A renewed energy is returning to the Japanese works of art market. At a time when the best Chinese works of art are undeniably expensive, some collectors are casting their net wider to embrace other aspects of the vast Asian art panoply. Sworders’ continued championing of ‘value for money’ Japanese works of art has been rewarded with some strong results for top-drawer Meiji period (1868-1912) metalwork and Satsuma in particular. Sold in November 2021, a silver and gold inlaid iron vase with a design of cranes signed Gyokutosai (£2,860) and a Satsuma vase signed Meizan (£1,820) were both signs of a return to form in this area.
There is also a thriving market for Japanese modern and contemporary paintings – in May 2020 we took £14,300 for Homage, an ink painting by Toko Shinoda (b.1913) – while earlier works from the Edo period can also bring impressive sums.
Unusually for an Asian art sale, the top price at Sworders' May 2019 sale was for a Japanese work of art – a rare early to mid-17th century export ware lacquer casket decorated in gold hiramaki-e, takamakie and nashiji techniques on a black ground. It sold well above estimate to a Hong Kong buyer bidding via the internet at £51,040.
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In our May auction of Asian Art we proudly present a rare consignment of Vietnamese contemporary fine art curated by acclaimed expert Raquelle Azran, with works from ten masters in their field including Phan Cam Thuong, Nguyen Bao Toan and Nguyen Quang Minh.
21 April 2022
Only a few select objects were required for the table of a Chinese scholar. There was an ink stone to grind up ink, brushes of different sizes for calligraphy, a brush washer for cleaning and a brush pot for storage.
24 March 2022
A collection of Chinese silver assembled by a family who lived in Shanghai in the early 20th century comes for sale at Sworders in November. The group of typical ‘export’ wares owned by the vendor’s grandparents who lived in ‘the Paris of the East’ had been stored in a trunk since the end of The Second World War.
19 October 2021