A privately consigned pair of late 19th century Japanese bronze figures (lot 1030) thought to be worth hundreds sold in the latest Asian Works of Art Auction for a staggering £1,400. The attractive figures are in the manner of Miyao Eisuke (fl 1880–1900) who produced gilded bronze figures focusing on characters from Japanese legend and mythology. Modelled wearing elaborate robes with an exquisite floral pattern in gilt, lot 1030 caught the attention of many bidders, with the hammer finally falling to a London buyer bidding live online.
While these Japanese bronze figures certainly stole the show, lot 1015 demonstrated that Chinese famille rose is still gaining attention. The attractive Qing dynasty dish of rectangular form was very popular during the viewing days. Painted with figures on horseback and warriors to the various sections, as well as a woman seated at a desk, the intricate decorative qualities of this item were recognised, with the hammer falling at £300.
Lot 1052 was a 20th century Chinese painting on silk depicting female figures on a veranda. Portrayed with wonderful vivid colours, the painting appealed to a buyer in Paris with the hammer coming down at £300. Lot 1020 exceeded its estimate of £100-200 to sell at £240 – the early 20th century Japanese sword sold to a buyer closer to home, in Poole, England.
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