05 mai 2015

Five magatama, Japan, Kofun period from the Tsuneichi Inoue Collection at Sotheby's, 13 may 2015

Two magatama, Japan, Kofun period (250-538). Estimate 2,000 — 3,000 GBP (2,713 - 4,070 EUR). Photo Sotheby's. one of glass or jade-simulant, comma-shaped form, the other of jade, modelled as a crescent-shaped bead with a serrated edge, carved with lappets arranged in a semicircle, each pierced with an aperture at one end, Japanese wood boxes. Quantité: 4. The largest: 8cm., 3 1/8 in. Provenance: One (left): Mayuyama & Co. Ltd., Tokyo. Exhibition:One (left): Tokubetu... [Lire la suite]
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18 avril 2015

Bonhams to auction five masterpieces of the Meiji period

Iron model of a spiny lobster, made by an unknown artisan. Estimated at £30,000-40,000 (€42,000 - 56,000). Photo Bonhams. LONDON.- Five exquisite items from the Meiji Period, including delicate cloisonné and magnificent ironwork, will lead the Fine Japanese Art auction at Bonhams New Bond Street on 14 May. Estimates for the lots, made by some of the greatest craftsmen of the era, range from £5,000-8,000 to £30,000-40,000. The top lot of the Meiji Period items in the auction is a fully articulated iron model... [Lire la suite]
11 avril 2015

An inquiring mind: American collecting of Japanese and Korean art at Christie's

  An impressive iron articulated model of a dragon, Edo period (18th - 19th century), signed Myochin Nobuie and kao (cursive monogram). Estimate: $300,000 – 400,000. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2015. NEW YORK, NY.- On April 22, Christie's will offer An Inquiring Mind: American Collecting of Japanese and Korean Art, a selection of 130 works mainly from illustrious private and public collections. This rich and varied sale, with estimates ranging from $1,500 up to $600,000 includes works of antiquity, screens,... [Lire la suite]
10 avril 2015

Tenjin - Sugawara no Michizane, Japon, ca 19ème siècle

Tenjin - Sugawara no Michizane, Japon, ca 19ème siècle.  Estimation : 2 000 € / 3 000 €. Photo Cornette de Saint-Cyr Bois laqué. H. 53 cm Très belle représentation de Tenjin assis, tenant une tablette de la main droite. "Tenjin" est en fait l'abréviation de Tenman Daijizai Tenjin, titre divin attribué à Sugawara no Michizane (845-903), illustre homme d'état, savant et artiste  disgracié et exilé à priori à tort. Il fut d'abord considéré comme un esprit rancunier et farouche qu'il fallait se ménager, et donc... [Lire la suite]
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09 avril 2015

Bonhams offers magnificent incense burner by Japanese master

  Shoami Katsuyoshi (1832-1908),  inlaid bronze plum blossom koro (incense burner) and cover, 1889, Meiji Period, Japan. Estimate £75,000-80,000.  Photo: Bonhams. LONDON.- An inlaid bronze plum blossom koro (incense burner) and cover by the Japanese metalworker, Shoami Katsuyoshi (1832-1908), will be auctioned in the Fine Japanese Art sale at Bonhams New Bond Street on 14 May. The koro, which dates from 1889, during the Meiji Period in Japan, is estimated at... [Lire la suite]
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05 avril 2015

Kintsugi: the art of broken pieces

Kintsugi(金継ぎ) technique is a very Japanese concept. It is also known as Kintsukuroi (金繕い). Both refer to an ancient method used to repair broken pottery. Whether it is a special gift, an expensive purchase, or something you got on a whim, when we use the vessels for a long time, they develop a character, and we can become quite attached to them. These objects survive regular use, moves, and spring cleanings. The longer we have them, the closer we bond with them. They are the truly loved ones. And when it cracks or... [Lire la suite]

30 mars 2015

'Raku: The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl' opens at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Chōjirō (Raku I), Tea Bowl named 'Tarobo', 16th century, Red Raku ware; glazed ceramic, Urasenke Foundation. Photo: Masayuki Miyahara. LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents Raku: The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl. This exhibition comprises nearly 100 masterpieces with examples from all 15 generations and the subsequent generation of the Raku family, whose celebrated legacy continues to influence global ceramics. More than half of the ceramic objects in the exhibition are tea bowls. Other... [Lire la suite]
20 mars 2015

Rare Kamakura-period flask leads Fine Japanese & Korean Works of Art Sale at Bonhams

A large and rare Ko-Seto heishi (flask), Kamakura period (early 14th century), 12 1/16in (30.5cm) high. Sold for: $275,000. Photo: Bonhams. NEW YORK, NY.- Bonhams ended its Asia week sales in style when the Fine Japanese & Korean Works of Art on March 18 made more than $1.3 million. The rarest item on offer, an early 14th century large Japanese Ko-Seto heishi (flask), fetched $275,000 and was the top lot of the day. “Today’s sale of the important ko-seto flask underscores Bonhams’ commitment to bringing important... [Lire la suite]
19 mars 2015

Japanese cloisonné enamels from the Victoria and Albert Museum on view at the Chester Beatty Library

Vase, Kyoto; the mark of Namikawa Yasuyuki, c.1875-80. Cloisonné enamel. V&A: FE.67-2011. Gift of Edwin Davies. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. DUBLIN.- One of the world’s finest collections of Japanese cloisonné enamels went on display at the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin on 14 March 2015. The collection, on loan from the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, provides an insight into one of Japan’s most exquisite art forms. Seven Treasures: Japanese Cloisonné Enamels from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London... [Lire la suite]
17 mars 2015

MIA and Met announce landmark gift of Japanese masterpieces from Mary Burke Collection

Kichizan Minchō (1352–1431), Monju Bosatsu, Muromachi period, early 15th century, hanging scroll, ink and gold on paper, 32 1/4 × 14 in. Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Mary Griggs Burke Collection, Gift of the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation. © 2013–2015 Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation NEW YORK, NY.- The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) announced jointly today that they are both recipients of transformative bequests of masterworks of Japanese art from the Mary Griggs Burke Collection.... [Lire la suite]