Asian Art Online Auction


Lot 204 – Possibly Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798–1861), Warabi: Inuyama Dôsetsu
From the series ‘Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaidô Road’, signed Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga
framed, woodblock print, 13.6 x 9.3 in — 34.5 x 23.5 cm
Estimate $700-$900

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Asian Art Auction

This online auction starts Saturday, March 28 at 9 am and closes on Thursday, April 2 at 2:00 pm, EST.

Asian Art at Waddington’s

Our Spring 2020 online auction season continues with Asian Art, offered online from March 28 to April 2, 2020.

This auction features a variety of affordable works of Asian art, in particular two important netsuke and snuff bottle family collections.

The origin of Japanese netsuke began in the 17th century as a practical and decorative toggle to accompany the portable sagemono containers hung from the sashes of robes. With materials ranging from woods to ivory and beyond, netsuke became a showcase of miniature art craftsmanship as time progressed. Snuff bottles have a similar history, popularized in 18th century China and admired locally as well as by foreigners. Again, these miniature mediums pushed the limits of artistic ability and technology of the time.

Both of these collections are from Toronto families, mostly originally acquired from local galleries and auction houses, the majority of which were accrued in the 1970s and 80s.

Collectors are encouraged to browse the large selections of snuff bottles from lots 48 to 60, and netsuke from lots 233 to 267.

View the Asian Art Auction Gallery:


Lot 241 – A Wood Carved Netsuke of a Cat, signed. Length 1.7 in — 4.4 cm
Estimate $400-$600


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For more information:
Tess McLean
Tel: 416.504.9100
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