Exceptional collections of early and modern Japanese prints lead an array of impressive offerings on the block at Skinner, Inc. this month during a live Asian Works of Art auction in Boston on November 22nd, and a Modern Japanese Prints – Online auction taking place November 17th to 24th. The live auction will also spotlight a private collection of netsuke and okimono, in addition to Chinese and Korean art including jade, ceramics and furniture.
Hasui & His Contemporaries: The Collection of Irwin J. Pachter
Skinner is honored to present a pristine collection of over 100 pre-earthquake and pre-war prints featuring works by Japanese painter and shin hanga printmaker Kawase Hasui (1883-1957). Hasui and his Contemporaries: The Collection of Irwin J. Pachter attests to the late collector’s keen eye, his understanding of the shin hanga print and its technical innovations, and his discipline in selecting prints in the best condition. The November auction will mark the collection’s first appearance in public since it was last exhibited at the Everson Museum of Art and the University of Michigan Museum of Art in 1986.
According to Judith Dowling, Director of Asian Works of Art at Skinner, “Not only are many of these very rare prints, but they are in fine condition, having remained in controlled storage for nearly three decades. We’re very excited to offer this world-class collection to the public.”
Additional highlights from the collection include early and excellent examples by Hiroshi Yoshida and three extremely rare prints by Ito Shinsui.
Dr. Pachter, who passed away on September 4 at the age of 89, perfectly summed up his collection in 1986 when he said, “It’s going to leave you singing… there are so many colors.”
Skinner will host a special wine reception to preview the collection on the evening of Friday, November 21. To RSVP, please call 508-970-3240 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Complementing the live sale, an online auction offers two remarkable private collections of superb Japanese prints by modern masters. Highlights include works by Toshio Yoshida (son of Hiroshi Yoshida), Toko Shinoda, Yuichi Hasegawa, Tanaka Ryohei, Clifton Karhu, Katsunori Hamanishi, and others. Bidders can participate at their convenience during the 7-day auction and have the opportunity to view the lots in person and ask questions of Skinner experts during the regular Boston preview hours.
Japanese, Chinese & Korean Art
A private collection of more than 50 lots of netsuke and okimono will be offered in the live auction. The assortment includes intricately carved and eye-catching figures, with many bearing signatures of well-known artists, from a wood netsuke of a cicada (Lot 214, $3,000 to $5,000), to an okimono of a gama sennin (Lot 248, $5,000 to $6,000). A noteworthy group of jade from the collection of Warren Cox, a well-known 20th century collector and dealer, will also be offered.
Fine ceramics from China, Japan, and Korea are well represented in the auction. Highlights include an important satsuma-style bowl by famed Japanese imperial potter Makuzu Kozan (1842-1916) (Lot 378, $8,000 to $10,000) and a beautiful, brightly-colored pair of Republic Period famille jaune eggshell porcelain vases from China (Lot 436, $5,000 to $7,000).
Furniture highlights include a 19th century Japanese wedding chest (Lot 592, $8,000 to $10,000). Fine art will also be offered, including a painting by contemporary Chinese artist Liu Guibin (b. 1938): Early Morning at Taihang Mountain (Lot 509, $20,000 to $30,000).
The live auction wraps up with a group of anime from a private collection, featuring 20 lots of original art and animation cells (Lots 557 to 577, estimates vary).
Previews, Catalog and Bidding
Previews for the auction will be held on Thursday, November 20, from noon to 5 P.M., Friday, November 21, from noon to 7 P.M., and Saturday, November 22, from 9 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. Illustrated Catalog #2762B and 2766T is available from the Subscription Department, at 508-970-3240, or from the Gallery. Prices realized will be available online, at www.skinnerinc.com, both during and after the sale. The Skinner website enables users to view every lot in the auctions, leave bids, order catalogs and bid live, in real-time, through SkinnerLive!