China and Japanese arts at the heart of two exceptional sales

On March 27th, Aguttes auction House Asian Arts department will devote two of its sales to Japan and China. The specialist's department selection has focused on quality works that will catch the eye of passionate collectors of Asian art objects.
Japanese art, between finesse and refinement
Showcase objects, weapons, armour and graphic arts, nearly 200 objects will be offered for this first Asian Art sale of 2021 at Aguttes.

Among the key lots of this sale is an exceptional screen from the school Kanō, illustrating the traditional pine and bamboo landscapes. Its gold background highlights these natural settings, which are similar to those of Kanō Tan'yū, in the courtroom of the Castle of Nijō, located in Kyoto. 

School of Kanō

Screen with six leaves decorated with pine and bamboo on a gold background.
H.168 cm L.376.5 cm
Estimate: € 
12,000 - 15,000

The centrepiece of the Japan sale, this rare imperial bowl in cloisonné enamels on copper intended for the emperor, finely decorated with bamboo stems and leaves also completes this collection. Hattori Tadasaburo (-1939), one of the greatest masters of cloisonné enamels of his time, illustrates here his know-how, which is rooted in the technique of "moriage" and subtly models bamboo leaves here, creating a three-dimensional effect, between the finesse and nuance of the enamels.

Meiji era (1868-1912)
Imperial bowl,

H. 24,5 cm – Diam. 38 cm
€  30,000 - 40,000 
Found treasures from the Middle Kingdom 
With more than 300 lots, the continuation of the session, entirely devoted to China, is one of the most complete and will cover all the fields of bronze, porcelain, painting, textiles, jades and showcase objects. Among the treasures found is a Zhangqian album dating from 1749 which deals with the 18 luohan, Buddhist icons that reached Nirvana representing the ideal of the Buddhist quest, an exceptional pair of bronze "Hu" vases from the Jiaqing period (1796-1820). The polychrome decoration on a blue background, as well as the gilded copper handles in the form of stylised dragons, testify to a meticulous and flawless technique. Finally, a magnificent bronze Buddha dating from the Ming period (late 16th - early 17th century). Sitting in the Varada Mudra position, it is meant to be a symbol of serenity, justifying the slight smile he sketches.


Jiaqing era (1796-1820)

Exceptionnal pair of « Hu » vases in bronze and cloisonné enamels.

H. 44,3 cm
Estimate: € 50,000 - 60,000 

China 18th  century
Album of Zhangqian on the 18 luohan dated the year jisi of Qianlong 1749.
Estimate:  8,000 - 10,000 

China, Ming period (late 16th-early 17th century), circa 1600e 

Buddha out of lacquered bronze with traces of polychromy.
H. 52 cm
€ 25,000 - 30,000 


A selection of objects from the Bing collection, acquired by the current owner, some of which participated in the 7th exhibition "Animals in Chinese Art" at the Cernuschi Museum in May-June 1922, will complete this session. Among these exceptional and avant-garde objects, an exceptional gold lacquered bronze statuette dating from the Tang period, representing Avalokitesvara standing on a lotus, in abhaya-varada mudra, gestures of fearlessness and gift. Dating from the same period, this magnificent mirror with a floral bronze rim with green oxidation, sublimated by a dragon in slight relief in the middle of clouds and a sacred pearl on the central button, will delight the heart of collectors.  



Saturday 27 March 2021 at 10.30 am

Saturday 27 March 2021 at 2.30 pm

Public exhibition (free admission)
Aguttes Neuilly: 164 bis avenue Charles de Gaulle
From Monday 22 to Friday 26 March
10 a.m to 1 p.m and 2 p.m to 6 p.m except on Friday afternoon


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Johanna Blancard de Léry: - +33 (0)1 47 45 00 90

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