aymé sold for over US$151.200.
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Two lacquer paintings by noted French painter Alix Angèle Marguerite Aymé (1894-1989), who was a teacher of various leading painters in Việt Nam, sold at high prices at an auction held at Sotheby’s Hong Kong on April 1.

Her lacquer paintings titled Femmes Dans La Forêt (Women in the Forest) (150cm x 200cm) sold for over US$151,200, while her Liseuse À Côté De L’annamite (A Girl Reads on a Hill in Việt Nam) (46cm x 70cm) sold for $31,800.

Experts consider Femmes Dans La Forêt a masterpiece of Vietnamese lacquer art.

Born in France as Alix Angèle Marguerite Hava, the artist married Professor Paul de Fautereau-Vassel in 1920. The couple then moved to Shanghai and later to Hà Nội.

In 1925-1926, she taught drawing at the French Lycée in Hà Nội.

The couple returned to France to live between 1926 and 1928 and had a son. She then separated from Fautereau-Vassel and returned to Indochina with her young son.

In 1931 she remarried Colonel, later General, Georges Aymé, future deputy to Lieutenant-General Eugène Mordant, in command of the French Army in Indochina.

She also travelled and painted in Laos, as she was familiar with the family of King Sisavang Vong, and her large frescos were displayed in the Royal Palace in Luang Prabang.

She became a teacher at the École des Beaux-Arts de l’Indochine (School of Indochina Fine Arts), where she contributed to the birth of lacquer painting, according to fine arts experts.

At the school, she inspired many painters to make lacquer paintings, including noted painter Nguyễn Gia Trí (1908-1993).

At the same auction sale on April 1 in Hong Kong, titled Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art, the lacquer painting Goldfish (60cm x 100cm, 1953) by Trương Văn Thành sold for $22,000.

A lacquer box with an image of a countryside pond by Phạm Hậu (46cm x 23,5cm x 8,5cm, 1939-1940) sold for $25,400.

Another painting by Phạm Hậu titled L’entrée Du Village (121,5cm x 54cm) sold for $76,400.

At an auction sale on March 31, a decorative folding screen by Phạm Hậu with drawings of nine carp (180cm x 198cm, 1939-1940) sold for $878,300. — VNS

“Liseuse À Côté De L’annamite” by Alix Angèle Marguerite Aymé.
The lacquer painting “Goldfish” by Trương Văn Thành
A lacquer box by Phạm Hậu sold for $25.400.