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.