Imperial jade seals from China and Japanese woodcut prints and netsuke please bidders

Auction 1249 - Asian Art. Post-auction report

A pair of imperial jade seals were the star of this year’s Spring auction season. Numerous bidders in a well-attended room as well as on the telephones and online also multiplied the expectations for further lots, and the large offer of netsuke was almost completely sold. The total result of the auction reached 2.64 million euro and thus double the total estimate (1.34 million).

An outstanding pair of imperial jade seals rose to an exceptional result following a long bidding battle. Numerous bidders in the room, online and on the telephones pushed the exclusive pair up to a result of 705,000 euro. A further, celadon coloured pair of jade seals from the Qianlong dynasty also changed hands for a six-figure sum. Both pairs now move to private collections in China.

The highly important imperial Chengni inkstone in the form of a tiger found a new home in Hong Kong with a result of 100,000 euro. This lot was part of a collection from which nine pieces featured in the auction. A Westphalian family had collected and treasured the valuable items over generations, with some on long-term loan to the Museum of Asian Art in Berlin-Dahlem.

A pair of chairs with horseshoe backs sold to a buyer in China. Made in the 17th century, a private collector secured them for 144,000 euro. Also coveted by many bidders was a standing screen inlaid with jade from the Ming and Qing periods. The elaborately decorated piece was finally sold for 119,000 euro. The six panels that make up the screen offer a special opportunity to display collector’s items from older times in a particularly striking way. 

Japanese woodcut prints from the collection of Theodor Scheiwe were also much sought-after. The lots from this important private collection including ‘Eyebrow pencil’ by Itô Shinsui with the highest result of 7500 euro. The sheet was sold to the German trade.

Nearly all the netsuke in the auction found buyers. One piece which stood out was in the form of a ronin lurking under a raffia cloak disguised as a peasant. An Eastern European private collection secured the small work of art, almost identical to a netsuke in the British Museum, for 30,000 euro.

The netsuke of a reclining oni was also auctioned in the five-figure range, with a German private collector investing 13,000 euros, whilst a large netsuke of a yawning okame with a baby achieved 12,000 euro. Altogether, the netsuke realised a total of 304,000 euros in the auction.

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Auction 1249 - Asian Art

Asian Art
Tuesday 18. 06. 2024, 11:00 am
Lot 1 - 460
Auction 1249
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Cologne
Tuesday 18 June 2024
11 am (406 lots)
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Friday June 14
10 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.

Saturday/Sunday June 15/16
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Monday June 17
10 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.
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