Японские произведения искусства
на аукционе в Монако

The auction house Hermitage Fine Art in Monte-Carlo will host new public sales at the Hotel Metropole on 7 and 8 of July 2020. The collections will feature Russian Art, Fine Art and Objects of Vertu, and Autographs, Manuscripts, Rare Books and Photographs. Interested bidders will be able to participate via livestreaming. Bidders will be able to participate through online platforms, by telephone or in person (by pre-registration). The sales are scheduled at:
Tuesday, 2020 July 7
14:00 CET - Russian Art
Wednesday, 2020 July 8

Worthy of attention for Japanese collectors is lot 709 from the Manuscript auction: a typed letter with manuscript P.S and signature by Matsukata Kōjirō (1866-1950), the most important Japanese private collector of French art of the late 19th-20th century. This lot includes also a handwritten invoice regarding the purchase of 13 works of art from the Durand Ruel Gallery in New York (Paris, dated 27/11/1921).

Kojiro Matsukata was the first president of the Kawasaki Dockyard Co. and the founder of the Matsukata Collection at the National Museum of Western Art of Tokyo. His artworks collection started during World War I, when he travelled around Europe acquiring paintings, sculptures, furniture and more from various art galleries, reaching an amount of about 10,000 works. Following the collapse of Kawasaki Dockyard’s major bank, he resigned as president and was forced to dispose of his own property to sustain his company: the artworks he held in Japan were dispersed in several auctions. Of those he had left in Europe, some were destroyed by a fire in London and some sequestrated in Paris during World War II as enemy property, and they came to possession of the French government. In 1959, France returned many of them to the Japanese government as a sign of the renewed harmony between the two nations. These artworks can now be found at the National Museum of Western Art.
Another Japanese presence in the Monte-Carlo Fine Art auction is lot 509: Fillette à l’oiseau, by Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968), an artist who combined traditional Japanese techniques and perspectives with the ideas of the European avantgarde. This lot of interesting provenance comes from the collection of the famous violinist Lord Yehudi Menuhin (1916-1999) and has a value of € 200,000 – 250,000.


The Manuscripts auction will also present an English translation of a limited signed edition of Haruki Murakami’s Kafka on the shore, a novel that received the World Fantasy Award in 2006 (lot 734).

原稿オークションではまた、2006 年にワールドファンタジーアワ ードを受賞した小説、村上春樹の「海辺のカフカ」限定署名版の 英訳(ロット 734)も提示されます。
Beside this interesting variety of Japanese heritage, the upcoming auctions will present some other incredible top lots, like La Butte Pinson à Montmagny, by French painter Maurice Utrillo (1883-1955). Originally from Montmartre, this artist spent most of his life in Montmagny, and this painting (lot 510) depicts his house, la Butte Pinson. The piece was painted during the transition to his esteemed “white period” a lingering influence of Impressionism. An extremely talented artist, Utrillo is celebrated for his cityscapes and landscapes characterised by naiveté and ingeniousness. Some of his works were exposed at the 1909’s Salon d’Automne.
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Written by Elisa Passaretti.