Japanese Works of Art

The arts and antiques of Japan have been collected in the West ever since the country reopened its doors to trade with foreigners in the 1853. 

Japanese art spans early wood sculpture dating back to the Momoyama period and prized early porcelain from the Nabeshima or Kakiemon kilns. However many of the collectable categories of Japanese art date from the Meiji period (1868-1912) such as miniatures like netsuke and inro, metalwares, bronze sculptures, armour, swords and sword fittings such as tsuba.


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Wooden netsuke take centre stage after strict antique ivory trade regulations kick in

30 January 2023

With the ivory versions now heavily restricted, a New York auction provided a test of the current market

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News in Brief – including an auction record for any netsuke

02 January 2023

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including an 18th century Kyoto carving setting an auction record at Bonhams for any netsuke.

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Sword makers and armourers forced to turn to peaceful pursuits

02 January 2023

The Komai family of sword makers and armourers were among the many Japanese metalworkers courting a new clientele during the Meiji period (1868-1912).

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Hiroshige took a stand for the vertical format

02 January 2023

The Rokujuyoshu Meisho Zue (Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces) series was the last great landscape work created by Japanese ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858).

Polar bears vase

Japanese vase's icy blast gets a warm welcome at Bath auction

12 December 2022

The Makuzu Kozan workshop was established by Miyagawa Kozan (1842- 1916) in Yokohama, one of the main portals of trade with the West, in 1871.

Utagawa Hiroshige's Famous Views

Japanese artist’s great landscape prints star in our pick of five auction highlights

18 November 2022

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a near complete set of prints by Utagawa Hiroshige with remarkable original colouring.

Japanese cabinet

Top-selling Japanese inlaid cabinet stars in our pick of five auction highlights

11 November 2022

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a cabinet in the form of a traditional Japanese timber building that made nearly 10-times estimate.

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Four pieces of Japanese art coming up at auction

17 October 2022

A selection of Japanese art on offer at upcoming sales in London and the regions

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5 Questions: Maxime Mauchamp of Tsukimi Gallery

17 October 2022

Maxime Mauchamp of Tsukimi Gallery in Paris which offers Japanese works of art from the 20th century to contemporary, including ceramics, metalworks and cloisonné enamel pieces

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Dealer exhibitions: Initiatives aim to encourage the next generation

17 October 2022

Asian Art in London (AAL), the initiative that ties together auction houses and dealers in a common aim of promoting the UK as a market centre for Asian works of art, celebrates its 25th edition in 2022.

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Asian Art in London awards: Eyes on the prize

17 October 2022

The awards shortlist for Asian Art in London’s East Asian art season has been announced. The Antiques Trade Gazette Award for Outstanding East Asian Work of Art from an Auction House and the Apollo Award for Outstanding East Asian Work of Art from a Dealer each have three finalists.

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Previews: our pick of 14 East Asian works at upcoming auctions

17 October 2022

A selection of East Asian art on offer at upcoming sales in London and the regions

Edo period samurai suit

"It’s been my best week ever": Dealer’s Japanese armour takeaway earns a slap-up celebration ahead of Asian Art in London

10 October 2022

David Thatcher’s display of Japanese armour at Asian Art in London will be much depleted – but for positive reasons.

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5 Questions: Anastasia von Seibold

10 October 2022

Anastasia von Seibold Japanese Art is one of the emerging dealers in this year’s Asian Art in London. She stages Japanese Prints and Rare Books from a Distinguished Private Collection and Other Works of Art, from October 26-November 6 at Cromwell Place.

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Meiji era wisteria wonder

10 October 2022

This Japanese Meiji-era cloisonné vase decorated with wisteria by Namikawa Yasuyuki will feature in a US auction.

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Collector Interview: My Japanese woodblock wonders

27 June 2022

How a chance purchase of a print in a Liverpool junk shop sparked an extensive collection

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Seal of approval for Asian spring

27 June 2022

Asian art ‘circus’ moves to French capital for dealer shows and auctions in early June

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Paris plots a path to Asian art

30 May 2022

French capital follows the examples of New York and London for a dedicated week of events

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Meal time for two at Zurich auction

23 May 2022

Koller will hold a three-session sale of Asian art in its Zurich rooms on June 1.

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With this marriage chest I thee wed

23 May 2022

Translating simply as ‘a box with drawers’ but so much more exotic than that, a rare Spanish Renaissance caja con cajones was the outstanding lot at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood’s (25% buyer’s premium) quarterly fine art sale in Exeter.

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