1 How did you get your start?
I received an excellent training working from a very knowledgeable dealer in London, with a great eye when it comes to select pieces. I developed my own interest and started to collect. After I gathered a certain amount of works, I created a website, started to share my collection on social media. I received lots of support from established dealers and started dealing.
2 What is one great discovery you have made?
I could not say it is a ‘great’ discovery, but it is always satisfying to be able to find out that a piece of art has more to say that I originally thought. I purchased a few years ago a large earthenware vase with a striking shape and a beautiful glazing.
I bought it because I loved it, without any precise information. Then I identified the maker Akitoshi Ito (b.1951), whom I did not know before my research, and I realised that this very piece was the one displayed by the artist in 1991 during the Nitten, probably the most prestigious Japanese modern crafts exhibition.
3 Something you secretly hope you’ll never sell?
I would love to find a metalwork piece by the ‘Living National Treasure’ Yukie Osumi; her inlay technique is fabulous. But I am afraid that this treasure will stay on my shelves and will not be for sale!
4 What is one thing you couldn’t do without?
A little Japanese modern enamel vase which is in my living room. I purchased it as a pair when I was visiting a flea market with my grandmother in Burgundy, where I come from. I have one of the vases, and she has the other one. Awful quality and absolutely not suitable for sale! But it has a priceless sentimental value and it reminds me of the beautiful day we had.
5 What events do you have coming up?
This autumn I will take part in Asian Art in London as an emerging dealer. A selection of artworks will be displayed at Japan House during the exhibition The Art of Collecting: Japan (October 24-November 20).
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