Welcome to 2Covet’s very own Asian Art Month! Throughout the month of October we will be exploring the history of Asian Art alongside some first-hand content from our 2Covet Dealers, who stock and specialise in antiques and art from across the continent of Asia. We have taken inspiration from Asian Art in London and hope to provide you with a comprehensive insight into some of the exquisite Asian pieces showcased by our 2Covet Dealers.
Dealer Snippet Steve Sly Japanese Works of Art - Why is Japanese Art now so sought after?
'Japanese art from the Meiji period has been highly coveted by the western world virtually since the day the American warships led by Commodore Perry docked in Japanese waters in 1853 and, with guns pointed to the shore, demanded that the Japanese open up trade talks and trade routes with the west. This hostility brought about such radical changes as the demise of the power held by the Shogunate and a subsequent return to a government structure headed up in 1868 by the Emperor Meiji, thankfully a patron of the arts. The late 19th and early 20th century witnessed an explosion of Japanese art onto the world stage, helped in part by the various expositions in Europe and the USA. As a result, the finest pieces manufactured between 1868-1912 by Imperial artists such as Shoami Katsuyoshi, Metalworker, Namikawa Yasayuki, Enamellist and Shibata Zeshin, Lacquerer reached a new wealthy audience. These pieces were not only expensive and very limited in production at that time, but remain so some 120 years later and these particular artists amongst dozens of others, reached the pinnacle of their careers during this golden period of manufacturing.'
Asian Art has been ever-evolving for thousands of years and encompasses numerous countries, each with distinctive cultures, religions and rulers. Throughout these unique epochs, art seamlessly followed to reflect the milieu of the time. Markedly, Hindu, Buddhist & Islamic art were amongst the first to take collective symbolism of each religion and stylistically orientate the figurative meaning to far reaching Asian countries and cultures. Moving through the changing Chinese dynasties and beyond, the rich diversity of Asian Art became synonymous with the poetry and philosophy of Asia. Moreover, original, creative styles and techniques such as ritual bronzes, jades, calligraphy and tranquil ink landscapes became easily identifiable with the socio-political context of the era.
Dealer Advice Steve Sly Japanese Works of Art - How to spot a Japanese fake?
The quality of the workmanship and the technical abilities of these craftsman renders their finest pieces as virtually impossible to fake, so much so that if you are buying from reputable Dealers you can purchase these assets with absolute confidence and in the knowledge that they will be genuine works of art from the Meiji period.