Where to begin with June, a month that saw torrential downpours and floods in many parts of the country followed by one of the hottest June weeks on record, the Ministerial leadership contest coming down to a head to head between Boris and Mr Hunt, the controversial state visit for the president of the United States which passed without major incident, and of course the rather Regal Royal Ascot, where a certain Mr Dettori once again grabbed the headlines.
Back in the rather more sedate world of art and antiques we saw the 10 day Summer Olympia antiques show through to its conclusion, as well as the opening preview of the highly acclaimed and opulent Masterpiece in Sloane Square.
I attended Olympia on set up day, and was privileged to be invited with clients to the rather more glamorous and glitzy preview at Masterpiece, it is too early to gauge the success of either show, Olympia closes as I write this and Masterpiece runs until 3rd July, feedback suggests Olympia has certainly showed some encouraging signs of business particularly on opening day.
What has been evident for me this month has been the higher than usual sales of Cloisonné enamel, a market that has been heating up for some time and in my opinion still seriously undervalued, in particular the slightly later factory pieces, for example all of the Ando Jubei pieces above were market fresh from our single owner USA collection, yet have sold at very modest prices when compared to the big named pieces by the Namikawa and Kodenji masters.
Of course we strive to buy and sell the very finest signed and perfect pieces from artists such as Namikawa Yasayuki, Namikawa Sosuke and Hayashi Kodenji, however these pieces have such a huge database of worldwide collectors they rarely hit the open market, even at huge five and six figure prices they are readily snapped up an eager audience.
Please take time to read our brief history of Japanese Cloisonné HEREand see the latest more moderately priced Cloisonné examples in our enamel section HERE
The other consistent theme for June was the opportunity to purchase a number of items previously supplied by ourselves, for whatever reason, whether the sad passing of a valued client or a client simply thining out his or her collection to concentrate on higher priced pieces, We are pleased to have the opportunity to restock items from three different collections last month, items that we absolutely know the provenance and condition of !!
We are equally delighted to re-list these Japanese works to our rapidly expanding database, giving an equal opportunity to clients who have joined us in recent years and to clients who may have missed them first time around.
In this months members area we are delighted to feature one of the above mentioned items, an item previously sold by ourselves in 2016 to a European collector, a pair of outstanding quality and condition Silver mounted Gold lacquer & Shibayama vases.
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