May Newsletter

May Newsletter

Dear Friends

Welcome to our May newsletter

The recent Easter bank holiday weekend was a scorcher and at long last it seems Spring has finally sprung, with new growth appearing on the Japanese garden as it bursts into life I must say it has been a real pleasure to spend some time attending to and admiring the fruits of last year’s labour whilst working off the Easter treats, the Bonsai and Acers appear to be doing particularly well.

One thing that certainly has not stopped growing is the number of passionate collectors joining our Japanese art database, following the emigration of the Huge Elephant and Tiger group to the USA we seem to have a recurring theme going, just this last month we posted Turtles to Germany in the form of the boxwood Tadakazu Netsuke, Goats along the South coast in the form of a Satsuma plate by Dozan, a Puffer Fish in the form of our magnificent Kaniya Kaniharu Okimono has gone to a private UK Collector, as well as a Studio pottery Dove Okimono and a fine Edo period Tsuba depicting Rats as warriors sold to two other UK based clients. Thank you for the continued support, and just to add the wonderful feedback received is much appreciated.

Where are we going to replace all of these sold items is the constant battle and sometimes a concern especially in a red hot marketplace, but with multiple private calls in the diary and experienced eyes on the ground sourcing fine Japanese works to offer us, it seems we always manage to come up with something fresh to offer our enthusiastic audience.

You will find newly listed items by leading Meiji period artists across most genres in our online gallery including in the metalwork section a splendid Tiger group by the highly acclaimed Akasofu Gyoko, and some fine quality Satsuma wares in ceramics.

With spring in the air what better time to highlight our Japanese Cloisonné enamels depicting native Flora.

With prices from late hundreds to high thousands we aim to cover most budgets and are always on hand to offer best advice and tips on collecting, we try to cater for beginners as well as world leading experts.

However I must offer a Steve Sly Japanese art health warning:
Please note that once you do begin collecting Japanese works of art it will “get under your skin” of that I have no doubt, be prepared not to stop, it is highly addictive.

Finally for now and in my opinion the absolute star of last month’s finds, a monumental Japanese Bronze Bear Okimono from the same source as the Silver bowls we featured recently.

Please see our members area for further information.

Enjoy the weather

Best wishes

Steve