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  • $310,000 Japanese cosmetic box has one lucky investor 'made-up'
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    Paul Fraser
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$310,000 Japanese cosmetic box has one lucky investor 'made-up'

A rare early 20th century cosmetic box by Asahi Gyokuzan was one of the highlights of Bonhams' fine Japanese art sale in London on May 12.

The cosmetic box, which realised £192,000, is made of white paulownia wood and represents the hallmark of the finest Japanese art: the depiction of the transience of nature.


This £192,000 Japanese box was the top lot at Bonhams

Asahi Gyokuzan was a designated Imperial Court Artist and one of the most famous and influential carvers in Japan during the Meiji period (1868-1912).

Another highlight of the sale for investors was a lacquer tobacco container by the renowned artist Zibata Zeshin, one of the most admired painters and lacquerers of the Meiji period.

It made £96,000, far beyond its £30,000 high-side estimate.

 

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  • Post author
    Paul Fraser
  • $310000boxcosmeticJapanese