505 - The Asian Art Sale including the collection of Drs. Koos de Jong - Part One
Sale: Monday 5 November 2018, 2 p.m.
Viewing: Friday 2 - Sunday 4 November, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Prior viewing possible by appointment.
In this auction AAG has brought together a broad collection of Asian works of art from various European collections. The catalogue encompasses 339 lots, comprising porcelain, earthenware, carvings, netsuke, scrolls, snuff bottles, silver objects, bronzes, sculptures and furniture.
Included in this sale is the first part of the private collection of art historian and former museum director Drs. Koos de Jong, which, right from its start in the 1970’s, focused on early Chinese ceramics, bronzes and sculptures (5000 BC to 1424 AD). These objects are of the absolute highest interest and museum quality, most of them beyond comparison.
Top on the list is a magnificent and unique Jizhou-type conical shaped bowl dating from the Song dynasty, decorated with a poem by the famous philosopher and poet Zhu Xi (1130-1200) in gold luster. Estimate for lot 40 is € 45.000 - 60.000.
In addition to several other Chinese ceramics in this section, two exceptional sculptures will be auctioned as well. The first, lot 17 is an important and extremely rare gold Xiongnu crest of a headdress in the shape of a mythological animal dating from the Warring States period. A similar crest shaped as a stag with scrolling antlers is part of the collection of the Shaanxi History Museum. These precious metal luxury objects were probably produced by Chinese craftsmen for Scythian or Ukok nomads living at the north-western borders, an absolute rare find offered in this sale with an estimate of only € 50.000 - 75.000.
The cover of this catalogue is decorated with an important Chinese gilt-bronze figure of a crouching tiger dating from the late Warring States period or early Western Han Dynasty. The function of these kind of objects is still under debate, it is generally accepted that these were used in tombs as weights for garments. Although similar objects are seldomly available on the market, lot 18 has an attractive valuation of € 70.000 - 90.000.
Besides this collection, many other objects are included in this sale, as well as a vast selection of ‘kraak porselein’, Chine de commande and Blanc de Chine.
Dating from the 17th century is the large Chinese Transitional blue and white bowl, decorated with a pavilion in a river landscape, figures, houses and flowers. With its refined decoration and a diameter of nearly 35 cm, this is a notable piece. Estimate for lot 78 is € 3.000 - 5.000.
Dating from the Yongzheng period, over a century later, we have included a Chinese blue and white ‘hundred boys’ bowl. The joyous scene of boys dancing and playing music, makes this decoration very sought-after. Estimate for lot 110 is € 3.000 - 5.000.
Lot 198 is of the later Guangxu period, and a true eye-catcher. This Chinese taste charger in powder blue is gilt-decorated with a fierce dragon contesting the flaming pearl and comes from a private Italian collection. Estimate € 8.000 - 12.000.
Those passionate for snuff bottles, will be enthusiastic about the private collection included in this catalogue. Lot 228 comes from the Imperial Palace workshop in Beijing and is decorated with a colourful Chinese poem and mark of the Qianlong emperor. This amethyst-coloured glass snuff bottle topped with a jadeite stopper is valued at € 3.000 - 5.000.
One of several lots of furniture is the set of two Chinese huanghuali horseshoe-back armchairs with matching table. All three are characterized by the warm and flaming veins of this rare and expensive rosewood. Estimate for lot 244 is € 4.000 - 6.000.
The collection of Japanese scroll paintings from renowned paper restorer Peter Poldervaart is also included. One of the highlights is lot 259, consisting of four Japanese folding screen panel paintings by Soga Shohaku (1730-1781). These were previously owned by the world famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who started incorporating Japanese screens in his interior designs at the beginning of the 20th century, which was considered to be very progressive. Estimate for these € 4.000 - 8.000.
The various Japanese netsuke in this sale make great collectables: as each miniature is meticulously carved, these are absolute conversation pieces. Estimates vary from € 500 - 1.200.
After the other Japanese lots on offer, the catalogue concludes with a selection of cultural objects from Tibet, Burma, Nepal, Thailand and India. The auction ends with lot 339, an exceptional Indian bronze figure of Vishnu, dating from the 18th or 19th century. With its height of more than 50 cm, and its prolonged provenance, this sculpture is offered with a tempting valuation of € 2.500 - 3.500.
The abovementioned is only a small selection of the vast assemblage offered. We therefore invite you to browse the online catalogue here and hope to welcome you in our saleroom soon!
If you are unable to attend the auction, we would like to inform you of the other possibilities of participating in the auction here.
Any restorations or defects of the lots on offer are not listed in the catalogue. If you would like to receive more information on the condition of a lot, we request you contact us for a condition report.