Japanese Ceramics & Works of Art Auction Highlights | 20 May 2021

Japanese Ceramics & Works of Art Auction Highlights | 20 May 2021

Japanese Ceramics & Works of Art Auction Highlights | 20 May 2021

On 20 May, we have our Japanese, Chinese, Indian and Islamic Ceramics and Works of Art auction. The auction features a lovely selection of Japanese ceramics, works of art and furniture. Ahead of the auction, we take a look at some of the highlights.

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A Large Japanese Lacquered Cabinet

One of the top lots from the selection of Japanese works is Lot 632, a large Japanese lacquered cabinet from the Meiji Period. It is designed in rectilinear form with two panelled doors opening to a suite of two long, six medium and three short drawers. 

Inline Image - Lot 632: A Large Japanese Lacquered Cabinet | Est. £8,000-12,000 (+fees)
Lot 632: A Large Japanese Lacquered Cabinet | Est. £8,000-12,000 (+fees)

It is beautifully decorated with a large rice boat amidst a fleet of similar vessels with Manchurian Cranes in flight above with Fujiyama in the distance, the front drawers then feature a peacock and other feathers. This is  all in togidashi, nashiji, gold, silver and coloured takamakie and hiramakie with gold foil details, dots of spray inlaid in silver, all hinges, lockplates, corner mounts and handles in gilt copper chased with clouds. The cabinet is then signed inside one door "Seijusai Kakushu" with kaolin.

Inline Image - Lot 632 (Detail)
Lot 632 (Detail)

A Japanese Namban Lacquer Casket

We also have Lot 631, a Japanese Namban lacquer casket from the Momoyama-Early Edo Period. It is made in the typical rectangular form with domed lid. The sides feature asa-ho-ha borders in gold lacquer and abalone shell, the cover and front feature further decoration with shaped panels of a Ho-o bird, paulownia trees and other foliate designs, with brass handle and lock plate.

Inline Image - Lot 631: A Japanese Namban Lacquer Casket | Est. £1,000-1,500 (+fees)
Lot 631: A Japanese Namban Lacquer Casket | Est. £1,000-1,500 (+fees)

A large pair of Japanese Arita Porcelain Floor Vases

From Berwick House in Shropshire, we have Lot 652, this large pair of Japanese Arita porcelain floor vases from the Meiji-Taisho Era. Each has a tapered body rising to a knopped, cylindrical neck with an undulating, everted mouth. They are decorated in underglaze blue with scenes of Ho-o birds amid cherry trees in gardens. The neck then features floral roundels on a karakusa ground.

Inline Image - Lot 652: A large pair of Japanese Arita Porcelain Floor Vases | Est. £2,000-3,000 (+fees)
Lot 652: A large pair of Japanese Arita Porcelain Floor Vases | Est. £2,000-3,000 (+fees)

HODODA: A Japanese Satsuma Pottery Bowl

Another highlight is Lot 661, this Japanese satsuma pottery bowl from the Meiji Period. It is of circular form with lobed rim and is raised on a tall splayed foot. The base is marked with a Shimazu mon "Dai Nihon Hododa dzu". The exterior features flying Tennins and diaper borders. 

Inline Image - Lot 661: HODODA: A Japanese Satsuma Pottery Bowl | Est. £600-800 (+fees)
Lot 661: HODODA: A Japanese Satsuma Pottery Bowl | Est. £600-800 (+fees)

The interior is then decorated in typical overglaze enamels and gilding, depicting a festival day in a temple precincts.

Inline Image - Lot 661 (Detail)
Lot 661 (Detail)

AUCTION DETAILS
Thursday 20 May | 10.30am
Donnington Priory, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 2JE

This is a live online auction with an auctioneer.

VIEWING:
Viewing will be by appointment and in accordance with Covid-19 regulations:

  • Sunday 16 May: 10am-3pm
  • Monday 17 May: 10am-5pm
  • Tuesday 18 May: 10am-5pm
  • Please note there is no viewing on the morning of the sale.

To book an appointment to view, please email asian@dreweatts.com or call +44 (0) 1635 553 553 

Our specialists will also be providing detailed conditions reports and additional images as requested.

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