Bonhams Breaks World Record Yet Again for Japanese Work of Art
The top lot of the sale, and a world record for the artist sold at auction, was a lacquer single case inro by the master of the Meiji Period, Shibata Zeshin that sold for £301, 250. Photo: Bonhams.
The world record for inro (traditional Japanese case consisting of nested boxes) sold at auction has been broken yet again by Bonhams in the third and final part of the Edward Wrangham sale that took place on the 15th May. With a sale total of £1.7 million, 82% sold by lot and 93% by value, one of the most important private collections of Japanese works of art has realised £5.4 million across the three sales held at Bonhams.
Considered one of Europe’s most important and comprehensive private collections of Japanese Gentleman’s accessories, it was formed by the late environmentalist, mountaineer, scholar and collector Edward Wrangham OBE.
The top lot of the sale, and a world record for the artist sold at auction, was a lacquer single case inro by the master of the Meiji Period, Shibata Zeshin that sold for £301, 250, exceeding the presale estimate of £20,000 – 30,000 by over ten times. In a sale with very competitive bidding, when this lot hit £150,000, a private client on the telephone increased the bid by £100,000, to secure the much coveted inro. This was the third time that Bonhams has broken the record for works by Shibata Zeshin at auction.
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