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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East meets West in £11,500 cabinet

24 June 2019

The resurgent interest in quality Japanese material and the slower revival of English furniture were both evident in a cabinet on stand sold at West Sussex auction house Toovey’s (24.5% buyer’s premium).

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£40,000 sleeper is Edo export survivor

27 May 2019

Unusually for an Asian art sale, the top price at Sworders' latest offering in in Stansted Mountfitchet was paid for a Japanese work of art.

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Foreign visitors go on a journey to Exeter

20 May 2019

Topped by an eight-times estimate £19,500 Momoyama ‘Namban’ cabinet (ATG No 2391), Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood’s (21% buyer’s premium) sale in Exeter on April 16 had other estimate-busting lots from abroad.

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Five highlights estimated under £1000 at Halls’ Asian sale this week – including an Indian rarity donated to a charity shop

13 May 2019

Halls' sale on May 15 in Shrewsbury, combining Asian objects with a country house sale, has ceramics, textiles and paintings at a range of prices to tempt new collectors. ATG picked five items for closer inspection.

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Huthart collection of netsuke offered at Bonhams

06 May 2019

Robert S Huthart, the Newcastle-born manager of the Hong Kong department store conglomerate Lane Crawford, was first introduced to netsuke on a visit to Tokyo when he was given of a copy of 'The Wonderful World of Netsuke' by Raymond Bushell.

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A grand Chinese view and at Japanese teabowl stand emerge at Woolley & Wallis

06 May 2019

On May 21 Woolley & Wallis of Salisbury will offer 'The Grand View of Chao Mountain' by Zhang Da Qian (1899-1983) estimated at £100,000-150,000 as part of its sale of Chinese paintings and works of art.

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Sotheby’s to offer Shibata Zeshin panel in London sale

06 May 2019

This framed wood panel decorated in gold, silver and red lacquer with a pair of spiny lobsters on a rocky outcrop is signed 'Gyoen Hachijuni O Koma Zeshin' (An old man in his 82nd year, Kona Zeshin) and dated 1888.

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Quality counts in Japanese market

06 May 2019

Works by Namikawa Yasuyuki underline how buyers are aiming at the very best when it comes to the Japanese market ahead of a series of UK sales.

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Meiji-period cloisonné enamel vase heads back to Japan after auction in Kent

25 April 2019

A Meiji period vase by one of the greatest exponents of the intricate art of cloisonné enamel will be heading back to its country of origin after its sale at The Canterbury Auction Galleries.

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Japanese collection from the Axminster carpets family comes to auction in Cheltenham

09 April 2019

A collection of 29 Japanese objects including boxes – known as inrō – will be offered at auction at Mallams in Cheltenham next month.

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Renowned collector Nasser Khalili revealed as buyer of ‘lost’ monumental Meiji vase as he reunites it with original set

01 March 2019

The Khalili Collections revealed it was the buyer of the ‘lost’ monumental Meiji cloisonné vase that surfaced for sale in California last month.

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Two Meiji cloisonné masters emerge in the regions

18 February 2019

Two fine examples of Meiji period cloisonné brought similar multi-estimate sums at regional auctions earlier this month.

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New York gallery offers wide selection of Japanese prints in moving out sale

15 February 2019

A wide selection of Japanese prints from the 17th-21st centuries are on offer in New York next month as a leading Japanese art gallery prepares to enter its new premises.

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Seven fabulous fans going under the hammer this month

11 February 2019

With many fans going under the hammer in the coming weeks it is an ideal time to get more familiar with this market where examples can range in price from a few pounds to the high five figures.

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Monumental Meiji vase 'rediscovered' in a Californian restaurant comes to auction

14 January 2019

For over a century, a monumental 8ft (2.44m) high Meiji cloisonné vase provided the focal point to one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s oldest restaurants.

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Sotheby's hoping to be big in Japan again with London sale

03 December 2018

For the first time in a decade, Sotheby’s Asian Art in London offering included a designated sale of Japanese art on November 6.

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Meiji cloisonné provides boost to English salerooms

03 December 2018

An unusual dish from the workshop of Namikawa Yasuyuki (1845-1927) sold for £18,000 at Woolley & Wallis on November 14. But this was not the only example of top-tier Meiji cloisonné for sale last month.

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De Waal Netsuke collection brings welcome addition to Blythe Road auction

03 December 2018

A welcome addition to the November 21 Asian Works of Art sale at Matthew Barton (24% buyer’s premium) of 25 Blythe Road in west London were 79 netsuke from the collection belonging to Edmund de Waal, author of the bestselling memoir 'The Hare with Amber Eyes'. London Japanese art dealer Max Rutherston helped organise the sale and took this section of the auction.

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Netsuke portraying historical general appears in Cologne auction

19 November 2018

The sales of Asian art at Lempertz in Cologne traditionally devote a large selection to Japanese works of art and the auction on December 7-8 is no exception.

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Saleroom selection: 10 pieces of Asian art on offer in November 2018

01 November 2018

November is the UK’s busiest month of Asian art sales with a glut of auctions taking place in both London and the regions.

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