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Duke's to offer the Roger Moss Collection of Important Chinese Sculpture

Duke’s are proud to be offering the Roger Moss Collection of Important Chinese Sculpture as part of the specialist Asian Art Auction on Thursday 16th November.

Roger Moss OBE studied Social Anthropology under Edmund Leach at Cambridge University. Sometime later, having graduated in 1959, he followed three previous generations in becoming a Chartered Accountant.

He pursued an interesting and varied career before becoming Finance Director of British Airways. Roger was a born collector. From 1976, when he entered the world of high finance, he was able to indulge his passion for Chinese sculpture and works of art. In 1984 he moved to Hong Kong to become the Finance Director of the MTRC (Mass Transit Railway Corporation). His arrival in Hong Kong coincided with a period of great opportunity for the discerning collector.

Despite a hectic business schedule, which also included a role as International Advisor to Goldman Sachs (Asia), Roger found time to study and refine his collection of Buddhist Sculpture. He brought a rigorous and academic approach to the formation of an extensive reference library and he engaged with a wide circle of friends including academics, museum curators and fellow collectors. Many of these friendships were forged whilst Roger was the President of the Oriental Ceramic Society in Hong Kong. The noted scholar of Chinese Art, Ann Paludan, remarked on a hand-written note to Moss in 2013: “I often think of your extraordinary, wonderful and unique collection.”

Leading the way in the sale will be a fine and important stone Buddhist triad group from the Northern Wei Dynasty (AD386-534), standing at 18 inches high it shows Buddha carved in the centre flanked by two bodhisattvas and a pair of seated lions and is estimated at £30,000-£50,000. The Northern Wei rulers were ardent supporters of Buddhism, a ‘foreign’ religion brought to China from Central Asia by traders and Buddhist missionaries.

Duke’s specialist Asian Art auction will also include fine Chinese, Japanese, South East Asian and Indian works of art, for further information please contact Duke’s on 01305 265080 or email [email protected]