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Bak Koi Tay(1939-2005)
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Tay Bak Koi (1939-2003) Singapore River

Lot 1: Tay Bak Koi (1939-2003) Singapore River

Auction Date: Nov 27, 2021

Estimate: HKD100,000 - HKD120,000

Description: Tay Bak Koi (1939-2003)
Singapore River
circa 1970s

signed
oil on canvas

101 by 103.5 cm.
39 6/8 by 40 6/8 in.
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Location: Admiralty, HK

Auction House: Bonhams

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Tay Bak Koi (1939-2003) Spring Pasture

Lot 2: Tay Bak Koi (1939-2003) Spring Pasture

Auction Date: Nov 27, 2021

Estimate: HKD80,000 - HKD120,000

Description: Tay Bak Koi (1939-2003)
Spring Pasture
1996

signed and dated 96
oil on canvas

98 by 70 cm.
38 5/8 by 27 4/8 in.
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Location: Admiralty, HK

Auction House: Bonhams

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TAY BAK KOI (SINGAPOREAN 1939-2005) UNTITLED

Lot 322: TAY BAK KOI (SINGAPOREAN 1939-2005) UNTITLED

Auction Date: Nov 05, 2021

Estimate: £400 - £600

Description: TAY BAK KOI (SINGAPOREAN 1939-2005) UNTITLED ??? ?? ???? ?? mixed media on paper, framed, signed 'Bak Koi' lower-middle right (59.5cm x 59.5cm) Qty: (1) Provenance: Private Scottish collection, by repute acquired from Singapore in the early 1980s Footnote: Note: A second-generation Singaporean artist, Tay Bak Koi is well known for paintings with Southeast Asian themes, this includes the portrayals of fishing villages, kampong scenes and buffalo. Over and beyond the quintessential realistic depiction of Southeast Asian lives, his distinctive style combined a mixture of realism and fantasy to create truly unique works of art. Predominantly using oil paint, watercolour was another favoured medium for Tay. In the example presented here, Tay employs watercolour as the base, oil, gouache or other mediums to detail the landscape, achieving a sense of tranquillity and modernity....

Location: London, LDN, UK

Auction House: Lyon & Turnbull

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TAY Bak Koi (Singapore 1939-2003), Two Figures by a River, W/Clr & Gouache, 22x25cm

Lot 284: TAY Bak Koi (Singapore 1939-2003), Two Figures by a River, W/Clr & Gouache, 22x25cm

Auction Date: Oct 24, 2021

Estimate: AUD600 - AUD1,000

Description: TAY, Bak Koi (Singapore 1939-2003)
Two Figures by a River
Signed lower right.
W/Clr & Gouache
22x25cm
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Location: Sydney, NSW, AU

Auction House: Davidson Auctions

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TAY BAK KOI (Singaporean, 1939–2005) Harvest oil on canvas on masonite

Lot 133: TAY BAK KOI (Singaporean, 1939–2005) Harvest oil on canvas on masonite

Auction Date: Oct 18, 2021

Estimate: AUD2,000 - AUD3,000

Description: TAY BAK KOI(Singaporean, 1939–2005)
Harvest
oil on canvas on masonite
Signed lower right.
Raya gallery label to verso.
22.5 x 29cm
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Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU

Auction House: Leonard Joel

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Tay Bak Koi (Singaporean, 1939-2005) 'Under the Shade'

Lot 43: Tay Bak Koi (Singaporean, 1939-2005) 'Under the Shade'

Auction Date: Sep 14, 2021

Estimate: £800 - £1,200

Description: Tay Bak Koi (Singaporean, 1939-2005)
'Under the Shade'
signed 'Bak Koi' (centre left), inscribed with title (next to gallery stamp within frame)
watercolour and gouache
66.4 x 66cm (26 1/8 x 26in).
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Location: London, LDN, UK

Auction House: Bonhams

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Tay Bak Koi (b. Singapore, 1939 - d. 2005) Fishing Village, 1966

Lot 123: Tay Bak Koi (b. Singapore, 1939 - d. 2005) Fishing Village, 1966

Auction Date: Aug 22, 2021

Estimate: RM5,500 - RM9,500

Description: On offer here is an ink and gouache on paper which illustrate a peaceful setting of fishing village. It is a serene village view with a few beautifully rested boats parked on the side and some figures are seen riding their boats to commute. This piece is an example of simplicity at its best. Tay Bak Koi, who studied at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Art in 1957-1960, worked in the Nanyang Style. The son of a seafood wholesaler, he had his first solo of 40 works at the Singapore National Library in 1964. In October 1996, The Art Gallery Penang hosted a solo for him, In Harmony With Nature. Bak Koi’s works are in the collection of the National Gallery Singapore, Singapore Hilton and Bahrain’s Sheikh Isa Rashed al-Kalifa....

Location: Bangsar, MY

Auction House: Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers

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TAY BAK KOI | Landscape with the Blue Tree

Lot 12: TAY BAK KOI | Landscape with the Blue Tree

Auction Date: Mar 28, 2021

Estimate: $2,800 - $3,800

Description: 60 x 60 cm ; 77 x 67 x 2 cm (with frame)
mixed media on paper, framed
signed lower right

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Location: Singapore, SG

Auction House: 33 Auction

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TAY BAK KOI : Village in the Hills, 1970's

Lot 28: TAY BAK KOI : Village in the Hills, 1970's

Auction Date: Mar 28, 2021

Estimate: RM7,000 - RM15,000

Description: Tay’s paintings are adorned with neutral colours, complemented by complexity and richness both in texture and form, which far surpass those of his earlier paintings. His works embody a dreamlike quality, often blurring the lines between fantasy and reality, emitting a sense of tranquillity, and even timelessness. As portrayed in this gouache on paper piece, there’s a 69 sense of tranquility that surrounds this work. This circular artwork is something one dreams of, depicting a small village set among nature, with undulating hills as its backdrop and a small river is seen near the village, with a raft docked at the bank....

Location: Selangor, MY

Auction House: KLAS Art Auction

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Tay Bak Koi (b. Singapore, 1939 - d. 2005) Untitled, 1996

Lot 105: Tay Bak Koi (b. Singapore, 1939 - d. 2005) Untitled, 1996

Auction Date: Mar 21, 2021

Estimate: RM70,000 - RM100,000

Description: This must be one of the best executed of Tay Bak Koi’s inimitable buffalo pictures to come into the market. Instead of the usual bright colours, a tawny brown veneer permeates with the lie of land and natural protrusions forming a geometric play with the animals’ hump backs. The Singapore critic Chia Wai Hon praised Bak Koi’s buffaloes as “… tightly stylized creature with a massive body supported on two pairs of inverted V-shaped legs, a small head and a sharp hump…” Singapore’s pioneer gallerist Della Butcher wrote: “Tay Bak Koi’s paintings are unmistakable. He combines fantasy and reality with such skill that his work has an appeal which is a mixture of colour, blending fine draftsmanship (sic, draughtsmanship) and impressionist mystery, a unique combination.” Tay Bak Koi, who studied at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Art in 1957-60, worked in the Nanyang Style. The son of a seafood wholesaler, he had his first solo of 40 works at the Singapore National Library in 1964. In October 1996, The Art Gallery Penang hosted a solo for him, In Harmony With Nature. Bak Koi’s works are in the collection of the National Gallery Singapore, Singapore Hilton and Bahrain’s Sheikh Isa Rashed al-Kalifa....

Location: Bangsar, MY

Auction House: Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers

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TAY BAK KOI | River Mouth

Lot 34: TAY BAK KOI | River Mouth

Auction Date: Dec 21, 2020

Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000

Description: 59.5 x 110.5 cm; 76.5 x 127.5 cm (with frame)
mixed media on paper, framed
signed lower middle

This work is located in Singapore
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Location: Singapore, SG

Auction House: 33 Auction

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TAY BAK KOI | Buffaloes with Wholesome Meal

Lot 33: TAY BAK KOI | Buffaloes with Wholesome Meal

Auction Date: Dec 21, 2020

Estimate: $14,000 - $20,000

Description: 67 x 91 cm ; 79 x 100 cm (with frame)
oil on canvas, framed
signed lower left

This work is located in Singapore
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Location: Singapore, SG

Auction House: 33 Auction

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TAY BAK KOI : Malay Fishermen, 1981

Lot 20: TAY BAK KOI : Malay Fishermen, 1981

Auction Date: Dec 13, 2020

Estimate: RM18,000 - RM35,000

Description: The lines between fantasy and reality are often blurred when it comes to works done by Tay Bak Koi. He incorporates that idyllic and dream-like quality into his paintings and made it his signature. In fact, he is known for merging fantasy with realism. For instance, his realistic sceneries and landscapes are often injected with fairytale-like interjections. This emphasises the hybridisation of reality and perception, as seen in this piece. As indicated by its title, the ‘Malay Fishermen standing in the Water, 1981’ is a serene work depicting seven fishermen standing waist-deep in water with their rods and straw hats....

Location: Selangor, MY

Auction House: KLAS Art Auction

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TAY BAK KOI (1939-2005) Buffaloes Grazing on Field oil on canvas 120 x 181.

Lot 302: TAY BAK KOI (1939-2005) Buffaloes Grazing on Field oil on canvas 120 x 181.

Auction Date: Dec 03, 2020

Estimate: HKD140,000 - HKD220,000

Description: TAY BAK KOI (1939-2005) Buffaloes Grazing on Field oil on canvas 120 x 181.5 cm. (47 1/4 x 71 1/2 in.)...

Location: Hong Kong, HK

Auction House: Christie's

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TAY BAK KOI (1939-2005) Clifford Pier oil on canvas 86.5 x 100 cm. (34 x 39

Lot 306: TAY BAK KOI (1939-2005) Clifford Pier oil on canvas 86.5 x 100 cm. (34 x 39

Auction Date: Dec 03, 2020

Estimate: HKD100,000 - HKD150,000

Description: TAY BAK KOI (1939-2005) Clifford Pier oil on canvas 86.5 x 100 cm. (34 x 39 3/8 in.)...

Location: Hong Kong, HK

Auction House: Christie's

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Tay Bak Koi (b. Singapore, 1939 - d. 2005) Untitled, 1999

Lot 124: Tay Bak Koi (b. Singapore, 1939 - d. 2005) Untitled, 1999

Auction Date: Nov 15, 2020

Estimate: RM80,000 - RM140,000

Description: A herd of buffaloes in Tay Bak Koi’s inimitable style of the animals shaped like Minangkabau roofs provides a welcome distraction in this work with two cowherds resting on the side. The topography is punctuated by the white curved horns like little sickels. The sharp-angled hump forms with thinly etched outlines and the play of colours are as bright as the blue hues enhance the beauty of this piece. The artist created a good composition: the buffaloes were painted in different angles (back, front, side), 6 herds positioned at the front, 3 herds at the back, coupled with the path that led to the back, giving a good depth. Chia Wai Hon wrote on his buffaloes: “… tightly stylised creature with a massive body supported on two pairs of inverted V-shaped legs, a small head and a sharp hump…” Tay Bak Koi, who studied at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1957-1960, worked in the Nanyang Style. The son of a seafood wholesaler, he had his first solo of 40 works at the Singapore National Library in 1964. In October 1996, The Art Gallery Penang hosted a solo for him, In Harmony With Nature....

Location: Bangsar, MY

Auction House: Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers

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Tay Bak Koi (b. Singapore, 1939 - d. 2005) Kampong Houses On The River, 1974; Untitled, undated

Lot 125: Tay Bak Koi (b. Singapore, 1939 - d. 2005) Kampong Houses On The River, 1974; Untitled, undated

Auction Date: Nov 15, 2020

Estimate: RM7,000 - RM12,000

Description: On offer here are a set of ink and gouache which both illustrate a peaceful setting. Kampong Houses On The River depicts a serene village view with a few beautifully rested boats parked on the center. Another piece depicts two figures enjoying each other’s company and the riverscape. Tay Bak Koi, who studied at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1957-1960, worked in the Nanyang Style. The son of a seafood wholesaler, he had his first solo of 40 works at the Singapore National Library in 1964. In October 1996, The Art Gallery Penang hosted a solo for him, In Harmony With Nature....

Location: Bangsar, MY

Auction House: Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers

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TAY BAK KOI : Village in the Hills, 1970s

Lot 26: TAY BAK KOI : Village in the Hills, 1970s

Auction Date: Sep 06, 2020

Estimate: RM12,000 - RM20,000

Description: Tay’s paintings are adorned with neutral colours, complemented by complexity and richness both in texture and form, which far surpass those of his earlier paintings. His works embody a dreamlike quality, often blurring the lines between fantasy and reality, emitting a sense of tranquillity, and even timelessness. As portrayed in this gouache on paper piece, there’s a sense of tranquility that surrounds this work. This circular artwork is something one dreams of, depicting a small village set among nature, with undulating hills as its backdrop and a small river is seen near the village, with a raft docked at the bank....

Location: Selangor, MY

Auction House: KLAS Art Auction

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TAY BAK KOI : Untitled, Circa 1980’s

Lot 25: TAY BAK KOI : Untitled, Circa 1980’s

Auction Date: Sep 06, 2020

Estimate: RM13,000 - RM18,000

Description: The Singaporean landscapes in Tay’s paintings thrive on a palette dominated by neutral colours. Their complexity and richness both in texture and form far surpass those of his earlier paintings. Progressing from the bold and abstract, Tay’s works subsequently embodied a dreamlike quality, often blurring the lines between fantasy and reality, emitting a sense of tranquillity, and even timelessness. Veiled behind earthy hues, Tay illustrates two sprawled villages or ‘kampung’ and two tiny subjects....

Location: Selangor, MY

Auction House: KLAS Art Auction

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TAY BAK KOI : Untitled, Circa 1980’s

Lot 25: TAY BAK KOI : Untitled, Circa 1980’s

Auction Date: Jul 12, 2020

Estimate: RM15,000 - RM25,000

Description: A shroud of enigma blankets this painting, urging its viewers to take a closer look to discern its scene. In Tay’s distinctive manner, he combines a blend of both realism and fantasy to create truly unique works of art, as seen in this painting. Although he emphasises on the observable reality, he engages his piece and the audience in a process of exclusion and distortion, in order to reduce complex forms to their basic shapes. As a result, there is a keen appreciation and presentation of the two-dimensional aspects of his pieces. Tay Bak Koi specialised in oil and watercolour and his works have been exhibited extensively in Singapore and various other countries, including Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, Germany and the United States. Tay’s talent for drawing was discovered by his father’s friend, who subsequently enrolled him in the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1957. His teacher, the late Cheong Soo Pieng, taught him to appreciate existing works of art in new ways and to challenge conventional art forms....

Location: Selangor, MY

Auction House: KLAS Art Auction

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TAY BAK KOI : Forest, Circa 1980’s

Lot 24: TAY BAK KOI : Forest, Circa 1980’s

Auction Date: Jul 12, 2020

Estimate: RM15,000 - RM25,000

Description: It’s easy to be immersed in Tay Bak Koi’s works, especially this piece. In a distant, two figures that look tiny amidst the mangrove forest seem to be wading through the waters, in search of a catch for the day. With the employment of hues of blue, white and grey, this work is immensely eye-catching and masterful. The Singaporean landscapes in Tay’s paintings thrive on a palette dominated by neutral colours. Their complexity and richness both in texture and form far surpass those of his earlier paintings. Progressing from the bold and abstract, Tay’s works subsequently embodied a dreamlike quality, often blurring the lines between fantasy and reality, emitting a sense of tranquillity, and even timelessness. Tay Bak Koi was a second-generation Singaporean artist who is fondly reminisced for his illustrations of urban landscapes, fishing villages and kampong scene....

Location: Selangor, MY

Auction House: KLAS Art Auction

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TAY BAK KOI (1939-2005) - Buffaloes

Lot 296: TAY BAK KOI (1939-2005) - Buffaloes

Auction Date: Jul 11, 2020

Estimate: HKD120,000 - HKD220,000

Description: TAY BAK KOI (1939-2005)
Buffaloes
oil on canvas
113.5 x 165.5 cm. (44 5/8 x 65 1/8 in.)
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Location: Hong Kong, HK

Auction House: Christie's

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[ASIAN ARTS, LITERATURE & PHOTOGRAPHY] TAY BAK KOY (1939-2005)

Lot 1463: [ASIAN ARTS, LITERATURE & PHOTOGRAPHY] TAY BAK KOY (1939-2005)

Auction Date: Jun 30, 2020

Estimate: €1,250 - €2,500

Description: Mountainous landscape with house. Watercolour with gouache. 30 x 30 cm. Signed lower left. Framed under glass.
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Location: Amsterdam, NL

Auction House: Zwiggelaar Auctions

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TAY BAK KOI (1939-2005) Grass Lizard oil on canvas 78.5 x 101.5 cm. (30 7/8 x 40 in.)

Lot 179: TAY BAK KOI (1939-2005) Grass Lizard oil on canvas 78.5 x 101.5 cm. (30 7/8 x 40 in.)

Auction Date: Nov 24, 2019

Estimate: HKD90,000 - HKD120,000

Description: TAY BAK KOI (1939-2005)
Grass Lizard
signed in Chinese, signed 'Bak Koi’ (lower left)
oil on canvas
78.5 x 101.5 cm. (30 7/8 x 40 in.)
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Location: Hong Kong, HK

Auction House: Christie's

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TAY BAK KOI (1939-2005) Market Scene oil on canvas 65 x 101 cm. (25 5/8 x 39 3/4 in.)

Lot 174: TAY BAK KOI (1939-2005) Market Scene oil on canvas 65 x 101 cm. (25 5/8 x 39 3/4 in.)

Auction Date: Nov 24, 2019

Estimate: HKD100,000 - HKD180,000

Description: TAY BAK KOI (1939-2005)
Market Scene
signed and dated ‘Bak Koi 67’ (lower left); inscribed ‘TAY BAK KOI 96-A MOH GUAN TERRACE SINGAPORE – 3 Tel. 981889 ‘ (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
65 x 101 cm. (25 5/8 x 39 3/4 in.)
Painted in 1967
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Location: Hong Kong, HK

Auction House: Christie's

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Tay Bak Koi Singaporean, 1939-2005 Untitled, 1963

Lot 2019: Tay Bak Koi Singaporean, 1939-2005 Untitled, 1963

Auction Date: Nov 06, 2019

Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000

Description: Tay Bak Koi
Singaporean, 1939-2005
Untitled, 1963
Signed Bak Koi and dated 63 (ll)
Oil on jute canvas
32 5/8 x 22 1/2 inches (83 x 57 cm)

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Location: New York, NY, US

Auction House: Doyle New York

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Tay Bak Koi (b. 1939 - d. 2005) Untitled, 1998

Lot 104: Tay Bak Koi (b. 1939 - d. 2005) Untitled, 1998

Auction Date: Nov 03, 2019

Estimate: RM80,000 - RM145,000

Description: Tay Bak Koi’s buffaloes bear striking stylistic similarities with those of Tew Nai Tong, unsurprisingly as they were contemporaries at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Art (NAFA), Singapore, with him graduating a year later in 1957-1960, but with them on different sides of the causeway divide. Tay’s buffaloes are much more linear, flat and abstract with the same double points resembling a Minangkabau roof. In 1996 (Oct 27 - Nov 14), Tay Bak Koi held a solo exhibition at the Art Gallery, Penang, called ‘In Harmony With Nature’. It was his 13th solo and his second in Penang, held after his 1990 Impression show at the Singapore National Museum Art Gallery. Indeed, in 1994, he and Nai Tong held a joint exhibition at Shenn’s Fine Art in Singapore. A second-generation Singapore artist, he was somewhat of a rebel at NAFA, being better known for his selling crabs at a market stall, although his works are aggregated in the Nanyang Style popularised by Cheong Soo-pieng and Chen Wen-hsi. In the Reminiscences Of The South Seas (Shenns’ Fine Art, 1994), Chia Wai Hon wrote: “The highly stylised creature with a massive body supported on two pairs of inverted V-shaped legs, a small head and a sharp hump, have remained with him to this day.” This major piece has 13 buffaloes in it!

His notable solos are in 1964 (Tengah Airport Club, Singapore, his first), 1990 (Impression: The Art Of Tay Bak Koi, National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore) and a ‘memorial’ in 2007 (Reminiscences, Stamford House, Singapore). In 1963, he was already known to Malaysian audiences with a group exhibition at Penang’s Salon de Mai.
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Location: Bangsar, MY

Auction House: Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers

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TAY BAK KOI : Courting, 1980s

Lot 34: TAY BAK KOI : Courting, 1980s

Auction Date: Jul 07, 2019

Estimate: RM12,000 - RM18,000

Description: "Second-generation Singaporean artist, Tay Bak Koi is fondly known for his illustrations of urban landscapes, fishing villages and ?kampungê. He was born in 1939. His artistic beginnings came from an innate talent and potential, which was later recognised by his fatherês friend, who subsequently enrolled him in the prestigious Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) in 1957. To date, his works have been featured in numerous exhibitions around the world, including Hong Kong, Australia, Germany, Japan and the United States. One can discern that Tayês artistic career has gone through a distinct evolution. When he began in 1964, his works emanated a strong resemblance to his mentor, Cheong Soo Piengês. Then, as Tay gained experience and grew in experimentation, his art started to come to life in a unique way. The Singaporean landscapes in Tayês paintings thrive on a palette dominated by neutral colours. Their complexity and richness both in texture and form far surpass those of his earlier paintings. Progressing from the bold and abstract, Tayês works subsequently embodied a dreamlike quality, often blurring the the lines between fantasy and reality, emitting a sense of tranquillity, and even timelessness."...

Location: Selangor, MY

Auction House: KLAS Art Auction

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Tay Bak Koi (b. 1939 - d. 2005) Untitled, c. 1990s

Lot 109: Tay Bak Koi (b. 1939 - d. 2005) Untitled, c. 1990s

Auction Date: Jun 30, 2019

Estimate: RM60,000 - RM100,000

Description: A herd of buffaloes in Tay Bak Koi’s inimitable style of the animals shaped like Minangkabau roofs provides a welcome distraction in this work with two cowherds watching over. The topography is punctuated by the white curved horns like little sickels. The sharp-angled hump forms with thinly etched outlines and the play of colours are reminiscent of the cretaceous sandstone-and-siltstone rainbow mountains of China at the Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009. Earlier works of buffaloes were limited to mostly green and blue. Chia Wai Hon wrote on his buffaloes: “… tightly stylised creature with a massive body supported on two pairs of inverted V-shaped legs, a small head and a sharp hump…”

Tay Bak Koi, who studied at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Art in 1957-1960, worked in the Nanyang Style. The son of a seafood wholesaler, he had his first solo of 40 works at the Singapore National Library in 1964. In October 1996, The Art Gallery Penang hosted a solo for him, In Harmony With Nature.
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Location: Bangsar, MY

Auction House: Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers

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TAY BAK KOI (SINGAPORE, 1939-2005) In View of Temple oil on canvas 99.5 x 99 cm. (39 1/8 x 39 in.)

Lot 197: TAY BAK KOI (SINGAPORE, 1939-2005) In View of Temple oil on canvas 99.5 x 99 cm. (39 1/8 x 39 in.)

Auction Date: May 26, 2019

Estimate: HKD150,000 - HKD200,000

Description: TAY BAK KOI (SINGAPORE, 1939-2005)
In View of Temple
signed 'Bak Koi' and signed again in Chinese (lower left)
oil on canvas
99.5 x 99 cm. (39 1/8 x 39 in.)
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Location: Hong Kong, HK

Auction House: Christie's

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Tay Bak Koi (Singaporean, b. 1939) On the Way Home

Lot 25: Tay Bak Koi (Singaporean, b. 1939) On the Way Home

Auction Date: Mar 29, 2019

Estimate: HKD15,000 - HKD20,000

Description: Tay Bak Koi (Singaporean, b. 1939)
On the Way Home signed 'Bak Koi', lower left.gouache on paper60 x 85 cm. (23 5/8 x 33 1/2 in.)

??? ???? ????Provenance:Private Collection, IndonesiaArt in Post-War Singapore: A Dialogue with History and the PresentThe second generation of Singapore artists have distinguished themselves from their predecessors by pushing the creative boundaries of the established Nanyang style while retaining its essence through the employment of non-conventional materials and mediums in their works. Born in the 1930s and 40s, these artists came into their prime in the 1960s and 70s, working against a backdrop of turbulent times of political and social changes. The zeitgeist of the post-war era challenged these artists to break away from the conventional to find new ways in representing Nanyang style, and to forge new aesthetics that represent the country's social and cultural identity. These artists' resilience and zeal propelled them to venture into lesser used mediums such as batik, aluminium and woodcuts, to capture and express the conditions of their time. Multiple lots by some of the most well-established second-generation artists are presented at Bonhams this season to represent the diversity of artistic practices that were present in Singapore in the post-war era. Batik and woodcut were used as a new field of art to figuratively portray romantic scenes and colours of the Nanyang landscape and way of life by See Cheen Tee (1928-1996), Chieu Shuey Fook (b. 1934), Seah Kim Joo (b. 1939), and Tay Chee Toh (b. 1941). Aluminium, on the other hand, was employed by Vincent Hoisington in his metal relief work, to mould a new visual language to echo the nation's industrialisation and urban development. Abstraction as a visual style was adopted by Vincent Hoisington (1924-1972), Tay Bak Koi (b. 1939) and Thomas Yeo (b. 1936), as these artists departed from the figurative narrative to convey the mood and atmosphere of the time. The Nanyang Style cultivated by the first-generation artists was both encompassed and resisted by these second-generation artists. The collective efforts of these artists to explore and innovate in the post-war era hence further the historical dialogue of the Singaporean artistic identity that they were grappling with.
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Location: Admiralty, HK

Auction House: Bonhams

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Tay Bak Koi (b. 1939 - d. 2005) Untitled, 1999

Lot 109: Tay Bak Koi (b. 1939 - d. 2005) Untitled, 1999

Auction Date: Mar 24, 2019

Estimate: RM50,000 - RM80,000

Description: Tay Bak Koiâ??s buffaloes bear striking stylistic similarities with those of Tew Nai Tong, unsurprisingly as they were contemporaries at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Art (NAFA), Singapore, with him graduating a year later in 1957-1960, but with them on different sides of the causeway divide. Tayâ??s buffaloes are much more linear, flat and abstract with the same double points resembling a Minangkabau roof. In 1996 (Oct 27-Nov 14), Tay Bak Koi held a solo exhibition at The Art Gallery, Penang, called In Harmony With Nature. It was his 13th solo and his second in Penang, held after his 1990 Impression show at the Singapore National Museum Art Gallery. Indeed, in 1994, he and Nai Tong held a joint exhibition at Shennâ??s Fine Art in Singapore. A second-generation Singapore artist, he was somewhat of a rebel at NAFA, being better known for his selling crabs at a market stall, although his works are aggregated in the Nanyang Style popularised by Cheong Soo-pieng and Chen Wen-hsi. In the Reminiscences Of The South Seas (Shennâ??s Fine Art, 1994), Chia Wai Hon wrote: â??The highly stylised creature with a massive body supported on two pairs of inverted V-shaped legs, a small head and a sharp hump, have remained with him to this day.â?�

Tay Bak Koiâ??s auction record was SGD66,080 set at the 33 Auction on Sept 1, 2013, for his Fisherman work. His notable solos are in 1964 (Tengah Airport Club, Singapore, his first), 1990 (Impression: The Art Of Tay Bak Koi, National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore) and a â??memorialâ?? in 2007 (Reminiscences, Stamford House, Singapore). In 1963, he was already known to Malaysian audiences with a group exhibition at Penangâ??s Salon de Mai.
99 x 119cm
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Location: Bangsar, MY

Auction House: Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers

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TAY BAK KOI : At the Estuary, 1989

Lot 62: TAY BAK KOI : At the Estuary, 1989

Auction Date: Feb 24, 2019

Estimate: RM12,000 - RM18,000

Description: To date, his works have been featured in numerous exhibitions around the world, including Hong Kong, Australia, Germany, Japan and the United States. One can discern that Tayâ??s artistic career has gone through a distinct evolution. When he began in 1964, his works emanated a strong resemblance to his mentor, Cheong Soo Piengâ??s. Then, as Tay gained experience and grew in experimentation, his art started to come to life in a unique way. The Singaporean landscapes in Tayâ??s paintings thrive on a palette dominated by neutral colours. Their complexity and richness both in texture and form far surpass those of his earlier paintings. Progressing from the bold and abstract, Tayâ??s works subsequently embodied a dreamlike quality, often blurring the lines between fantasy and reality, emitting a sense of tranquillity, and even timelessness....

Location: Selangor, MY

Auction House: KLAS Art Auction

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TAY BAK KOI | Resting By The River

Lot 31: TAY BAK KOI | Resting By The River

Auction Date: Jan 26, 2019

Estimate: $5,500 - $7,500

Description: 71 x 110 cm
gouache and watercolour on paper, framed
signed lower left
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Location: Singapore, SG

Auction House: 33 Auction

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Tay Bak Koi (1939-2005) Singaporean. Untitled, Abstract, Mixed Media, Signed and Dated '64, 22" x 29.75".

Lot 178: Tay Bak Koi (1939-2005) Singaporean. Untitled, Abstract, Mixed Media, Signed and Dated '64, 22" x 29.75".

Auction Date: Nov 28, 2018

Estimate: £3,000 - £4,000

Description: Tay Bak Koi (1939-2005) Singaporean. Untitled, Abstract, Mixed Media, Signed and Dated '64, 22" x 29.75"....

Location: Haslemere, SRY, UK

Auction House: John Nicholsons Fine Art Auctioneer & Valuer

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TAY BAK KOI : Farmers in A Paddy Field, 1970's

Lot 50: TAY BAK KOI : Farmers in A Paddy Field, 1970's

Auction Date: Nov 18, 2018

Estimate: RM5,000 - RM7,000

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Location: Petaling Jaya, MY

Auction House: KLAS Art Auction

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TAY BAK KOI (SINGAPOREAN, 1939-2005) CHILDREN FLYING KITES, 1988 59x59cm (sight)

Lot 126: TAY BAK KOI (SINGAPOREAN, 1939-2005) CHILDREN FLYING KITES, 1988 59x59cm (sight)

Auction Date: Nov 07, 2018

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Description: TAY BAK KOI (SINGAPOREAN, 1939-2005)
CHILDREN FLYING KITES, 1988
watercolour on paper, signed 'Tay Bak Koi' in English, dated 1988, framed and glazed
59x59cm (sight)
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Location: London, LDN, UK

Auction House: Lyon & Turnbull

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TAY BAK KOI | Homebound Cattle

Lot 25: TAY BAK KOI | Homebound Cattle

Auction Date: Nov 04, 2018

Estimate: $14,000 - $20,000

Description: 55 x 75 cm
oil on canvas
signed and dated 96 lower right; signed, titled and dated 96 verso
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Location: Singapore, SG

Auction House: 33 Auction

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TAY BAK KOI (b. 1939 - d. 2005) Buffaloes With Farmers, - 1996

Lot 106: TAY BAK KOI (b. 1939 - d. 2005) Buffaloes With Farmers, - 1996

Auction Date: Oct 28, 2018

Estimate: RM45,000 - RM80,000

Description: Tay Bak Koi's buffaloes bear striking stylistic similarities with those of Tew Nai Tong, unsurprisingly as they were contemporaries at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Art (NAFA), Singapore, with him graduating a year later in 1957-1960, but with them on different sides of the causeway divide. Tay's buffaloes are much more linear, flat and abstract with the same double points resembling a Minangkabau roof. In 1996 (Oct 27-Nov 14), Tay Bak Koi held a solo exhibition at the Art Gallery, Penang, called ‘In Harmony With Nature'. It was his 13th solo and his second in Penang, held after his 1990 Impression show at the Singapore National Museum Art Gallery. Indeed, in 1994, he and Nai Tong held a joint exhibition at Shenn's Fine Art in Singapore. A second-generation Singapore artist, he was somewhat of a rebel at NAFA, being better known for his selling crabs at a market stall, although his works are aggregated in the Nanyang Style popularised by Cheong Soo-pieng and Chen Wen-hsi. In the Reminiscences Of The South Seas (Shenns' Fine Art, 1994), Chia Wai Hon wrote: “The highly stylised creature with a massive body supported on two pairs of inverted V-shaped legs, a small head and a sharp hump, have remained with him to this day.�

Tay Bak Koi's auction record was SGD66,080 set at the 33 Auction on Sept 1, 2013, for his Fisherman work. His notable solos are in 1964 (Tengah Airport Club, Singapore, his first), 1990 (Impression: The Art Of Tay Bak Koi, National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore) and a ‘memorial' in 2007 (Reminiscences, Stamford House, Singapore). In 1963, he was already known to Malaysian audiences with a group exhibition at Penang's Salon de Mai.
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Location: Bangsar, MY

Auction House: Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers

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Bak Koi Tay. Fishermen by Landscape, watercolor

Lot 2153: Bak Koi Tay. Fishermen by Landscape, watercolor

Auction Date: Oct 06, 2018

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000

Description: (Republic of Singapore,1939-2005). Watercolor on paper, signed "Bak Koi" ll, sight size: 17 1/2 x 17 1/2 in., framed...

Location: Towson, MD, US

Auction House: Alex Cooper

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TAY BAK KOI : Crossing the River

Lot 17: TAY BAK KOI : Crossing the River

Auction Date: Sep 23, 2018

Estimate: RM2,500 - RM6,000

Description: The lines between fantasy and reality are often blurred when it comes to works done by Tay Bak Koi. He incorporates that idyllic and dream-like quality into his paintings and made it his signature. In fact, he is known for merging fantasy with realism. For instance, his realistic sceneries and landscapes are often injected with fairytale-like interjections. This emphasises the hybridisation of reality and perception, as seen in this piece. Tay Bak Koi was an artist renowned for his portrayals of fishing villages, kampung scenes and urban landscapes. He specialised in oil and watercolour and his works have been exhibited extensively in Singapore and various other countries, including Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, Germany and the United States. TayÕs talent for drawing was discovered by his fatherÕs friend, who subsequently enrolled him in the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1957. His teacher, the late Cheong Soo Pieng, taught him to appreciate existing works of art in new ways and to challenge conventional art forms....

Location: Petaling Jaya, MY

Auction House: KLAS Art Auction

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TAY BAK KOI : At the Estuary, 1989

Lot 51: TAY BAK KOI : At the Estuary, 1989

Auction Date: Sep 23, 2018

Estimate: RM8,000 - RM18,000

Description: Second-generation Singaporean artist, Tay Bak Koi is fondly known for his illustrations of urban landscapes, fishing villages and ÔkampungÕ. He was born in 1939. His artistic beginnings came from an innate talent and potential, which was later recognised by his fatherÕs friend, who subsequently enrolled him in the prestigious Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) in 1957. However, TayÕs father wasnÕt supportive of this decision as he expected Tay to help out with the family business and eventually take over it. Despite his ordeal and isolation, Tay remained resolute in his pursuit and was determined to thrive as an artist with a unique personal style. Tay, a rebellious teen at NAFA, soon disliked the establishment for being structurally rigid and he refused to conform. Instead, he spent much of his three-year course selling crabs at his fatherÕs market stall while experimenting with oils and watercolours which later became his forte. Tay knew that his career and life thenceforth would involve the arts, specifically as an artist. It was at NAFA where Tay befriended and soon after became the disciple of the late Cheong Soo Pieng, one of the founding fathers of the Nanyang-style of paintings. Cheong is widely revered for his experiments in brush techniques and the amalgamation of EastWest elements in his paintings. Cheong had a great influence on TayÕs works. In fact, many artworks produced during the primordial days of his artistic career in the 1960Õs resemble the mark of his former teacherÕs style. While it took him several years, Tay, known for his dedication to perfecting pictorial techniques and developing his own range of stylised images, eventually broke from the mould and found his own niche. Despite the arduous challenge faced by first and secondgeneration artists to make a living in Singapore, Tay persisted. He gained his first commercial breakthrough in the late 1970Õs when the prestigious Hilton Hotel recognised his talent and commissioned him to create 300 paintings to line the walls of the hotel. This marked the beginning of an illustrious art career for Tay. To date, his works have been featured in numerous exhibitions around the world, including Hong Kong, Australia, Germany, Japan and the United States. ARTISTIC STYLE PROGRESSION One can discern that TayÕs artistic career has gone through a distinct evolution. When he began in 1964, his works emanated a strong resemblance to his mentor, Cheong Soo PiengÕs. Then, as Tay gained experience and grew in experimentation, his art started to come to life in a unique way. TayÕs paintings of the landscapes in Singapore thrive on a palette dominated by cool colours. Their complexity and richness both in texture and form far surpass those of his earlier paintings. Progressing from the bold and abstract, TayÕs works subsequently embodied a dreamlike quality, often blurring the lines between fantasy and reality, emitting a sense of tranquillity, and even timelessness. The artist continued his tinkering on canvas for six years before he fashioned his own unique visual interpretation of buffaloes, which would become a distinctive mark in many of his paintings. The animals, depicted in an askew geometrical form, are highly stylised, with comically massive bodies supported on two pairs of inverted V-shaped legs, and with small heads and sharp humps. TayÕs illustrious career came to a soaring end when he passed away in 2005. Two years after his death, a solo exhibition of TayÕs works was hosted by the Stamford House of Singapore, a tribute to the artist entitled, ÔReminiscences of Tay Bak KoiÕ. In 2013, a group comprising art collectors celebrated the legacy of the late artist by presenting an exhibition, ÔReminiscing Tay Bak KoiÕ. A form of mini retrospective, the showcase unveiled over 40 of TayÕs works, some dating back to his juvenescence as an artist. However, what took prominence during the showcase was a two-metre, mammoth of oil composition of buffaloes accomplished by Tay in the 1980Õs....

Location: Petaling Jaya, MY

Auction House: KLAS Art Auction

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Bak Koi Tay (1939-2005)

Lot 206: Bak Koi Tay (1939-2005)

Auction Date: Sep 12, 2018

Estimate: €1,500 - €2,500

Description: Fisher men (2) one signed 'Bak Koi' (left centre), signed and with address in Singapore (on the reverse). Both with (remains of) label from Alpha Gallery (on the reverse). watercolour on paper(2), 41,5x43 cm...

Location: 's-Gravenhage, NL

Auction House: Venduehuis der Notarissen

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TAY BAK KOI : Untitled, 1965

Lot 23: TAY BAK KOI : Untitled, 1965

Auction Date: Jul 08, 2018

Estimate: RM18,000 - RM36,000

Description: Tay Bak Koi was an artist renowned for his portrayals of fishing villages, kampung scenes and urban landscapes. He specialised in oil and watercolour and his works have been exhibited extensively in Singapore and various other countries, including Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, Germany and the United States. TayÕs talent for drawing was discovered by his fatherÕs friend, who subsequently enrolled him in the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1957. His teacher, the late Cheong Soo Pieng, taught him to appreciate existing works of art in new ways and to challenge conventional art forms...

Location: Petaling Jaya, MY

Auction House: KLAS Art Auction

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TAY BAK KOI : Untitled

Lot 50: TAY BAK KOI : Untitled

Auction Date: Jul 08, 2018

Estimate: RM8,000 - RM18,000

Description: A second generation Singaporean artist, Tay Bak Koi is well known for his portrayals of fishing villages as portrayed in this artwork, besides kampong scenes and buffalo. While his medium of choice was predominantly oil, watercolour was another favoured medium of his. In his distinctive manner, he combines a blend of both realism and fantasy to create truly unique works of art, as seen in this painting. Although he emphasises on the observable reality, he engages his piece and the audience in a process of exclusion and distortion, in order to reduce complex forms to their basic shapes. As a result, there is a keen appreciation and presentation of the two-dimensional aspects of his pieces. Tay Bak Koi specialised in oil and watercolour and his works have been exhibited extensively in Singapore and various other countries, including Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, Germany and the United States. TayÕs talent for drawing was discovered by his fatherÕs friend, who subsequently enrolled him in the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1957. His teacher, the late Cheong Soo Pieng, taught him to appreciate existing works of art in new ways and to challenge conventional art forms....

Location: Petaling Jaya, MY

Auction House: KLAS Art Auction

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TAY BAK KOI (SINGAPORE, 1939-2005) - Chinese Calligraphy

Lot 361: TAY BAK KOI (SINGAPORE, 1939-2005) - Chinese Calligraphy

Auction Date: May 27, 2018

Estimate: HKD150,000 - HKD250,000

Description: TAY BAK KOI (SINGAPORE, 1939-2005)
Chinese Calligraphy
oil on canvas
70 x 100 cm. (27 1/2 x 39 3/8 in.)
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Location: Hong Kong, HK

Auction House: Christie's

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TAY BAK KOI (SINGAPORE, 1939-2005) - Serenity by the River

Lot 365: TAY BAK KOI (SINGAPORE, 1939-2005) - Serenity by the River

Auction Date: May 27, 2018

Estimate: HKD20,000 - HKD30,000

Description: TAY BAK KOI (SINGAPORE, 1939-2005)
Serenity by the River
ink and colour on paper
60 x 61.5 cm. (23 5/8 x 24 1/4 in.)
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Location: Hong Kong, HK

Auction House: Christie's

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TAY BAK KOI | Kelong

Lot 2: TAY BAK KOI | Kelong

Auction Date: May 20, 2018

Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000

Description: 45 x 90 cm
watercolour and gouache on paper, framed
signed middle right

???«??» ?? ?? ?? ??
??:Bak Koi(??)
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Location: Singapore, SG

Auction House: 33 Auction

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TAY BAK KOI | Harvest Time

Lot 9: TAY BAK KOI | Harvest Time

Auction Date: May 20, 2018

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000

Description: 57 x 19 cm
gouache and watercolour on paper, framed
signed lower left

???«??» ?? ?? ?? ??
??:Bak Koi(??)
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Location: Singapore, SG

Auction House: 33 Auction

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TAY BAK KOI | 3 Sisters

Lot 8: TAY BAK KOI | 3 Sisters

Auction Date: May 20, 2018

Estimate: $3,500 - $4,500

Description: 59 x 59 cm
watercolour and gouache on paper, framed
signed lower middle

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??:Bak Koi(??)
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Location: Singapore, SG

Auction House: 33 Auction

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