Fine Japanese Art

Online Auction: 6–15 May 2020 • 2:00 PM BST • London
Fine Japanese Art 6–15 May 2020 • 2:00 PM BST • London

T he sale begins with a private European collection of prints, showcasing works by Hiroshige and Hokusai. These are followed by a small group of modern paintings by Key Sato and Matazō Kayama, watercolours by Bernard Leach and ceramics by Shōji Hamada. It continues with a fine group of ceramics from the late 17th and early 18th Century, with a selection of late 17th century pieces made for European export. These are accompanied by some fine enamels from the Meiji period, including a vase and cover with a scene of a temple signed Kyoto Namikawa. The sale culminates with a group of a lacquer from a New York collector.

Sale Highlights

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  • Yamaguchi Kaoru (1907–1968)
    A Festival (Aru Saiten)
    Showa Period, 20th Century
    Estimate £3,000–4,000

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  • Kayama Matazō (1927–2004)
    Insect (Konchū)
    Showa Period, 20th Century (1960s)
    Estimate £7,000–9,000

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  • Bernard Leach (1887–1979)
    Japanese Waterfall
    20th Century
    Estimate 1,500–2,000

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  • Bernard Leach (1887–1979)
    Volcanic Peaks, Hawaii
    20th Century
    Estimate £2,000–3,000

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  • Hamada Shōji
    A Stoneware Vase
    Estimate £2,000–3,000

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  • Wakita Kazu (1908–2005)
    Rolling Bottle (Korogaru Bin)
    Showa Period, Late 20th Century
    Estimate £5,000–8,000

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  • Sato Key (1906–1978)
    Rivière De Pierre
    Showa Period, 20th Century
    Estimate £5,000–8,000

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  • Inoue Yūichi (1916–1985)
    Hana [Flower]
    Showa Period, 20th Century
    Estimate £10,000–15,000

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  • Hamada Shōji (1894–1978)
    A Stoneware Albarello Vase
    Showa Period, 20th Century
    Estimate £2,000–3,000

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Modern Paintings

This group of modern paintings features some of the work of Japan’s mid to late 20th century figurative and abstract artists, who were greatly influenced by 20th century Western Art and found strong global recognition for their liberated and expressive style. These are accompanied by two beautiful watercolours by the British potter, Bernard Leach, whose oeuvre evokes his devotion to and fascination with Japan and its artistic heritage.

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