China & Japan

Due to its long history of seclusion to the rest of the ever-changing world, Japan was and still is a very tradition-set empire. Only the Portuguese and later the Dutch were allowed to trade with the country, which resulted in a relatively untouched and unique culture. The Japanese are famous four their balance in life and with nature as well as their spirituality and great patience. Possibly this is the reason Japanese have taken crafts and art to one of the highest levels achievable. Japanse art and antiques are by far the richest, beautiful and are elaborate in all their simplicity. Whereas the rest of the world, during the 12th century and onwards was in horror vacui (the fear of emptiness in art), the Japanese maintained 'simplicity is sophistication'. Renowned for their lacquer, ivory and wood carvings, porcelain, painting and all other artistic outings, the Japanese are the absolute craftsmen of the world.

The Chinese civilization is one of the oldest in the world, and also one with the most recognizable tradition of artistic style unique in the world. From early archaic bronzes to Chine de Commande or China for the West: all Chinese art is recognized by exquisite craftsmanship and high desirability.

Immense quantities of Chinese porcelain were exported to Europe. The porcelain made under Emperor Wanli, (1572-1620), was the first porcelain shipped to the West by the Portuguese. This so-called 'kraak' porcelain, was very valuable, and for instance, the Dutch, who did not have an East-India fleet at that time, would enter the Portuguese ships as pirates and steal the precious cargo. As the ships were called 'kraken', the porcelain soon became known as 'kraak' porcelain. Starting from the 17th century the rest of the world started trading with China and all sorts of Chine de Commande was imported. Such as the high-quality Kangxi porcelain pieces, or Qianlong porcelain with European coat-of-arms.

The Chinese produced for the West, but they still produced porcelain in their own 'Chinese taste' for the domestic market. These objects are still loved by the Chinese, as the products for the West are still valued by the Westerners. 

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An extremely rare Japanese six-fold screen depicting Commodore Matthew Perry’s flagship, the USS Mississippi

A rare and fine pair of Chinese export porcelain ‘Table Bay’ dishes

A rare Japanese export-lacquer secretaire, possibly for the American market

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A Collection of Netsuke depicting Dutchmen

A fantastic Japanese fully articulated ivory and bone okimono of a dragon

A rare Chinese export porcelain famille rose ‘Danish East-India Trading Company’ saucer

An early Chinese wood sculpture of a Portuguese or Spanish Jesuit

A pair of Chinese blue-and-white 'Kraak' porcelain 'cricket' bowls

Wanli, late 16th/early 17th century

A rare Japanese Ko-Imari porcelain 'VOC' charger
1st half 19th century

A rare Tibetan or Peranakan silver mounted tortoise carapace
Late 18th/early 19th century

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The Last intact lacquer Baluster
of the Bed of State Fence gifted to
Amalia van Solms (1602-1675),
the 'Mother of the house of Orange'.

An extremely fine lacquered and unique intact Japanese export lacquer baluster made on order by the VOC for Amalia van Solms 

Ura Gyokukin (act. early 19th century)

View of the Port of Nagasaki with the Dutch Island of Deshima

A Japanese lacquer box with depiction of a Dutchman

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A rare Japanese export lacquered Federal-style side-table for the American market

A pair of miniature reverse-glass paintings of ladies in a landscape, in original maple wood frames

Hashimoto Gyokuransai, artist’ name Utagawa Sadahide (1807-1878/79) Gokaikõ Yokohama õezu: kan (Large illustration of the Opening of the Port of Yokohama: complete)

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A unique and exceptional Japanese miniature or dollhouse export lacquered chest

A Fine Chinese Export silver cutlery set

A Japanese Cypresswood or hirohi ‘Walsh, Hall & Co, Yokohama’ tea chest Yokohama, 1862-1897, with inscription reading: Choisest Natural Leaf Yamashiro Tea, Packed by Walsh, Hall & Co, Yokohama.

A fine Japanese export black and gold lacquered Pictorial-style dish

A fine Japanese lacquer cabinet with gilt-copper mounts for the European market

A fine Japanese export red lacquer box with Masonic symbols

A Japanese octagonal blue and white Arita porcelain ‘Frijtom’ bowl with a harbour scene

Japanese Namban lacquer transition-style coffer with two drawers

A Japanese lacquered leather telescope

A Japanese fully articulated ivory okimono of a dragonfish

A Japanese fully articulated ivory okimono of a crab by Dai Kyoun

An extremely fine Japanese fully articulated ivory okimono of a spiny lobster, ebi, by Yamazaki Nankai

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A Japanese Arita blue and white porcelain Ko-imari, map dish

Hashimoto Gyokuransai, artist’ name Utagawa Sadahide (1807-1878/79)


Yokohama kaikõ kenbunshi (Record of sights and sounds in the open port of Yokohama, 1862)

A ruyi-shaped Shakudo-style erotic tobacco or snuff box, relief-decorated with silvered applied figures

A Sawasa-ware export silver and gold tobacco box

A Manuscript of a moxibustion instruction, Jinjyu-Chojyu-Kyu, as a Divine Charm for Longevity, with depiction in colour of three Dutchmen, the Dutch delegation to the Shogun in 1767



Japan, 1630-1640

A Unique Japanese Lacquer Miniature Jewellery Cabinet

17th century


A Japanese Arita blue and white porcelain VOC dish


A Chinese refined reticulated tortoise-shell export basket with lid


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Edo period, mid 19th century

An extremely rare collection of twenty-four paintings of fish


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An extremely rare wood Japanese Okimono of a Dutchman playing with a bat 

A rare Chinese export porcelain 'Sichterman' sugar bowl and cover, kandijpot


A Chinese armorial export blue and white porcelain 'Schreuder' plate

A large Chinese armorial export blue and white porcelain 'Van der Does - Stein van Gollenesse' charger

Another rare Chinese famille rose porcelain 'VOC' cup and saucer


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A pair of very large Chinese armorial export blue and white porcelain 'Pelgrom' chargers

A rare Chinese wood figure of a Dutch lady


A Chinese export painting depicting Canton after the Great Fire of 1-2 November 1822


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Engelbert Kaempfer

De Beschryving van Japan, behelsende een verhaal van den oude en tegenwoordigen Staat en Regering van dat Rijk, ...... benevens eene Beschrijving van het Koningryk Siam ........Uyt het Engelsch in ‘t Nederlands vertaalt. Published in 1729 by P. Gosse and J. Neaulme, ‘s Gravenhage, and Balthasar Lakeman, Amsterdam.

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A Japanese wood 'Edict board', kosatsu


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A Japanese World map woodblock print, Sekai Bankoku Nihon Yori Kaijo Risu Ojo Jimbutsu (Pictorial map of distances from Japan, the names of many lands and their people)

A Japanese Woodblock print map of Nagasaki harbour, Shinkan Nagasaki no Dzu.

Published by Baikodo and dated 1st year of Kyowa (1801)

A pair of Japanese blue and white Arita porcelain bottles with the initials of Governor-General Joan van Hoorn of the former Dutch-Indies

A Japanese colour woodblock print.
Nagasaki-é, depicting drunk Dutchmen


A Japanese colour woodblock print,
Nagasaki-é, depicting a Dutchman

Yoshitsuya Utagawa (1822-1866)
A Japanese colour woodblock print,
Yokohama-é, depicting a caricature King William II

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A Japanese colour woodblock print,
Nagasaki-é, depicting a Dutch East Indian Ship, Oranda Sen no Zu, entitled, “Son, Maan, Sterre.”


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A collection of Japanese Netsuke depicting Dutchmen

A Japanese lacquer Transitional-style chest in the early pictorial-style, with a lid, doors, drawers and pilasters on the corners


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Katsushika Hokusai (1760- 1849)

A Japanese colour woodblock print,
Nagasaki-é, depicting Nagasaki-ya (Nagasaki hotel)

Inro, ojime and baku netsuke, signed: Koma Koryũ (died before 1789)


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Unknown Japanese artist (19th century)
Large panoramic painting of the bay of Nagasaki, painted after photographs taken by Pierre Rossier (Swiss 1829 – c. 1886), in 1860


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A Japanese lacquer plaque depicting the roadstead of Batavia by 'Lakwerker Sasaya'


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Edward Meyer Kern (1823-1863)

“Peak Horner, Southern extreme of Japan”

Roland Strasser (1895-1974)

Japanese Geisha

A Japanese two-fold screen, byobu, possibly by Araki Kunsen (1781-1819), depicting a Dutch couple

A unique large Dutch-colonial Japanese black lacquer cabinet chest with silver mounts


A rare large Japanese blue and white Arita porcelain 'VOC Leve Patria' charger



A large Dutch-colonial Japanese chestnut cabinet chest with brass mounts

Two large Chinese blue and white porcelain Wanli 'Kraak' bowls


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Willem Dooijewaard (1892-1980)

Portrait of a Geisha

A very fine Chinese gilt-bronze figure of Guanyin
Ming-dynasty, late 16th/early 17th century


Collection of a Dutch Nobleman, commander of the guard of the Dutch legation in Beijing from 10 October 1907 to 1 August 1909, thence by descent to the previous owner



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An extremely important painting by Adriaen Souter (1628-1670) and an unknown Chinese artist

Vertooninge. Vande. habijten. Gestalte. ende. vergaderinge. /der. Nieuwe Christenen op. Formosa. Int. Dorp. Soulang. / soo. als. Gods. woort. In Hare Taale Is Gepredict/ vanden. E.D. Roberto. Junio. Anno 1643. Door een/ chinees. Aldaer geschildert.
(Depiction of the clothing, figures and assembly of the new Christians in Formosa in the village of Soulang, while the Word of God is preached in their language by the minister Robert Junius, anno 1643. Painted there by a Chinese artist).


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A Chinese wood sculpture of a Dutch lady
Late 17th century

Laszlo Tatz (1888-1951)
Portrait of a Chinese woman


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