HIGHLIGHT of the 1440-lot Asian section of Nagel’s (33% buyer’s premium) mammoth November sale series was this rare 11in (28cm) high cylindrical cloisonné enamel vase of c.1900 by the highly regarded Namikawa Yasuyuki decorated with a striking design of bamboo and a snail on a black ground.
Offered in the November 13 sale of Korean, Japanese and
South East Asan art, it fetched €95,000 (£66,430) selling to the
specialist London dealer Malcolm Fairley, who described the piece
as "summing up the best of Meiji art".
Rather more of a sleeper featured at Ketterer
Kunst in Hamburg on November 22. This rare manuscript
chart of Japan and the East Indies (c.1610), 3ft 1in x 2ft 4in (94
x 71cm), "probably" from the Edam workshop of Harmen and Marten
Jansz, sold to a North European dealer for €130,000 (£91,000)
against an estimate of €18,000, the highest individual result
Ketterer have ever obtained at a sale of books and manuscripts. The
chart was made to a scale of approximately 1:10,000,000 and it was
partly creased, with waterstains and tiny holes from former
fixings, and five small tears in the corners and reinforced
margins. It provoked competition from bidders from Germany, UK,
France, Holland, the US and Japan.