Fishing in Japan – We’re “hooked”

  Inspired by our collection of Japanese Meiji-era marine-life and fishing-themed works of art, we thought it would be a good opportunity to write a short article about fishing in Japan and the important role that this industry and sport has played in Japanese life over the years.   We hope you enjoy the read and as always, you can click on any of the images in this article to take a closer look at the work in question.     As an island nation with almost 30,000 kilometres of coastline (the sixth largest in the world), fishing has been...

“A Meiji-masterpiece” – This magnificent Iron dish is our Item of the Month for July

“A Meiji-masterpiece” – This magnificent Iron dish is our Item of the Month for July

  We have delved into the vault for our object of the month for July. We are delighted to showcase this masterful Japanese Meiji-era (1868-1912) Iron charger signed Komai and depicting the dramatic scene as a giant Sea Eagle attempts to steal the days catch from a fishing village.       The Komai workshop is internationally renowned for their production of fine damascene work. Before the reign of Emperor Meiji, the Kyoto-based Komai Company specialised in fine, decorative sword fittings for the Samurai. When the carrying of swords was banished during the Meiji restoration, Komai turned their hand to...

Discover this giltwood mirror at the met museum

The History and Craftsmanship of Giltwood Mirrors

The History and Craftsmanship of Giltwood Mirrors Giltwood mirrors have long been a symbol of luxury and craftsmanship. They have graced the walls of palaces, grand homes, and stylish interiors for centuries. These opulent pieces are not just functional objects but also works of art. They reflect the history, materials, and social contexts of their times. Let’s explore the fascinating journey of giltwood mirrors, from their origins to their enduring appeal today.   Giltwood Mirror at the Museum of Metropolitan Museum Origins and Evolution The tradition of using giltwood in decorative arts can be traced back to ancient Egypt. There,...

Set of Two Halabala Armchairs- Styylish

Jindrich Halabala (1903-1978)

Jindrich Halabala (1903-1978) Jindrich Halabala was born in the Czech town of Koryčany in 1903. He became one of the most significant Czech furniture designers of the 20th century, having significant influence over the design trends of the interwar and postwar periods. Education Halabala began his education as a furniture maker in his father’s joinery workshop. Later, he completed his practical studies in the United Woodcrafts Manufacturers company (UP) in Brno. Shortly before turning twenty, Halabala enrolled in the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague. There, he learned under Professor Pavel Janák, who was a leader of the Czech Cubist...

Murano Glass Pendant Lights- styylish

Murano Glass Pendant Lights: Timeless Elegance

Murano Glass Pendant Lights: Timeless Elegance Murano glass pendant lights are not just lighting fixtures; they are exquisite pieces of art that bring a touch of Italian elegance into any space. Originating from the island of Murano in Venice, these glass creations have a rich history and are renowned for their stunning beauty and intricate craftsmanship. In this blog post, we will delve into the fascinating process of hand-blowing Murano glass for pendant lights. We will explore the storied history behind this remarkable art form and discover stunning contemporary Murano Glass Pendant Lights available for your home today. 21st Century...

Welcome to our Summer Newsletter

Welcome to our Summer Newsletter

  The Sun is finally shining here in London. The European Championships are in full swing, Glastonbury opens its gates next week and Wimbledon begins a few days later. Our long-awaited UK Summer has finally arrived and with it, our second Oriental Art Newsletter of the year. This edition is full of fascinating articles inspired by our collection of Chinese and Japanese Fine Art and Antiques. We re-tell two popular Japanese folk-tales, showcase three very special Japanese Meiji-era works of art and offer a virtual look inside the gallery displaying some of our recently added items along with a sneak...

Based on English Renaissance and Mannerist designs, this example, with its solid, vigorous form enlivened by carving, has a commanding presence.

The History and Origins of Antique Desk Chairs

The History and Origins of Antique Desk Chairs Antique desk chairs, with their rich history and diverse styles, offer a fascinating glimpse into the evolution of furniture design and craftsmanship. From the grandiose and ornate to the sleek and functional, these chairs have not only served as essential pieces of office furniture but also as symbols of status, comfort, and innovation. In this blog post, we will explore the history and origins of antique desk chairs, highlighting famous styles, materials, and designers that have left an indelible mark on this fascinating piece of furniture. Early Beginnings: The Renaissance and Baroque...

Monumental Mid Century Art Deco Style Ballroom Chandeliers with AMAZING Provenance

WE HAVE THE DISTINCT PLEASURE TO PRESENT TO YOU a selection of Monumental Mid Century Art Deco Style Ballroom Chandeliers with AMAZING Provenance. FROM THE ‘REGENCY BALLROOM’ OF THE FAIRMONT HOTEL IN DALLAS, TX – ONE OF THE MOST ICONIC HOTELS IN DALLAS We have 2 of the original 15 chandeliers in stock, that were iconic to the ‘Regency Ballroom’ and we are selling them individually or as a pair (if required). These are MONUMENTAL CHANDELIERS! Each is around 12 feet tall/long and has a base diameter of 7 feet. Made of brass and aluminum each has a brass ‘Crown’...

Maqbool Fida Husain Pen & Ink on Paper Untitled 1950

Maqbool Fida Husain Pen & Ink on Paper Untitled 1950

PRESENTING a GLORIOUS & IMPORTANT Contemporary piece of Art by probably the most recognized Indian Master – Maqbool Fida Husain – Pen & Ink on Paper Untitled 1950. Signed and dated 1950 on the bottom right. This piece has impeccable Provenance ! It was purchased by a Private Dallas Collector at Sotheby’s New York Auction on 20th September 2005. Sale No: 8111 Lot No. 246. Sotheby’s operate a twice yearly auction of Southeast Asian Art & Antiquities in New York in the months of March and September. This sale was titled “Indian and Southeast Asian Art”. The Lot is described...

Pair of Barcelona Lounge Chairs by Mies van der Rohe in Blue Leather

The Timeless Craftsmanship of Pierre Chapo (1927-1987)

The Timeless Craftsmanship of Pierre Chapo Pierre Chapo, a name synonymous with exceptional woodworking and minimalist design, left an indelible mark on the world of furniture design. His pieces, celebrated for their timeless elegance and meticulous craftsmanship, continue to inspire both designers and collectors. This blog post delves into the life, work, and philosophy of Pierre Chapo, exploring the evolution of his style, notable pieces, and the inspirations that shaped his unique approach to furniture making.   Early Life and Education Born in 1927 in Paris, Pierre Chapo grew up in an environment rich with artistic and architectural influence. His...