As I sit and write this newsletter in the cool confines of my office the outside temperature here on the coast reads a sultry 29 degrees, further inland it is well up into the 30’s, that’s just too hot for work!!
What’s hot in Japanese works of art? well once again it appears to be Metalwork & Satsuma that remain a continual steady investment, I have this month witnessed remarkably high auction prices for more commercial Japanese Metalworks by recognised artists, and that trend continues with high quality Satsuma realising prices that have certainly caught my eye in recent months.
As leading specialists in both genre of goods we naturally have an ever increasing database of clients waiting for fine quality items to come into our stock, as such we are constantly seeking to find these fresh to the market pieces.
We were delighted to find a new home in Yorkshire for one of the Ryozan vases that we recently acquired from an Australian collection, just to remind those of you that may have missed this piece that the large Ryozan pair from the same source are still available.
With galleries and antique shops somewhat tentatively opening their doors and auction rooms beginning to list fresh goods for sale I can sense a much needed breath of life coming back into our industry, so much so that we took the leap of faith to bring our part time staff back from furlough, meet Ella and Alice in the packing department, they are not cheap but certainly worth every penny
On reflection and on a more serious note I consider that I have been very fortunate to have built and developed a successful online trading platform which has not only introduced me to many new friends and collectors around the world, but has also been the mainstay of my business for the bulk of this surreal period, and as far as I can see will continue to dominate my business for the foreseeable future.
I wanted to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for your continued support, whether buying, selling or just engaging with me from time to time, it means a lot to me and is very much appreciated particularly in what has been a trying period for many small businesses.
As further recognition of your support I am introducing a unique 20% discount offer to the FIRST enquiry of July, and strictly limited to our online members and newsletter subscribers. If you have a piece on your wish list that falls outside your budget then now is the time to act, simply e-mail your enquiry including the words “Summer 20“ to firstname.lastname@example.org to qualify for this unique offer which is limited to one private collector ONLY.
Looking at the year ahead I have some very exciting plans for the Autumn period in place of what would have been my Asian Art London gallery exhibition from Oct 26th – Nov 5th, I have been working hard on curating a very exciting collection that I am looking forward to sharing with you in the not too distant future, I will keep my powder dry for the next couple of months whilst I finalise that collection, but can assure you that as valued members of Steve Sly Japanese Art you will be updated with the latest news and have an opportunity to preview the magnificent Japanese works of art that have been specifically collated for this virtual event.
Included will be eye watering examples of metalwork by leading Meiji period artists, enchanting Textiles that will certainly brighten up any room setting, together with exceptional condition examples of lacquer and Shibayama wares, just some of the pieces I will be bringing to the market in the Autumn period.
Enjoy your Summer and whatever you do please keep safe.