Bonhams Cements Its Position as Market Leader for Japanese Art in Europe


LONDON.- The bi-annual `Various Owners’ fine Japanese auction that took place on 11th November in New Bond Street ensured that Bonhams enjoyed another resounding success during Asian Art Week, with a sale that totalled over £1.7million. The top lot was an exquisite and delicately crafted example of weaponry in the form of a Negoro lacquer yumi (longbow) used by the Japanese aristocracy that was made during the Muromachi Period (1333-1573). It sold for £204,000, over twenty times the pre-sale estimate of £10,000 – 15,000. This exceptionally rare and remarkable survival from the brutal, militaristic era of medieval Japan is apparently the only recorded Negoro lacquer long bow. Further highlights of the sale included an impressive, naturalistically-rendered, fully articulated iron dragon – the largest iron dragon that has been ever been recorded – that sold for £120,000. The dragon