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July 2018 Newsletter

Dear Friends, Welcome to our July newsletter 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
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SPOTLIGHT ON CLOISONNE ENAMELS - ARGUABLY THE GREATEST JAPANESE ART

Whilst showcasing one of our latest Japanese works of art , this large and highly important Cloisonné enamel vase by Kumeno Teitaro 1865-1939 , this seems an ideal opportunity to highlight our brief snapshot of the history of Japanese Enamels, please enjoy the read and of course the vase itself . Enamels It would be difficult to argue the facts that Japanese cloisonné of the late 19th and early 20th centuries was certainly the last, if not the greatest of the Japanese arts. Originating in Europe sometime in the 11th century B.C, cloisonné had undergone numerous transitions and name changes, prior to arriving in Japan in the 17th century as a decorative but poorer quality representation of finer Chinese works. It was not until 1838 that an artist known as Kaji Tsunekichi literally re-invented the art of making cloisonné , and produced the first free standing items ,such were his skills that soon the