Christie's auctions of Japanese art comprises a wide array of material, including painted screens, scrolls, calligraphy, woodcut prints, ceramics, lacquer, costumes, armour and swords. The market for Japanese art remains buoyant with strong prices achieved across the board. Christie's holds four major sales a year, two in New York and two in London at Christie's South Kensington.
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Japanese & Korean Art
Japanese Works of Art
Meiji period (late 19th century)
Southern Barbarians Come to Trade
ink, color, gold and gold leaf on paper
Attributed to Unkei, Kamakura period, 1190s
Sumida River Scroll, 1805
ink and color on paper
Edo period (17th century), helmet signed Saotome lechika
Hell Courtesan (Jigoku dayu)
ink, color, silver, and gold on silk
Utamakura (Poem of the pillow)
Mino ware, Narumi Oribe type, Momoyama period (early 17th century)
Edo period, late 17th century
'Red Fuji' from the series Fugaku sanjurokkei (The Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji), 1973
ink, color, and gold leaf on paper
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Anastasia von Seibold joined Christie’s in 2006. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Japanese from Edinburgh University which included one year’s study at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan. The degree was completed with a thesis on Japonisme – an analysis of the effects of Japanese art on the artists Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh. She also has a Masters degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in Japanese art history, and her thesis was entitled The Western Perception of Japanese Art in the 19th Century.
Katsura Yamaguchi’s career at Christie’s began in 1992 in London followed by several years as a Japanese Art Specialist in Christie’s Tokyo office. In 2000, he joined the New York team as a Senior Specialist in the Japanese and Korean Works of Art Department and was appointed Department Head in April 2004. His numerous responsibilities include new business development, appraisals, research and cataloguing, while overseeing the daily operations of the department. Mr. Yamaguchi holds a B.A. from Rikkyo (St. Paul’s) University in Tokyo in Japonisme, the study of the influence of Japanese Ukiyo-e prints on Impressionist, Art Nouveau, and early 20th Century art. He is also a member of the American Ukiyo-e Society and has served as the Director of the International Ukiyo-e Society for two years.
As Associate Vice President, Specialist in Japanese Art, Mr. Murakami is responsible for researching, appraising and cataloguing property, with a particular emphasis on Japanese art. Prior to joining Christie’s in New York in 2011, Mr. Murakami worked at Christie’s Japan office for 8 years. He was responsible for business sourcing of Asian art in Japan and he maintained relationships with private collectors and museums. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Sophia University at Tokyo.
Ludovic Marock joined Christie’s in Zurich in 2010, quickly becoming an Associate Specialist in Antiquities in early 2012. Mr. Marock has over a decade of experience in the art and culture sectors, and holds an interest in the preservation of cultural assets. He has previously worked hands-on at archaeological excavations in Greece and Sicily, has interned at the UNESCO World Heritage Center and worked as a specialist in antique art objects at the Gallery Rhéa in Switzerland. Mr. Marock is also an experienced manager and project manager, having overseen travelling exhibitions for the Vindonissa Museum in Switzerland, as well as coordinating staff and projects as Division Manager for the SemioticTransfer GmbH. His publications include “Die Antikensammlung des Fürsten von Liechtenstein, Schloss Vaduz” (The collection of antiques of the prince of Liechtenstein). Mr. Marock holds a Master of Arts / Licentiatus philosophiae (Lic. phil. I) in Classical Archaeology, French Literature and Ancient History from the Universities of Zurich and Paris. In 2009 he completed the first part of a postgraduate MAS in culture management at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.