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A miniature Japanese beauty to be sold at Duke's

By shill  |  Posted: April 30, 2014

This intricate Japanese screen could fetch £4,000 to £6,000 at auction

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A jewel-like Japanese table screen is one of more than 100 lots of Japanese works of art in Duke’s forthcoming Asian art auction. Asian art specialist, Andrew Marlborough believes the exceptional number of Japanese pieces in the sale is due to the improving market for items of Japanese origin and an increased appreciation for the incredible detail these items afford.

The small table screen dating from the Meiji period in the late 19th century is made from a technique called Shibayama. Tiny pieces of mother of pearl shell and coloured hardstones are carefully carved and put together to form intricate designs in relief, usually against an ivory or gilt lacquered ground as in this case.

“The Japanese aesthetic is about creating beauty in miniature”, says Andrew. “In this screen we have incredibly detailed plants and birds all carved at different depths to create a colourful, naturalistic snapshot.” This screen, which could have been used as a stunning table decoration, has come from a private collection in North Dorset and as it is in such perfect condition, it is exactly what the market is looking for. Andrew hopes that at the £4,000-£6,000 estimate, the screen will see plenty of interest from collectors.

The auction will be held on Friday 22nd May. The fully illustrated catalogue will be available online from Friday 16th May. For more information or to receive a free valuation of any item, please contact Duke’s on 01305 265080 or email enquiries@dukes-auctions.com

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