RESULTS: Japanese Art & Design Including Arts of The Samurai

Japanese Art & Design Including Arts of The Samurai
South Kensington – Wednesday 9 November 2011

Sale no: 2596 – Top Three
[All sold prices include buyer’s premium]



£ 1,212,413



Lots Sold: 293

Lots Offered: 451

Sold by Lot: 65%

Sold by £: 73%

Exchange Rate£:= $1.607/€1.164





Estimate (£)


Purchase Price




A Wood Sculpture of Jizo Bosatsu

Kamakura Period, 14th century

30,000 - 40,000


U.S. Private


A Soshu Ichimonji Naginata-Naoshi Katana

Kamakura Period, circa 1250

30,000 - 40,000


Asian Trade


A Nabeshima Dish

Edo Period, late 17th - early 18th century

30,000 - 40,000


Asian Trade


Comment: Anastasia von Seibold, Head of Sale, Japanese Art:

“We are pleased with the results of this sale which saw increased demand throughout, with bidding in the room, on the telephone and online using Christie’s LIVETM.  The auction attracted new clients to the category, including bidders from Mainland China. Japanese sales at Christie’s Asian Art Week London in 2011 totalled £2.1million, which is a 9% increase from 2010 and the best yearly results ever for Japanese Art and Design at South Kensington. The sword market proved particularly strong with a Naginata-Naoshi Katana realising £70,850; we are also very pleased with the exceptional price achieved for the wood sculpture of Jizo which fetched £229,250, demonstrating the rarity and aesthetic appeal of this work. We look forward to the Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Textiles sale at South Kensington on 11 November.”


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