Asian Art - Strong Private Collections

India/Southeast Asia/China

The auction is strongly characterised by impressive objects from private collections. At the tip of the offer is the important collection of Dr Ludwig Jansen. As a collector, Jansen was primarily fascinated by the sculptural arts of India and Southeast Asia but also Tibet, be it in stone, bronze or wood. Two pieces in the collection are especially worth noting – for they are not only striking, large and rare. Three lots (3, 5, 8, see below) are from the important collection of the jewellery dealer Dr Kurt Erwin Stavenhagen (1899–1984), who emigrated to Mexico.

The highlight of the collection is a 65 cm tall South Indian bronze of Lakshmki (Shridevi), Tamil Nadu, Vijayanagara period, circa 15th century (lot 11, € 20/30,000). A further bronze of Bhudevi or Parvati made in around the 16th/17th century in the same region has an estimate of € 15/20,000 (lot 12).

Also from the above mentioned Stavenhagen Collection is another Indian sculpture, a stone sculpture of Parshvanatha, probably Madhya Pradesh, 9th/10th century (lot 3, € 10/15,000), and a further, very large, black stone stele of Surya (North-East India, Bihar, 11th/12th century) for the same estimate (lot 5).

From Tibet we have a fire-gilt bronze of Sitara (WhiteTara) from the early 18th century (lot 67, € 10/15,000) and a bronze Syamatara (GreenTara) from the 17th/18th century (lot 68, € 8/15,000). A large, magnificent Tibetan thangka of the Palden Lhamo from the 19th century has been valued at € 8/10,000 (lot 84), whilst a Tibetan Dharmacakramanjusri in the style of the 16th century and made of fire-gilt bronze is no less impressive despite its size of 9.8 cm (lot 79, € 18/22,000).

A 100.5 cm large figure of a Daoist emperor probably from the Ming dynasty has an estimate of € 60/80,000 (lot 89) and a large blanc de Chine figure of Guanyin from the early 20th century from the studio of Xu Youyi (1887–1940), Dehua, has been valued at € 30/40,000 (lot 154). An 18th century Chinese rhinoceros cup was formerly in the collection of Elisabeth Schucht (1888–1954), author of ‘Eine fliegt nach Fernost’ (lot 119, € 6/8,000).


A fine Buddhist mandala by the highly esteemed painter Sadatsuna Tokuei (active circa 1664-1688), acquired in the 1970s, has been consigned by a private collection (lot 203, € 12/15,000), whilst a multi-part lantern with a metal mon is probably from the Bälz Collection (lot 293, € 6/8,000). From another private collection, this time Belgian, is a nanban style wood and lacquer cabinet from the Momoyama period of the second half of the 16th century (lot 276, € 9/12,000), as well as a fine netsuke of an elderly Sennin made in the mid-18th century (lot 368, € 4/6,000).

Of exceptional quality, a 19th century boxwood snail from the Teddy Hahn Netsuke Collection, Darmstadt, has been valued at € 9/12,000 (lot 414). Once owned by Sidney L. Moss, a mid-19th century Nagoya School netsuke of a long-haired goat has been consigned by a collector from the Rhineland (lot 407, € 6/8,000).

A six-part standing screen from the Meiji period has an estimate of € 9/11,000 (lot 200), and a large zushi containing Amida Nyorai, made of black lacquered and gilt wood in the Edo period has an estimate of € 8/10,000 (lot 251). Two suits of armor from the 19th century have a catalogue price of € 12/14,000 (lot 315) and € 10/12,000 (lot 316).

We would like to take this opportunity to draw your attention to the 200-lot auction of Asian Art Online, running until 16th June.

Auction Dates

Auction 1204 - Asian Art online

Wednesday 25. 05. 2022 - Thursday 16. 06. 2022
Online Only
Wednesday, May 25 – Thursday, June 16

Lot 500 – 700

The Auction 1204 - Asian Art online runs as an Online Only Auction from May 25 to June 16. During this time, you can bid on the auction lots via the internet.

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Auction 1203 - Asian Art - East Asia

Asian Art
Saturday 11. 06. 2022, 11:00 am
Lot 1 - 422
Auction 1203
Saturday,June 11
11 am

India, South East Asia, Tibet, Nepal
Incl. Ludwig Jansen Collection
Lot 1 – 86

Lot 87 – 183
- Sculpture
- Arts & Crafts
- Ceramics & Porcelain
- Painting

Lot 200 – 422
- Painting & Woodcuts
- Arts & Crafts
- Armour, swords & Sword Jewellery
- Netsuke & Sagemono
Cologne, Neumarkt 3
Saturday, June 4, 11 am – 4 pm
Pentecost Sunday, June 5, closed
Monday, June 6, 11 am – 4 pm
Tuesday, June 7 – Thursday, June 9, 10 am – 5.30 pm
Friday, June 10, 10 am – 2 pm

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Edgar Abs
Press and public relations
Cologne, May 2022