As I write this the curtain is about to fall on the London Olympia Art and Antiques show, a week that included Royal Ascot, an unprecedented heatwave and further World cup shocks, yes, England had qualified for the last 16 with a game to spare, whilst across town in SW3 the highly acclaimed Masterpiece previews to the select few prior to its seven day stint 28th June – 4th July.
This year Olympia started on a Wednesday morning, arranged to coincide with the four day house and garden show in the adjoining hall, a marketing initative by the organisers designed to drive business and new footfall between the two events, although met with trepidation by a cynical few, it seemed a natural correlation and made perfect sense to me, in the early days of the show I would say general footfall was up, and included one incredibly famous young UK Pop Diva, who as I understand made multiple purchases, this type of celebrity audience can only be good news for the industry as a whole, and actually goes some way to reinforce what stunning value antiques can be, as well as representing safe investments if hand picked from the leading dealers in their specialist fields, we invest in our Japanese works of art with absolute confidence, it’s really rewarding to see others following suit.
I am sure that many of the more decorative and furnishing stands may have benefitted from this initiative and in my view it can only be applauded, however for ourselves specialising in such a niche market as Japanese works of art the difference may take longer to become tangible. We opened in the manner we have become accustomed to at these events, many of our regular dealer and collector clients snapping up the market fresh pieces in the opening hours, we also met fresh overseas clients leading up to the weekend, with multiple sales to Russian, Japanese, USA and even Chinese collectors, a big thank you to the friends and new clients that visited us during the week.
In last months newsletter we reported that one of our featured items at Olympia was to be a Monumental exhibition quality textile.
As with most world class items of this magnitude, and coupled with its internet exposure, it did not take long for this masterpiece to be spotted, I am pleased to say it has now found a new home in arguably one of the world’s finest Japanese collections, I sincerely apologise to anybody that missed seeing it at the show.
We now move from London to Birmingham for our last event of the Summer, the Antiques for everyone at the Nec, open from Thursday to Sunday 19th-22nd July, find us in our usual spot Hall 18 stand F20.
For complimentary tickets please click here. We very much look forward to exhibiting further “market fresh” Japanese works of art, especially reserved for this event.
Once again our ever popular Members area has attracted visitors and subscribers from around the globe, this month’s exclusive featured item is an opulent mixed metal onlaid and inlaid vase of huge proportions, late 19th century mid Meiji period, and firmly attributed to the Ikeda Gomei company, this piece comes with a USA collection provenance.
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We look forward to seeing some of you in Birmingham, in the meantime enjoy this glorious weather.