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.

My clients' interests are varied: some wish to build a collection, while others are keen to find a specific piece for display that will express their personal artistic ideals. As a practising architect for over 30 years, I have great respect for the Japanese approach to interior design and display, and am always pleased to work with a client to discover how the setting of an artwork can both transform the quality of space and enhance the pleasure to be gained from any piece.

Working with contemporary artists it is also possible, and very rewarding, to commission a specific piece. Clients engage with the initial creative process to reach an agreed design for the work, and then over a period of time follow its journey to completion through the numerous technical stages needed to create a piece of fine lacquer art.

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.

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