Published: January 15, 2002
EAST DENNIS, MASS. – A two-day auction of Asian Art was held at Eldred’s on November 30 and December 1. A large consignment from the estate of a Mid-Atlantic states collector comprised a significant portion of the sale as did a yatate collection from the Strong Museum of Rochester, N.Y.
The first day of Japanese art garnered the majority of the sale highlights. Of the two beautiful Meiji period cloisonné pieces by Namikawa Yasuyuki, the covered vase in butterfly and floral design consigned from Cotuit on Cape Cod was the top lot at $9,200 while a scent bottle in pilgrim flask form with bird, butterfly and flower cartouches brought $2,990.
Two Kinkozan Satsuma pottery vases sold well; one with finely detailed figural design from the Meiji period for $5,750 and one in inverted pear shape with figural design for $2,070.
The Strong Museum yatate collection brought exciting bids from the floor and also the telephones with a Nineteenth Century silver, shakudo, copper and gold scribe set bringing $3,910. Other notable yatate were a classic form mixed metal piece decorated with silver, gold and sentoku snakes wound about the copper handle that sold for $3,220, a Nineteenth Century brass percussion pistol yatate that brought $3,105, and an unusually short silver yatate with telescoping brush and a suede pouch with gold figural kanemono that garnered $1,995.
Other interesting Nineteenth Century yatate selling in the $1,500 to $2,000 range were a wood and silver scribe set with the brush case holding two brushes and a knife, a silver inkwell in sack form yatate with moon design, a wood one in the form of a doctor’s sword with lobster and wave design, and a silver yatate mounted with a mixed metal fuchi and decorated with butterflies.
The netsuke category offered a wood piece by Sosui depicting a groom washing a horse in a wooden tub for $3,450, an ivory netsuke depicting a rakan with mother-of-pearl and inlaid costume seated on a rock for $2,530, a wood netsuke by Toyomasa of a bird on a pine tree branch for $1,897, a stained ivory piece from the So School in the form of a chanting man standing with a mokugyo bell hung over his neck for $1,782, and a wood netsuke in the form of a kirin baying at the moon for $1,725.
The seven top woodblock prints were by Kawase Hasui; one of a beach house dated 1921 sold for $2,875, one of a night scene with snow falling on a temple for $1,610, one of a red temple in snow for $1,495, and one of a temple scene at night for $1,092. A beautiful late Meiji period ivory carving depicting a rooster with inlaid eyes and delicately carved tail feathers brought $2,760.
The second day of the auction focused on Chinese and Korean rdf_Descriptions beginning with snuff bottles. The top lot of the day was an enameled ruby glass snuff bottle in ovoid form with prunus design and a four-character Yung Cheng mark on base that brought $5,232.
Other notable snuff bottles were a lavender jadeite circa 1900 bottle in pilgrim flask form with mask and mock ring handles for $1,725, an early Twentieth Century coral snuff bottle in the form of a Buddha’s hand fruit for $1,380, and a pietra dura on celadon jade snuff bottle in rectangular form with mandarin duck and lakeside landscape design for $1,150.
Other notable rdf_Descriptions offered were a Nineteenth Century white jade alms bowl in lotus form with 12 petals carved with relief depictions of Buddha seated on clouds for $1,495, a pair of blue and white porcelain covered jars in baluster form with relief peony and underglaze blue kylin design for $1,150, a late Eighteenth Century finely carved soapstone figure of a sage dressed in a floral brocade robe for $1,064, and a pair of enamel decorated porcelain vases for $1,035. The top rdf_Description in the Korean section was a blue and white porcelain oil jar from the Yi Dynasty for $1,380.
All prices quoted include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.
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