To conclude Asian Art Month, 2Covet are pleased to announce that Dealer of the Month is Steve Sly Japanese Works of Art an exceptional dealer specialising in Japanese Meiji period works of art (1868-1912).
Steve Sly’s passion for antiques and the trade itself began when he was a teenager and he had great fun learning the business from the absolute “grass roots”, dealing in anything and everything that took his fancy. After building up an extensive knowledge and hands on experience with exquisite Oriental Art, Steve fulfilled a lifelong ambition of opening his own family run Antique Shop in the picturesque area of the New Forest. With a continuous focus on high quality Japanese works of art, Steve has also exhibited at distinguished fairs and events such as Olympia Fine Art & Antiques and more recently Asian Art in London.
This year, Asian Art in London has adapted to the current climate by curating a Virtual Gallery and maintaining a digitally active presence. Steve has been committed to engaging in the on-line exhibitions by actively maintaining his profile with market fresh stock and incredible Japanese Art. Moreover, Steve has aligned the release of his inaugural Japanese Works of Art Exhibition with the build up to Asian Art in London, with the release on an initial PDF followed by a hardback copy, now available to purchase through 2Covet, here.
'Steve Sly Japanese Works of Art Exhibition Book – 2020 - Vision of an Enlightened Ruler' is an introduction to Japanese works of art from the Meiji period 1868-1912. The artists and artisan craftsmen of Japan, a beautiful and mystical chain of rugged islands in the Pacific Ocean, have been responsible for the creation of Works of Art of such breath-taking technical quality and with such a refined aesthetic taste that they rank amongst the very finest ever produced by a human hand.
One of the standout pieces featured in ‘2020 - Vision of an Enlightened Ruler’ is this Large Japanese Bronze Monkey Vase - Hokugaku I. This magnificent quality piece of Kaga metalwork reigns from the very early years of the Meiji period circa 1875. The vase is a tour de force of inlaid mixed metal work typical of the Kaga School artists, displaying various techniques of geometric mixed metal banding to the shoulders, base and neck.
Steve describes the Large Bronze Monkey Vase: “This well recorded prize winning early Meiji period artist has used his chisel as if it were a paintbrush to produce the most staggering quality rendition of a Monkey preening himself, carved deeply into the body of the bronze vase”