There were a few nice items on offer at Christie's today which came from the collection of a Japanese museum. Many of the lots didn't meet their reserve and were bought in. There was a nice Bamen and a Munesuke kabuto which went for their estimates. Some missed opportunities...
Post by Dave Thatcher on Nov 12, 2015 13:21:39 GMT
Caribbean has been claimed Ian by a Viking and cockney pearly King. Yet the Shetland Islands are still up for grabs according to eBay.
Back to the sale: Some very nice armours there, one sangu set must have been restored. But as you say expensive. And not a lot selling, is this because former sales have established high end rates therefore setting a precedent for future offerings, estimates?
Maybe this is also a reflection that the high rollers are sourcing from alternative vendors, who's pricing is more competitive? It's just odd that some sales hit new records and others are cherry picked.
Any of our auction catalogue collectors care to comment on this as a statistic or trend.
I am seeing the same price correcting with some woodblock dealers. Over the last two years the prices were unreal, and just within the last few months some of the larger dealers are doing "make offer's" and 50-70% off sales. Yoshitoshi is an example. I had my eye on one that was $2400 last fall, now that same print is $800, same dealer.
The Munesuke was expensive because the shikoro and kanamone are very fancy. A lot of money for a mid-edo old style kabuto. The prices for okimono were a bit out of normal because the later Qatari sheik used to bid any price for jizai okimono.
The prices for okimono were a bit out of normal because the later Qatari sheik used to bid any price for jizai okimono.
Very true, Luc. It's going to be interesting to see what happens to prices for these items. The dragons were iron and decent quality, but not top notch. The lobster was very good, but Meiji. Still, I think the prices were a relative bargain.