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Simon Pilling: East Asian Art & Interiors

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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.

Business Address

PO Box 40062 London N6 6XB


Phone +44 (0)7946 577303



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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