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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Namikawa’s titchy teapot catches the attention

19 February 2024

The most eagerly contested lot at the Echoes Antiques & Auction Gallery (23% buyer’s premium) sale on January 23 was a Japanese cloisonné miniature teapot bearing the mark of the great Namikama Yasuyuki.

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It’s a shore thing: Namikawa Yasuyuki Japanese cloisonné vase delights

05 February 2024

Namikawa Yasuyuki (1845-1927) is one of the most famous and highly regarded masters of the art of Japanese cloisonné.

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Beastly netsuke nets five figures at German auction

08 January 2024

While auction prices for works of art from Japan can scarcely compete with those achieved for pieces from China, the sale at Hargesheimer (28% buyer’s premium) in Düsseldorf on November 30 showed that there is still a healthy market for netsuke.

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Komai casket demonstrates Meiji metalwork at its very best

02 January 2024

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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Yasuyuki masterpiece makes £11,000 in Shropshire

04 December 2023

This silver and enamel vase by Namikawa Yasuyuki (1845-1927), the great master of Japanese cloisonné, sold to an English collector for £11,000 at Halls (24% buyer’s premium).

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Back from 1910 honeymoon with a Satsuma vase

27 November 2023

Yabu Meizan (1853-1934) is considered the ‘prince’ of the so-called Satsuma medium.

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Baskets bring in the bidders

06 November 2023

Japanese Contemporary crafts currently enjoy a stronger following than more traditional works of art.

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Product of the ancient Tokoname kiln

23 October 2023

The ancient Tokoname kiln was the largest and most prolific of the so-called six ancient kilns of Japan.

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Bottle Crash in Somerset

23 October 2023

Shozo Shimamoto (1928-2013) was a founding member of the Gutai movement that looked for new ways to apply paint to a canvas.

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The Edo pecking order

23 October 2023

The Woolley & Wallis Japanese sale includes some good examples of the Edo period porcelains that wowed the European courts of the 17th and early 18th centuries.

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Dennison’s love of the Samurai

23 October 2023

The art of the Samurai comes to Essex firm Sworders on November 2.

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Southern barbarians march into a Nanban work

23 October 2023

Nanban, meaning ‘southern barbarians’, was the Japanese term for Europeans.

Bronze hawk

Plea to find stolen Meiji period Japanese bronze

18 October 2023

A Japanese bronze, estimated at £50,000-60,000, has been stolen from Hannam’s Auctioneers in Hampshire.

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Japanese weapon makers turned to peaceful pursuits

09 October 2023

An unusual, late 19th century figure of a hawk took top honours at Zacke’s (30% buyer’s premium) sale of Asian works of art on September 7-8.

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Beautiful bijin lady catches the eye on the Yorkshire coast

02 October 2023

This Japanese Imari bijin was made at the Imari kilns around 1690-1700. She wears a long kimono decorated with apple blossom and leafy branches.

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Nabeshima dish design draws on Japanese traditions

18 September 2023

Nabeshima porcelain takes its name from the clan that controlled the Saga domain in the Edo period.

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Japanese 17th century dish stars in our selection of five lots to watch in the US

13 September 2023

ATG’s selection of items coming up for auction in the US includes a c.1680 Nabeshima porcelain dish from Japan.

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Small cabinet full of decorative appeal

11 September 2023

A highly decorative example of Japanese lacquer provided one of the highlights of Tennants’ (24/20% buyer’s premium) July 15 summer sale.

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Hiroshige hauled out of a cupboard

11 September 2023

Discovered in a cupboard in a house in the Cévennes wrapped in newspaper dated 1937 were two albums containing a series of Japanese prints by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), one of the most sought-after Japanese woodblock print artists.

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5 Questions with Japanese arts specialist Malcolm Fairley

28 August 2023

Malcolm Fairley of St James’s deals in Japanese applied arts of the 19th and early 20th centuries with a focus on cloisonné enamels and metalwork.

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