The sale of Japanese and Korean Art achieved $9,116,600/£5,652,292/€7,110,948 and the top lot of the sale was an Important and Monumental Blue and White Porcelain Dragon Jar, Joseon dynasty (18th century) realizing $3,218,500/£1,995,470/€2,510,430.
Katsura Yamaguchi, International Director of Japanese and Korean Art, said: “The Japanese and Korean Art sale attracted a packed saleroom and active telephone bidding from all over the world. Throughout the auction, bidders were eager to compete for high quality art spanning a variety of categories, especially from private collections, including Hasegawa Tonin’s Egrets and Ducks in a Winter Landscape, which realized $626,500, and the iron articulated model of a dragon fish, Edo period (18th century), which achieved $458,500, seven times its estimate.”
Heakyum Kim, Specialist of Korean Art, added: “Museum-quality ceramics and paintings became the centerpiece of the sale, which was led by an important monumental blue and white porcelain dragon jar of the Joseon dynasty (18th century), realizing $3.2 million. Exceptional prices were further achieved by Park Sookeun’s Tree and three figures, from a US Private Collection, which achieved $1.9 million, a world auction record for the artist in the West.”