NEW YORK – Jasper52 will present a diverse online auction of Asian art and antiques on Wednesday, April 24. Among the highlights are samurai swords, exquisite ceramics and colorful woodblock prints. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
Numerous Japanese woodblock prints are offered in the Jasper52 auction. Among the traditional works are Kawase Hasui’s landscape titled After Snow at Yoshida, published in 1944 by Watanabe (above). The rare oversized snow scene has a $3,000-$5,000 estimate.
Pieter Irwin Brown was a well-traveled European artist who contributed to the shin hanga Japanese art movement during the 1930s. At age 18, Brown was enrolled at the Royal Academy in Amsterdam where he studied for two years. By 1934, Brown traveled to Japan where he was immediately struck by the beauty of the landscape. Over the next few years, Brown provided drawings and also designed prints for several Japanese publishers. One such print was Back View of the American Embassy at Yokohama, which was published by Adachi Toyohisa, the proprietor of the Adachi Institute of Prints. In excellent condition, this 1939 print (below) has an $800-$1,000 estimate.
The finest sword in the sale was made by Soushu Ju Masahiro in the late 16th century. It belonged to a Samurai named Ebisawa Sakeae, a leader of a village in Ibaragi prefecture.
A handful of Japanese netsuke includes one carved of boxwood that depicts a folklore oni wearing a Buddhist monk’s robe. The 2¼-inch-high figure dates to the early 19th century (est. $3,000-$3,500).
Ceramics include a 19th century stoneware chaire, a small tea caddy used in the Japanese tea ceremony. The 3¾-inch-high vessel is decorated in autumnal grasses with nezumi Shino glaze painting in Japanese taste (est. $400-$500).
Metalware offered in the Jasper52 auction includes a large antique Japanese bronze planter decorated with scenes of lions, dragons and birds (est. $500-$600).
Two sets of Japanese armor from the early Showa period are offered (est. $3,000-$3,500 each).
The Jasper52 auction of Asian Art: Woodblock Prints and Weaponry will be conducted Wednesday, April 24, beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern time.