Gandhara region/Pakistan, 2nd/3rd cent. Grey chist. A fine figure of a seated Buddha in flowing robe (sanghati). The legs crossed and the hands folded palm upwards (dhyana mudra). The head with serene facial expression and characteristic hair, haloed by a circular disc. On a conical lotus throne with 2 horizontal registers. On Perspex-stand with metal pin. H. of the figure 27 cm. - Lit.: Zwalf, A Catalogue of the Gandharan Sculpture in the British Museum, London 1996, p. 28, pl. 34. - Prov.: Rare Chinese Bronzes and Works of Art from an important private collection in France (Lot 700 - 721). The following group of bronzes, ceramics and jade objects are part of an old noble collection in Southern France. The collection has been assembled since the 19th cent. By an art-minded entrepreneur and has been in the estate of the family by descent ever since. The family kept manifold private and commercial relations to China and was able to build up an exquisite and important collection. A selection of these marvelous objects is now being offered and is available to the global art market for the very first time. The objects demonstrate the fascination for Chinese and Asian Art and the collecting passion of an intellectual gentleman and connoisseur.