London’s sales of Chinese Art totalled £18,279,875 with strong results in both our Single-Owner Auction of the Tsuneichi Inoue Collection and our Important Chinese Art Sale, far exceeding the combined pre-sale estimates.
The single-owner sale The Soul of Japanese Aesthetics: The Tsuneichi Inoue Collection encapsulated the most refined collecting taste in Japan in the early to mid-20th century. The white-glove auction, comprising of 69 lots, fetched a total of £7,912,750. Highlights included a Xuande Blue and White Facetted Vase which brought £3.85 million, a ‘Beishoku Guanyao’ Vase that sold for £1.09 million, and a Japanese painted earthenware female bust (Dogu) which fetched £1.01 million.
This sale of the collection formed by the Tokyo collector Tsuneichi Inoue encapsulates the best of collecting taste in Japan in the early to mid-20th century. Amongst the highlights feature an exceptionally rare early Ming Dynasty blue and white facetted vase, Xuande mark and period, a slip decorated Ding dish and a very rare Beishoku Guan vase, both from the Song Dynasty.