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Koller Auctions is one of the leading auction houses in Europe in the field of Asian Art. The origins of this department go back more than 50 years: in the 1970s and 1980s, Antoinette Koller and Berti Aschmann were pioneers in the field, developing the Koller name as a brand for auctions of high-quality works of Asian art, with a focus on China, Tibet and Nepal. In the first decade of the current century, new Chinese collectors began to seek out objects from their cultural heritage that had been acquired by occidental collectors during the 19th and 20th centuries, initiating a boom which continues to this day. We serve these clients from our representative office in Beijing, and we also regularly exhibit the highlights of our auctions in Hong Kong, and more recently in Beijing as well.

Excellent contacts with important East Asian collectors have enabled us to realise top prices such as 2.8 million Swiss francs for a gilded Pancaraksha goddess from Tibet, 1.2 million Swiss francs for an imperial bronze bell from the Qianlong period, over 500,000 Swiss francs for a carved jade plaque from the 18th century, and 4.8 million Swiss francs for a large 17th-century incense burner.

In addition, our auctions offer works of art from Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, India and Persia. Some highlights from these regions include a Japanese bronze vase by Shoami Katsuyoshi (CHF 48 000), a set of four rare 19th-century Korean paintings (CHF 415 000), a Thai bronze Buddha from the U-Thong period (CHF 175 000), a Basohli miniature of Krishna Govardhanadhara (CHF 205 000) and an inlaid bronze candlestick from Khorasan (CHF 290 000).

Regi Preiswerk, our specialist and department head for Asian Art, will be pleased to appraise and value your objects in view of a possible auction consignment.

Our auctions for Asian Art are held in June and December. Consignments are accepted until mid-March and mid-September.

NEXT AUCTION: NOVEMBER 2022
CONSIGNMENTS NOW ACCEPTED





Valuations / Consignments


If you wish to consign to one of our auctions, we will value your artworks free of charge. Please send us photos if possible, or call us. We will arrange an appointment to view your property at your home or in one of our offices in Zurich, Geneva, Genoa, Munich or Düsseldorf. You will then receive our auction estimates so that you can make your decision.

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Contact


Regi Preiswerk

asianart@kollerauctions.com
+41 44 445 63 13

Stefanie Haider

asianart@kollerauctions.com
+41 44 445 63 13

Carmen Abderhalden

asianart@kollerauctions.com
+41 44 445 63 74

Brigitte Huber

asianart@kollerauctions.com
+41 44 445 63 74


Representatives


Koller Geneva

Cyril Himmer
geneva@kollerauctions.com
+41 22 311 03 85

Koller Munich

Fiona Seidler
muenchen@kollerauctions.com
+49 89 22 802 766

Koller Düsseldorf

Ulrike Gruben
duesseldorf@kollerauctions.com
+49 211 30 14 36 38

Koller Italy

Luigi Pesce
italia@kollerauctions.com
+39 339 59 62 768

Koller China

Jing Li
beijing@kollerauctions.com
+86 135 2039 8057

SELECTED RESULTS Asian Art


AN IMPRESSIVE FIGURE OF A MOTHER WITH CHILD BY UDAGAWA KAZUO (active 1900-1910).

Japan, late Meiji period, height 64 cm (figure).
Dark patinated bronze. A mother sitting on a wood bench breast-feeding while eating, worked in the naturalistic style of the Tokyo school. Chopsticks lost. Marked Udagawa Kazuo sei. (3)
AN IMPRESSIVE FIGURE OF A MOTHER WITH CHILD BY UDAGAWA KAZUO (active 1900-1910).
AN IMPRESSIVE FIGURE OF A MOTHER WITH CHILD BY UDAGAWA KAZUO (active 1900-1910).

CHF 13 720

AN EARLY WORK BY MAI TRUNG THU (1906–1980).

35 x 26 cm.
Ink and gouache on silk. The sewing box. Signed: Mai Thu, seal in Chinese Characters: Mai Thu. Framed. Slightly faded colours.
AN EARLY WORK BY MAI TRUNG THU (1906–1980).
AN EARLY WORK BY MAI TRUNG THU (1906–1980).

CHF 183 300

LE PHO (1907–2001).

46 × 26 cm.
Oil on silk. Sunny landscape with bathing girls and children. Signed at lower left corner. Verso inscribed by the owner: Les baigneuses après le bain, 1963, huile sur carton isorel. Stamp of Galerie Romanet, Paris. Mounted on cardboard. Framed.
LE PHO (1907–2001).
LE PHO (1907–2001).

CHF 91 800

LE PHO (1907–2001).

60 × 73 cm.
Oil on canvas. Young lady with luxuriant flower bouquet. Signed at lower right corner.
LE PHO (1907–2001).
LE PHO (1907–2001).

CHF 122 300

A GILT COPPER ALLOY FIGURE OF THE CROWNED BUDDHA.

Tibet, 14th c. Height 25 cm.
The crown set with colourful stones and glass inlays.
A GILT COPPER ALLOY FIGURE OF THE CROWNED BUDDHA.
A GILT COPPER ALLOY FIGURE OF THE CROWNED BUDDHA.

CHF 67 400

A MAGNIFICENT HU VASE.

China, Song/Ming dynasty, height 62 cm.
Bronze with few spots of green and brown patina. The neck decorated with two heads of mythical creatures.
A MAGNIFICENT HU VASE.
A MAGNIFICENT HU VASE.

CHF 65 700

A FINELY CARVED CHICKEN BONE JADE MARRIAGE BOWL.

China, Qianlong period, width 15.5 cm.
With two fine carps in relief. Wood stand and box. Minor restoration.
A FINELY CARVED CHICKEN BONE JADE MARRIAGE BOWL.
A FINELY CARVED CHICKEN BONE JADE MARRIAGE BOWL.

CHF 13 720

A COPPER ALLOY FIGURE OF A STANDING BUDDHA.

Nepal, 16th c. Height 48 cm.
The skin parts with later cold gilding.
A COPPER ALLOY FIGURE OF A STANDING BUDDHA.
A COPPER ALLOY FIGURE OF A STANDING BUDDHA.

CHF 104 000

A FINE LACQUERED BRONZE FIGURE OF MANJUSHRI.

Tibeto-chinese, Yongle style, 15th c. Height 14.5 cm.
Gilt on brown lacquer, some details in red lacquer. Base plate lost.
A FINE LACQUERED BRONZE FIGURE OF MANJUSHRI.
A FINE LACQUERED BRONZE FIGURE OF MANJUSHRI.

CHF 91 800

A LARGE COPPER ALLOY FIGURE OF TSONGKHAPA.

Tibet, 18th c. Height 56 cm (incl. throne).
Partly lacquer gilt in two different tones. The base is sealed. Lotus flowers lost, the throne married.
A LARGE COPPER ALLOY FIGURE OF TSONGKHAPA.
A LARGE COPPER ALLOY FIGURE OF TSONGKHAPA.

CHF 36 900