Welcome to Steve Sly Japanese Art

My objective is to share with you the absolute passion that I have for the superb works of art produced in Japan during the Meiji period (1868 -1912) by artists and craftsmen who possessed truly amazing technical and artistic abilities.

It is my firm belief that these works of art, whether they be metalwork, enamel, sculptures, netsuke, lacquer or other medium, represent some of the very finest treasures ever made by man.

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Japanese Metalwork

Without doubt, the exceptional metalwork produced by Japanese master craftsmen during the Meiji period is my absolute passion. I find the gorgeous

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Japanese Ceramics

Highly skilled Japanese artisans have been producing exquisite Ceramics using a variety of techniques and in widely differing styles for many

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Japanese Okimono

Okimono can be loosely translated as “object for display” or “standing object” but is more easily understood if described as a

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Japanese Enamels

It would be difficult to argue the facts that Japanese cloisonné of the late 19th and early 20th centuries was certainly the last, if not the

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Japanese Lacquer

Let me at the outset say that in the opinion of many Japanese collectors, fine quality lacquer is currently the most undervalued, under-rated and

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Japanese Netsuke

Netsuke, the highly collected miniature carvings from 17th, 18th and 19th Century Japan were originally and primarily very simple functional

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Japanese Shibayama

A simple definition of the Japanese art form generically known as “Shibayama” is “the inlay of a design into an ivory, wood or lacquer base

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