Outstanding Private Collections


The upcoming two-day Asian art auction offers once again high-quality artworks from all corners of Asia, featuring three noteworthy German private collections:
The Gerda and Gottfried Hertel Collection (lots 329 – 343) with primarily archaic Chinese bronzes, the equally exciting Gerda Sökeland Collection with important Tibetan thangkas and a second part featuring a fine selection of Tibetan and Nepalese sculptures. No less remarkable is the collection of Japanese inrô from the property of German lady ...

The top lots of the Chinese works of art offered, each estimated at € 20/30,000, are a huanghuali wood cabinet (lot 391) and a famille rose pedestal stand for a jardinière from the late Qing dynasty (lot 420). Whilst a doucai dish from the Yongzheng period is valued at € 18/20,000 (lot 422), two dragon robes from the 19th century each have an estimate of € 10/15,000 (lots 387/388). A painting after Qui Ying (1494-1552) has been valued at € 25/30,000 (lot 423), and a 7 x 15.1 cm rhinoceros cup from the 18th century is set at € 40/60,000 (lot 377). Following the very successful sale of archaic bronzes in the spring season and a rising international demand, further archaic Chinese bronzes as well as other objects will be offered from the Gerda and Gottfried Hertel Collection (lots 329 – 343).

The highlight takes the form of a large ding-type food vessel from North China, 5th century B.C., made during the Eastern Zhou/late Spring and Autumn period (lot 329, € 10/15,000). The Tibetan art shines with a strong offer of important thangkas. This field already has recorded growing interest in recent auctions and we are now proud to auction the Gerda Sökeland Collection (lots 305 – 314), which includes a black-ground thangka from the 17th century estimated at € 10/15,000, and a further important example from the 18th century valued at € 15/20,000 (lots 305 and 306). The collection is complemented by a selection of Tibetan and Nepalese sculptures (lots 435 – 444).

Alongside high-quality lacquer works of art – as seen in previous auctions – a group of netsuke of remarkable quality and quantity is offered, one highlight of which takes the form of sansukumi from around 1880 for € 4/6,000 (lot 228). The market-fresh pieces are mostly from a private Hamburg collection.

From a further German private collection, that of a German lady, are 22 inrô (lots 111 – 132). These were collected from the early 1970s until 2002 with a special focus on quality and condition and are particularly noteworthy for the completeness of many of the ensembles. Thus, in some cases, inrô, ojime and netsuke match in motif and form splendid testimonies of artistic craftsmanship, paired with high standards of elegance. One of the top lots is a signed inrô from the mid-19th century (lot 121, € 4/5,000).

The section of Indian art displays a rich selection of sculptures, dominated by an 11th century Central Indian dark grey stone pilaster for € 15/20,000 (lot 254). A devi from the 17th century in Pre-Angkor style has an estimate of € 18/20,000 (lot 278), as does a further sandstone work from the 17th century, this time of a male torso in Baphuon style from the Cambodian Khmer kingdom (lot 279).