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Large Early 20th-century Japanese Cloisonné Vase, $41,250

PINEVILLE, Penn. – The unexpected top lot in Locati LLC’s January 21 sale was this large early 20th-century Japanese cloisonné vase. Although unsigned and of good rather than outstanding quality, the decoration is most unusual. In addition to geometric and floral border patterns are panels of narrative decoration executed in the musen (wireless) technique: to one side a scholar at his desk, to the other a boy on a water buffalo.

Likely a piece made for the domestic market rather than export (in Buddhist parables, a herd boy’s search for his lost oxen is analogous to the pursuit of enlightenment), it hammered for $33,000 and sold for $41,250 with buyer’s premium against an estimate of $300-$500. The winning bid came via LiveAuctioneers.


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