My business deals in fine Japanese Art and specialising in urushi (Japanese lacquer) - from Japan’s pre-modern period through to the 21st-century. Particular emphasis, however, is placed on 20th-century artistic development and the work of contemporary artists, whose dedication ensures the continuation of Japan’s quintessential lacquer arts.
My stock reflects a lifelong interest in the traditional fine and decorative arts of Japan, coupled with a passion for the country’s artistic culture and way of life. For me the story behind each work of art — its provenance, its use, its cultural significance — is as important as the intrinsic beauty and craftsmanship of the piece itself.
Virtually all my stock is sourced in Japan where, through regular travel, I have developed a trusted network of Japanese artists and dealers. Ongoing research and scholarship, building on an MA in East Asian Art gained at Sotheby's, ensures that clients may confidently rely on a professional service and advice based on in-depth expertise.
My goal is to build long-term trusting relationships with discriminating clients. Once a year, in November, I hold a themed exhibition in central London as part of Asian Art in London Week. At all other times my business is 'by appointment' only.
PO Box 40062 London N6 6XB
REIWA – beautiful harmony
This year marks the beginning of a new Imperial era - Reiwa – the fifth since the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate. In each era the arts have played a key role in reflecting the challenges of the time. My exhibition examines this through the works selected for exhibition.
28 October - 8 November
|Monday – Friday||10.00 - 18.00|
|Saturday 2 November||11.00 - 17.00|
|Sunday 3 November||11.00 - 21.00|
|Saturday 9 November||Closed|
FOOD CONTAINER by ASADA Shinsui (1901-82) Showa 21, 1946 Carved coloured lacquers 24.5 (dia.) x 30 x 8.5 cm.
Provenance: This work was gifted to Japan’s first post-war prime minister Yoshida Shigeru (1878-1967), who led Japan through the period of American occupation, setting the framework for Japan’s economic recovery during his premiership of 1946-54. Signed and sealed. Signed and sealed tomobako