Adam’s offers for the European Asian art market


Adam’s of St Stephen’s Green has appointed Thibault Duval to head its new Asian art department.

This move is partly in response to Brexit, according to Adam’s James O’Halloran – “because Asian art from Europe should normally have gone to the UK, but it is no longer the case” – and partly because the French native was looking for a new adventure.

Duval’s first sale of over 500 lots from a range of international collections will take place on June 29 and 30

Holder of a master’s degree in art history from the Louvre School in Paris and a law degree from the Sorbonne, Duval trained in major museums including the Louvre, as well as in auction houses at the renowned Artcurial and Drouot auctions, where he headed the Asian arts department.

Member of the Société des Amis du Musée Guimet in Paris and of the London Oriental Ceramic Society, he practices Chinese calligraphy in homage to his interest in everything oriental.

An exhibition of the sale was held last week in Paris, which can be seen on Adam’s Instagram feed, and is worth a look as it shows how well Asian art and ceramics work against the backdrop of a neoclassical Parisian apartment.

Very rare model in red coral of a standing lady from the beginning of the 20th century in China 20,000 – 40,000 €

A rare Phoenix jade wine jar - Qing Dynasty € 6,000 to € 8,000

A rare Phoenix jade wine jar – Qing Dynasty € 6,000 to € 8,000

The catalog is also interesting to read, especially lots 362 to 398, which relate to a collection of samurai art from a French scholar, where the provenance and details read like a museum companion.

Also of interest are the collection formerly owned by Italian-born Argentinian industrialist Mauro Herlitzka and an Irish collection of fine netsuke and sagemono accompanied by nine books on the subject.

A collection of jade and stone sculptures assembled by French astronomer and patron of the arts, Joseph Vallot, was known as the Jade Collection on the Roof of Europe when it was last sold via Drouot in 1925.

Vallot, who has climbed Mont Blanc more than 30 times, had established an observatory at an altitude of 4,362 m on the mountain (four times higher than Carrauntoohil). Here he installed a Chinese Salon where his collection of oriental works of art piqued such curiosity that there was an endless troop of visitors including Pope Pius XI.

From the collection of Argentine diplomat Juan Carlos Enrique Katzenstein, who served as ambassador to Beijing in the 1970s and later to the Holy See and the Vatican, is a “large roll of dog paint bearing the apocryphal signature of Giuseppe Castiglione, also known as Lang Shining ”.

Katzenstein spent months examining the painting, which is accompanied by extensive documentation, as he believed it was the work of Castiglione, the Italian Jesuit priest who served as an artist at the imperial court of three emperors.

A large scroll painting of a dog bearing the apocryphal signature of Giuseppe Castiglione, also known as Lang Shining.  but supposed to be by the Italian priest by the former owner Argentine diplomat, Juan Carlos Enrique Katzenstein.  The book is accompanied by documentation of Katzenstein's months of research 10,000 to 12,000 €

A large scroll painting of a dog bearing the apocryphal signature of Giuseppe Castiglione, also known as Lang Shining. 10,000 to 12,000 €

While the dogs were identified as belonging to Emperor Qianlong, as confirmed by the Album of Ten Prized Dogs, a work commissioned by the Empire in Castiglione, housed at the National Palace Museum in Taipei, Adam’s describes the work. , which is listed with an estimate of € 10,000 to € 12,000, as a Chinese school.

It will be interesting to see if Adam’s new Asian department will continue to attract collections and senders from across Europe, in response to Ireland’s new position as the only English-speaking country in the European Union. adams.ie


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