March Newsletter

March Newsletter

Dear Friends,

Welcome to our March newsletter

Spring has certainly sprung and I am looking forward to my visit to Wilton house Antiques fair March 8th-10th, thankfully I’ll be greeting my visitors without the threat of the “Beast from the East” that decimated last years event.

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Wilton House Antique Fair
Wilton House Antique Fair

I am delighted to say that I have managed to purchase further highly decorative Japanese Cloisonné enamels from the same private USA collectors estate, some of which are featured in the Cloisonné section of our gallery

Others will be held back for our visitors at Wilton house to have first look, and one or two for our members area in the coming months, thus giving everybody a fair chance to obtain a market fresh piece for their collection.

Whilst on the subject of the USA we received a request at our online gallery www.steveslyjapaneseart.com to purchase our Huge Japanese Elephant and Tiger Okimono manufactured in the Meiji period by the highly renowned Seiya foundry, the enquiry came from a lady and gentleman in Denver Colorado who were looking to position it in their magnificent Edwardian period house built in 1908.

Elephant and Tiger Okimono
Elephant and Tiger Okimono

The house holds such an interesting history, please allow me to share the owners brief story using her own words.

“This historic American mansion was built in 1908, the original resident owned a circus featuring several Asian Elephants, his pride and joy. When the city tried to deny a permit to build his house, the owner of the lot said he would pasture his Elephants there instead since there were no edicts forbidding pachyderms. With great alacrity, the permit was given ! How appropriate this bronze group by Seiya, created around the same period, will honour the history of the house in its grand entry hall.” Mrs N.S , Denver, Colorado.

Japanese Mixed metal Okimono by the leading Meiji period metalworker Oshima Joun
Japanese Mixed metal Okimono by the leading Meiji period metalworker Oshima Joun

We were delighted to be able to play a small part in such an interesting story, the Elephant Okimono has been professionally cased and on its way to Denver as we speak, I hope to share an image of it in pride of place very soon.

In this month’s members area we feature this market fresh Japanese Mixed metal Okimono by the leading Meiji period metalworker Oshima Joun 1858-1940.

For further information please visit our members area

Best wishes

Steve