TOKYO CHUO AUCTION TO HOLD 5TH ANNIVERSARY SALES
Featuring Rare Imperial Works of Art, Chinese Paintings & Calligraphy and
Precious Tea Wares
Tokyo Preview & Auctions: 2-5 September 2015 at Tokyo Dome Hotel, Tokyo
Tokyo Chuo Auction will hold its 5th anniversary sales at Tokyo Dome Hotel from 2 to 5 September 2015, featuring over 1,000 exceptional artworks including rare Imperial works of art, classical and modern Chinese paintings, and Buddhist sculptures, as well as fine jewellery and watches. Many of the art pieces have been sourced from eminent Japanese collections and will be appearing in the auction market for the first time. Exquisite tea wares from distinguished Japanese collections will also be offered in the "Ichigo Ichie: The Art of Tea Ceremony" sale.
The 5th anniversary auctions will feature an Important Chinese Art Evening Sale, in which the most notable piece will be Arhat by Jin Nong (1687-1764) (Estimate: JPY15,000,000-25,000,000). Heralded as one of The Eight Eccentrics of Yangzhou, the artist's style is brilliantly reflected in this innovative painting. The Evening sale will also showcase an exceptional selection of artworks formerly in the collection of the Ming and Qing courts. One of the highlight is Tribute Giraffe with Attendant by Shen Du (1357-1434) (Estimate: JPY8,000,000–12,000,000) from an important Japanese collection. The giraffe, a gift to the Chinese Emperor Yongle (1403-1424) from Bengal, was seen as extremely auspicious and an acknowledgement of the Ming empire’s power and prosperity, as well as reflecting the glories of the Silk Road. Making its appearance again in the market, the present lot is believed to have been collected overseas. In the 20th century, it was discovered by Mayuyama Ryusendo in the United States and brought to Japan. Another important piece is Spectacular Landscapes by Wang Fu (1362-1416) (Estimate: JPY160,000,000– 240,000,000).
The sale will also feature a series of carefully selected artworks from the former collection of Baron Konoike’s family, highlighted by a Ru-type ruyi-handled vase, Qianlong six-character mark and period (Estimate: JPY20,000,000-30,000,000),
The "Ichigo Ichie: The Art of Tea Ceremony" sale will present a variety of carefully selected agarwood pieces, of which the most important is a fine Kinam agarwood piece (Estimate: JPY80,000,000-100,000,000). Also on offer is a gold teapot with taotie designed by Hata Zoroku (Estimate: JPY12,000,000-15,000,000). Weighing 1278g, it is the heaviest amongst similar works crafted by the master.
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