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

paulfrasercollectibles

2015-06-26 12:23:40

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

An early 20th century Gyokuzan cosmetic box was the leading lot at Bonhams last week

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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