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For Immediate Release Friday, 18 May 2012 Contact: Hannah Schweiger +44 (0) 207 389 2964 hschweiger@christies.

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CHRISTIES ASIAN ART WEEK LONDON TOTALS 22.4 MILLION /US$35.8 MILLION
London - Christies leads the Asian art market, after concluding its Spring Asian Art Week in London with a combined total of 22.4 million (US$35.8 million / 28 million/HK$276.8 million) over four days of sales between 15th - 18th May 2012. Jonathan Stone, Chairman and International Head, Asian Art, said: The combined sales of Chinese Art at King Street and South Kensington with the two Japanese sales gave us market share overall for the week (59% against our nearest competitor for Asian Art in London). We also achieved market share in Chinese and Japanese collecting categories. The results for the Japanese single owner collection and Chinese works of art at South Kensington are particularly strong and consolidated with all four sales of the week demonstrate Christies dominance of the Asian Art market in Europe. OVERVIEW OF ASIAN ART WEEK SALES
CHINESE CERAMICS, WORKS OF ART AND TEXTILES 18 May 2012
5,491,738 $8,649,487 6,826,230 83% sold by lot/ 92% by Top Lot Lot 1195 A zitan altar table, 19th century Estimate: 8,000 - 12,000 Sold: 181,250 Top Lot Lot 244 A fine and rare cloisonn vessel and cover in the form of a temple bell, attributed to the Namikawa Yasuyuki workshop, Meiji Period (late 19th century) Estimate: 180,000-250,000 Sold: 217,250 Top Lot Lot 705 A pair of Chinese famille rose garden seats, 19th century Estimate: 4,000 - 6,000 Sold: 51,650 Top Lot Lot 243 A rare pair of Kakiemon models of tigers, Edo period (late 17th century) Estimate: 100,000-150,000 Sold: 169,250 Top Lot Lot 318 A magnificent pair of Imperial large famille rose vases, Jiaqing iron-red six-character seal marks & of the period (17961820) Estimate:800,000- 1.2million Sold: 1,273,250

MASTERFUL EXUBERANCE, ARTISTIC CRAFTSMANSHIP OF IMPERIAL JAPAN, A PRIVATE COLLECTION 18 May 2012
2,177,550 $3,429,641 2,706,695 82% sold by lot/ 91% by

CHINESE INTERIORS 16 May 2012


1,548,363 $2,469,639 1,943,196 83% sold by lot/ 93% by

JAPANESE ART & DESIGN 16 May 2012


1,379,613 $2,200,483 1,731,414 66% sold by lot/ 78% by

FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART 15 May 2012

11,840,050 $19,050,640 14,811,903 50% sold by lot/ 71% by

Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art and Textiles London Friday, 18 May 2012 Sale no: 6074 Top Ten [All sold prices include buyers premium] Sold: Lots Sold: Exchange Rate=$1.575 / 1.243 5,491,738 Lots Offered: $8,649,487 Sold by Lot: 83% 6,826,230 Sold by : 92%

Lot

Description

Estimate ()

Purchase Price 181,250 $285,469 225,294 181,250 $285,469 225,294 181,250 $285,469 225,294 145,250 $228,769 180,546 139,250 $219,319 173,088 115,250 $181,519 143,256 99,650 $156,949 123,865 87,650 $138,049 108,949 79,250 $124,819 98,508 75,650 $119,149 94,033

Buyer Asian Trade

1195

A zitan altar table, 19th century A doucai lobed 'dragon and phoenix' bowl, 18th/19th century A carved ivory ruyi scepter, 18th century A longquan celadon shrine of Guanyin, Ming dynasty, 14th/15th century An Emperor's twelve symbol formal court robe (chifu),Qing dynasty (1644-1911), end of 19th, beginning of 20th century A cloisonn enamel censer modelled as a mythical beast, 17th/18th century Two jade pendants and one glass plaque, 18th century and later A white jade mythical beast, Longma 18th /19th century A large pair of famille rose vases with figures, 19th century Six jade carvings, 17th century and later

8,000 - 12,000

1016

4,000 - 6,000

Asian Trade

1191 1175

10,000 - 15,000 3,000 - 5,000

UK Trade Asian Trade

1255

30,000 - 50,000

Asian Trade

1202

20,000 - 30,000

Asian Trade

1135

4,000 - 6,000

Asian Trade

1328

3,000 - 5,000

Asian Trade

1215 1302

10,000 - 15,000 2,500 - 4,000

Asian Trade Asian Trade

Comment: Jeremy Morgan, Director, Head of Department, Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Christies South Kensington: The importance of fresh to the market lots with impeccable provenance was evident in this sale which realised 5,491,738, the highest total for a May sale in this category at Christies South Kensington. From one of many private collections, the Sir William Seeds KCME Collection, both a rare ivory ruyi scepter (lot 1191) and a fine zitan altar table (lot 1195) both sold for 181,250. Further collections offering small white jade pendants, fine porcelains and works of art, also created excitement in the packed saleroom from the beginning to the end. Press Contact: Hannah Schweiger +44 207 389 2964 hschweiger@christies.com

Sold: Lots Sold: 211 Exchange Rate:= $1.575 / 1.243

Artistic Craftsmanship of Imperial Japan South Kensington Friday, 18 May 2012 Sale no: 4140 Top Ten [All sold prices include buyers premium] 2,177,550 $3,429,641 Lots Offered: 257 Sold by Lot: 82%

Masterful Exuberance

2,706,695 Sold by : 91%

Lot

Description A fine and rare cloisonn vessel and cover in the form of a temple bell, attributed to the Namikawa Yasuyuki worshop, Meiji Period (late 19th century) A rare and large cloisonn vase, mark of the Hayashi Chuzo workshop, Meiji Period (late 19th century) WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR THE HAYASHI WORKSHOP A very large and imposing bronze sculpture a tiger, signed Isshousai Katsutoshi Zo, and dated Taisho Gannen Hachigatsu Kichijitsu [an auspicious day in August 1912] A Magnificent Bronze Sculpture, signed Miyao zo, Meiji Period (late 19th century) A magnificent bronze and iron vase, signed on an inset tablet Uchimono [hammer worker] Kurokawa Eisho, choko [sculptor] Kamijo Kazutoshi, zogan [inlay] Kashima Ippu and sealed Sawada sei, Meiji Period (late 19th century) A lacquer Kazaridana [Display Cabinet], Meiji Period (late 19th century) A cloisonn vase, mark of the Hayashi Kodenji Workshop, Meiji Period (late 19th century) An impressive lacquer Shodana, Meiji Period (late 19th century) A pair of bronze vases, signed Miyabe Atsuyoshi kore (wo) tsukuru, the other Kyoto ju Atsuyoshi saku, Meiji Period (late 19th century) A bronze jardinire, signed Yukiaki saku and Nogawa mark, Meiji Period (late 19th century) An impressive pair of shibayama tusk vases, signed Masayoshi, Meiji Period (late 19th century)

Estimate ()

Purchase Price 217,250 $342,169 270,042 217,250 $342,169 270,042 181,250 $285,469 225,294 67,250 $105,919 83,592 67,250 $105,919 83,592 55,250 $87,019 68,676 42,050 $66,229 52,268 39,650 $62,449 49,285 37,250 $58,669 46,302 37,250 $58,669 46,302 37,250 $58,669 46,302

Buyer European Private

244

180,000-250,000

252

40,000-60,000

Asian Private

105

150,000-250,000

European Private

26

50,000-70,000

Asian Private

48

50,000-70,000

Asian Private

160 235 184

20,000-30,000 4,000-6,000 30,000-40,000

Asian Private Asian Private European Private

32

8,000-12,000

Asian Private

120

4,000-6,000

European Private

187

30,000-50,000

European Trade

Comment: Anastasia von Seibold, Head of Sale, Japanese Art: This dynamic collection of Meiji art formed over 30 years drew extensive numbers of new international clients into the category, resulting in this exceptional total. One of the largest important Meiji private collections to come to the market in London in the last three decades, the consistent quality is reflected by the Hayashi vase which set a new auction record for this workshop, realising 217,250. Mark Hinton, International Head of Japanese Art: We are very pleased that the continued steady growth of sales for this field at Christies South Kensington over the last three years has led to these May sales securing market share in London. Press Contact: Hannah Schweiger +44 (0)20 7389 2964 hschweiger@christies.com

Interiors - Chinese
South Kensington Wednesday, 16 May 2012 Sale no: 6052 Top Three [All sold prices include buyers premium] Sold: Lots Sold: 313 Exchange Rate: $1.595/ 1.255 1,548,363 Lots Offered: 375 $2,469,639 Sold by Lot: 83% 1,943,196 Sold by : 93%

Lot

Description

Estimate ()

Purchase Price 51,650 $82,382 64,821 49,250 $78,554 61,809 39,650 $63,242 49,761

Buyer Asian Trade

705

A pair of Chinese famille rose garden seats, 19th century

4,000 - 6,000

837

A pair of Chinese famille rose bottle vases, 20th century A pair of famille rose 'Ogee' bowls and a Doucai shallow bowl, 19th century

6,000 - 10,000

Asian Trade

608

600 - 1,000

Asian Trade

Comment: Please see separate end of week round-up Press Contact: Hannah Schweiger +44 (0)20 7389 2964 hschweiger@christies.com

Japanese Art & Design South Kensington Wednesday, 16 May 2012 Sale no: 6071 Top Three [All sold prices include buyers premium] Sold: Lots Sold: 231 Exchange Rate:= $1.595/1.255 1,379,613 Lots Offered: 349 $2,200,483 Sold by Lot: 66% 1,731,414 Sold by : 78%

Lot

Description

Estimate ()

Purchase Price 169,250 $269,954 212,409 67,250 $107,264 84,399 55,250 $88,124 69,339

Buyer

243

A Rare Pair of Kakiemon Models of Tigers, Edo period (late 17th century) A Rare Kakiemon Model of a Boy Seated on a Go Board, Edo Period (late 17th century)

100,000 - 150,000

Asian Private

235

70,000 - 90,000

Asian Private

299

A Bodhisattva seated on a karashishi [lion], Kamakura period (13th-14th century) and later

50,000 - 80,000

Asian Private

Comment: Anastasia von Seibold, Head of Sale, Japanese Art: This is the highest auction total for a various owner sale in this category at Christies South Kensington to date, highlighting new vigour in the 17th century Japanese ceramics market. A recently discovered pair of Kakiemon tigers, the Property of a Lady and formerly in an Aristocratic European Collection, attracted competitive bidding and an exceptional price for these delightful creatures. This sale continues to highlight that the market seeks out fine privately sourced Japanese works of art. Press Contact: Hannah Schweiger +44 (0)20 7389 2964 hschweiger@christies.com

Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art London Tuesday, 15 May 2012 Sale no: 5305 Top Ten [All sold prices include buyers premium] Sold: Lots Sold: 208 Exchange Rate:= $1.609/1.251 11,840,050 Lots Offered: 412 $19,050,640 Sold by Lot: 50% 14,811,903 Sold by : 71%

Lot

Description A magnificent pair of Imperial large famille rose vases Jiaqing iron-red six-character seal marks and of the period (1796-1820) A rare small Ge-type lobed bowl Southern Song (1127-1279) An important and very rare pair of large Imperial bronze altar vases, Qianlong cast six-character marks within a rectangular panel and of the period (17361795) A massive Imperial spinach-green jade disc, Bi Qianlong period (1736-1795) A superb white jade Imperial 'dragon' vase Qianlong period (1736-95) A rare large famille rose coral-ground jardinire Qianlong underglaze blue six-character seal mark and of the period (1736-1795) A rare blue and white bell Qianlong underglaze blue four-character seal mark beneath the handle and of the period (1736-1795) A pair of finely enamelled famille rose 'hundred boys' jars and covers, Qianlong incised iron-red sixcharacter seal marks and of the period A pair of superb white jade mughal-style 'chrysanthemum' boxes and covers Qianlong period (1736-1795) A pale celadon jade archaistic vessel and cover, Tulu Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Estimate ()

Purchase Price 1,273,250 $2,048,659 1,592,836 825,250 $1,327,827 1,032,388 657,250 $1,057,515 822,220 541,250 $870,871 677,104 505,250 $870,871 632,068 505,250 $870,871 632,068 481,250 $774,331 602,044 349,250 $561,943 436,563 301,250 $484,711 376,864 193,250 $310,939 241,756

Buyer

318

800,000 1,200,000

Asian Private

403

20,000 - 30,000

Asian Private

188

300,000 - 500,000

Asian Private

88

400,000 - 600,000

Asian Trade

80

60,000 - 80,000

Asian Private

377

200,000 - 300,000

Asian Private

389

30,000 - 50,000

Littleton & Asian Art

Hennessy

328

150,000 - 200,000

Asian Trade

127

300,000 - 500,000

Asian Private

198

80,000 - 120,000

Asian Private

Comment: Pedram Rasti, Head of Department, Christies London: This sale was led by the cover lot, a pair of Imperial famille rose vases, which realised 1,273,250. This strong price reflects the demand for Imperial ceramics from the Qing period in particular. In the field of works of art we saw competitive bidding for the Imperial bronze altar vases which sold for 657,250, again highlighting the interest in Imperial works. Press Contact: Hannah Schweiger +44 207 389 2964 hschweiger@christies.com