Christie’s continues its global leadership in Japanese art and announces that from 2014 the Japanese department will focus on curated theme sales both online and at auction in both New York and London. The theme sales will encompass many works of art and will continue to feature fine screens, scrolls, calligraphy, woodcut prints, ceramics, lacquer, metalwork, armour and swords.
The online-only sales will launch in June 2014 with a sale titled “Japanese Art: Meiji Period Magnificence” which celebrates exceptional works from this dynamic time of Japanese craftsmanship. This will be closely followed by an online-only sale of Japanese prints in July 2014 and an online-only modern ceramics sale in October 2014.
Themed live auctions will include Asobi: Ingenious Creativity held during Frieze Week in October in London, celebrating the joie de vivre that runs through Japanese culture and finds an abundant outlet in Japanese art. It will feature works from prehistoric ceramics, imposing screens and 20th century avant-garde painting. In December, Christie’s will hold a major themed sale “At the Candle: Japanese art and the Court of St. James” that celebrates the 400th anniversary of the first auction of Japanese art in England and also four centuries of trade between Japan and Britain.
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