A Gilt Bronze Figure of Buddha Shakyamuni Shines at Bonhams London Asian Art Week
Three-sale Combined Total: £7.12million Eclipsing Pre-sale Total High Estimate: £6.62million

Fine Chinese Art
Sell total: £4.32million; 99% sold by value
40% of lot sells above high estimate
Over 70% of sale total goes to Asia

Asian Art
Sale total: £1.77million (doubling pre-sale estimate)
More than 55% of sale total goes to Asia

Polish and Poise: Japanese Art across the Centuries
Sale total: £1.03million; 99% sold by value

Commenting on the results, Asaph Hyman, Bonhams Global Head of Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, said: "This week's flagship sales have once again confirmed Bonhams' leadership in Chinese and Asian art in Europe and the UK. The Fine Chinese Art sale realised £4.32 million, far exceeding the high estimate of £3.82 million. Competitive biddings across the board propelled top prices, with one in every three lots selling above high estimate. The interest from Asia, especially Greater China region, clearly remains robust, and we now look forward to welcoming all to our two exciting forthcoming sales to be held on 29 May in Hong Kong: Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art and More Than A Game: Games in Chinese Art; featuring some of the rarest and most coveted early Ming porcelain."

Suzannah Yip, Bonhams Director of Japanese Art, added: "The star lot of the Japanese section was a lacquer panel by Shibata Zeshin from the 1880s depicting his favourite subject – crows. This is the third panel by Zeshin that we have sold in recent years and we are pleased, but not surprised, that it fetched the top price it deserved. We were also delighted by the level of interest in woodblock prints, with a group of designs by the sought-after artist Suzuki Harunobu 100% sold."

Upcoming Bonhams Asian Art Sales
29 May | Hong Kong | Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art
29 May | Hong Kong | More Than a Game: Games in Chinese Art, including the Brian Harkins Collection of Bronze Arrow Vases
2 June | Hong Kong | Fine Chinese Paintings
14 June | Paris | The Claude de Marteau Collection, Part I
21 June | Los Angeles | Fine Asian Works of Art


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