Japanese Works of Art

The arts and antiques of Japan have been collected in the West ever since the country reopened its doors to trade with foreigners in the 1853. 

Japanese art spans early wood sculpture dating back to the Momoyama period and prized early porcelain from the Nabeshima or Kakiemon kilns. However many of the collectable categories of Japanese art date from the Meiji period (1868-1912) such as miniatures like netsuke and inro, metalwares, bronze sculptures, armour, swords and sword fittings such as tsuba.


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Foujita record brings many happy returns for Bonhams

13 October 2018

'La fête d’anniversaire' by the Japanese-French artist Léonard Foujita (1886-1968) sold for a hammer price of £6.1m (plus buyer's premium) to one of eight phone bidders at Bonhams’ Impressionist and Modern Art sale on October 11.

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Trio of shibayama sales reflects Japanese demand

08 October 2018

The growing momentum behind at least some Japanese works of art – given Sotheby’s seal of approval with the announcement of its first dedicated sale in 11 years (ATG No 2357) – has been noted at a lower level in provincial rooms for some time.

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Autumn Battersea fair puts the focus on Japonism

24 September 2018

Japonisme, western art inspired by Japanese art and design, is the theme of the next Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair in London’s Battersea. At the event, which runs from October 2-7, a showcase in the foyer focuses on pieces that reflect the influence of Japanese design on European interiors.

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Prints of the legendary 47 ronin feature in New York exhibition

17 September 2018

A series of woodblock prints by the Japanese artist Kuniyoshi (1798-1861) portrays the 47 ronin, a group of ferociously loyal samurai who famously avenged their master’s death.

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Who was Mondo? Japanese art dealer discovers unusual dragon sea king netsuke

13 August 2018

Dealer Rosemary Bandini, who specialises in Japanese netsuke, calls a figure that she sold recently one of her most frustrating yet intriguing discoveries to date.

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Christie’s to celebrate anniversary of Japanese-French diplomatic relations with dedicated auction

27 July 2018

Auction house Christie’s will celebrate the 160th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and Japan with an auction called Japonisms at Christie’s Paris in November, writes Hannah Stokes.

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Mask netsuke prove a mixed bag but head is highlight

25 June 2018

The 195-lot collection of mask netsuke amassed by Swiss entrepreneur Peter Müller met with mixed success when offered by Matthew Barton (24% buyer’s premium).

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Results for Kakiemon and Meiji metalwork underline stronger market for Asia’s ‘second tier’

11 June 2018

Results for Kakiemon and Meiji metalwork underline stronger market for Asia’s ‘second tier’

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Dealer launches summer samurai expo in the Netherlands

08 May 2018

A Japanese art and antiques event focusing on the history of the samurai launches in Utrecht this summer.

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Kensington Church Street dealers ask trade to be vigilant following thefts

26 March 2018

A thief who targeted Kensington Church Street dealers is believed to have struck again.

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Unprecedented collection of maps of Japan offered by Daniel Crouch Rare Books in Tokyo

21 March 2018

Daniel Crouch Rare Books offers what is dubbed the largest collection of maps of Japan ever to come on the open market at this week’s Tokyo Book Fair.

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Netsuke fans look further afield

12 March 2018

With Bonhams the only one of the ‘big three’ in this market, other salerooms carve out a role...

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Sweet okimono success in Shropshire

12 March 2018

Widely exported during the Meiji period to a Western market newly awake to the skills of Japanese craftsmen, okimono now often appear at provincial salerooms.

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The importance of TEFAF Maastricht and my star item this year – images and video

26 February 2018

Here we ask the dealers who participated in ATG's Round Table discussion the reasons why they choose to stand at the fair and ask them to pick out a star item they are taking this year.

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Japanese arms come via Holland to Cheltenham

23 October 2017

Mallams will sell a significant Dutch collection of Japanese swords and armour as part of this week’s auction of Chinese, Japanese, Indian and Islamic Art in Cheltenham on October 25-26.

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Major Japanese arms and armour collection offered in Cheltenham auction

21 October 2017

A substantial collection of Japanese arms and armour formed by a Dutch collector will be offered at auction in Cheltenham next week.

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Meiji okimono by Nogami Ryuki at Laura Bordignon

27 September 2017

This Japanese bronze okimono of turtles – symbolic of longevity and good luck – belonged to the empress Shōken (1849-1914), the consort of the emperor Meiji who ruled Japan from 1868-1912.

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Pair of Edo iron and bronze vases at Kevin Page

27 September 2017

The collection of Japanese and Chinese works of art at Eaton Neston near Towcester was formed largely by Thomas George Fermor-Hesketh (1849-1924).

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Japanese screen reveals demand

11 September 2017

The slow, but observable, return of competition for fine Japanese works of art was evident at Hannam’s (20% buyer’s premium) of Selborne on August 23 in the form of this large Meiji ivory scholar’s table screen, below.

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Tiger displays bite as Kent tartanware checks in

10 July 2017

One of the earliest examples of the lucrative tartan tourism, which dates back to George IV’s visit to Edinburgh in 1822 and was turbo-charged by Queen Victoria’s love of the Highlands, were the sycamore boxes and trinkets made in small factories in the little Ayrshire town of Mauchline.

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