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. 


Japan, 1630-1640

A Unique Japanese Lacquer Miniature Jewellery Cabinet

17th century

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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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A collection of Japanese lacquer portrait medallions depicting famous Europeans

An important Japanese lacquer plaque depicting the Battle of Dogger Bank by Lakwerker Sasaya (act. circa 1780-1820)

A refined Chinese silver filigree basket with cover

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A Japanese small Sawasa 'peach-form' crucible cup

A Japanese model of a Norimono, a palanquin

An extremely rare Japanese glass telescope with lacquered leather case

An extremely rare Japanese glass telescope  with lacquered stand

A  fine Japanese lacquered bamboo inro in the for of drawers

A Japanese Arita blue-and-white VOC charger

A rare Japanese lacquer box with Masonic Regalia


A Japanese Arita porcelain coffee

urn with cover 

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A series of twelve Chinese paintings in gouache on rice-paper depicting the silk production

A Japanese Arita porcelain fish-formed dish with Dutchmen

A pair of Chinese porcelain 'Batavia ware' spittons


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A pair of Chinese export oil-paintings depicting Macao and Boca Tigris

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Hishu Nagasaki Dzu, a Japanese woodblock print of Nagasaki Harbour


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A Japanese woodblock print depicting a Hollandsch Groot Schip (large Dutch ship)


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A rare small Japanese Arita porcelain 'VOC' plate

 An extremely rare circular Japanese armorial lacquer shield for the Dutch market with initials

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A very rare Japanese matchlock pistol inscribed Tenshõ Gan-nen go-gatsu, Kazari-no, Matsudaira-Awa-no-Kami for the feudal lord of the Awa area

A Japanese woodblock print of the Dutch settlement at Deshima (Deshima Oranda Yashiki Kei), Nagasaki, by Toshimaya Bunjiuemon, 1780


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Three netsuke in the form of Dutchmen


A tonkotsu (tobacco pouch) and Dutchman netsuke, signed Hasegawa Ikko


A bronze and ivory netsuke of a Japanese matchlock pistol

A Chinese “Brighton Pavilion” bamboo and cane chair

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A rare Tonkin carved ivory box with silver mounts

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A Chinese Kangxi blue-and-white porcelain 'herring' dish

A Chinese Qianlong famille rose porcelain 'Amsterdam Waterfront' dish

A Japanese wood and lacquer Suzuribako writing box and cover signed Koma Kansai

A highly important circular Japanese armorial lacquer shield for the Dutch market

A Japanese Arita blue and white porcelain wine bottle

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An extraordinary detailed Japanese hand-painted manuscript plan map of Nagasaki, with the Dutch tradepost on the island of Dejima and the Chinese tradepost Tojin in the harbour

Circa 1800

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A magnificent Chinese Cantonese ivory openwork basket with lid and original pine wood fitted box


A highly refined Chinese Cantonese ivory openwork basket with lid

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Unknown Chinese artist (18th century)

Canton sail-paddle-steamship “Gedeh”, circa 1855

A Chinese black and gold lacquered cabinet with finely made interior with a poem by Li Bai (701-762) 

Chinese School (second half 19th century)

A junk in the China sea

A large Japanese Transitional lacquer chest with gilt-metal mounts

A Japanese lacquer box with cover

Property from the Soame Jenyn’s Collection of Japanese and Chinese Art


A fine large Japanese Pictoral style lacquer cabinet with gilt-metal mounts 

A Chinese export lacquer game-chest with ivory chess set

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Four rare depictions of Westerners in gouache on silk by an anonymous Chinese artist

Former collection Mr. & Mrs. Rafi Mottahedeh

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Two Chinese stoneware 'Martaban' storage jars

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A depiction of a Spaniard in gouache on paper by an anonymous Chinese artist


Former collection Mr. & Mrs. Rafi Mottahedeh

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Attributed to Shiba Kokan (1747-1818)

Painting of a Fantasy Dutchman

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A Chinese export huanghuali, ebony and oak miniature cabinet/watch-stand


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A pair of Chinese export painted earthenware nodding-head figures

An important Chinese export 'Swellengrebel' part-dinner service


A pair of Chinese table screens with Dutchmen painted on marble

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Carte des Isles du Japon, esquelles est remarqué, la Route tant par Mer que par Terre que tiennient les Hollandios pour se transporter de la Ville de Nangasaqui a Iedo demeure du Roy de ses marmes isles
Paris 1679, by Jean-Baptiste Tavernier (1605-1689),

A Japanese Arita porcelain bottle with the initials of Opperhoofd of Deshima and Governor-general of the former Dutch East-Indies Johannes Camphuys


A Japanese Arita porcelain bottle with the initials of Opperhoofd of Deshima and Governor-general of the former Dutch East-Indies Johannes Camphuys


A Japanese Arita porcelain Apothecary bottle

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Jô Girin (act. 1779-1859)
Opperhoofd Jan Cock Blomhoff  and wet-nurse Petronella feeding Johannes,  circa 1817

Nagasaki School (early 19th century)
Two Dutchmen with their Javanese servant

Nagasaki School (early 19th century)
A Dutch woman pouring a Dutchman a glass of Dutch gin

A large Japanese silver punch-bowl by 

Y. Konoike ,Yokohama Japan

A charming Japanese Arita porcelain 'limoenkannetje' or lemon juice ewer

A Chinese Rosewood inlaid with incised

mother-of-pearl cross

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Lamqua (act. 1820 – 1860) or studio
A view of the British and Dutch factories at Canton, 1835-1849


A large Chinese blue-glazed stoneware storage jar with lid and bronze mounts