This book is a comprehensive study of the Japanese Okimono's history during the Meiji Era (1868-1912) based on the Dr. A.M. Kanter's Collection with over 150 illustrations of Japanese ivory carvings, bronzes and shibayama objects. This guide covers all aspects on the subject; the author has been granted permission from the Shoto Museum of Art in Tokyo, to reproduce their entire archive listing of Japanese artists active during this period. All the various signature marks are reproduced alongside the English translation, an essential reference to facilitate collectors, dealers and scholars. Also, illustrations are provided showing how to identify all the Japanese forms of art signatures used which adds greatly to its interest for collectors. Guidance has been given to help collectors identify the various materials used for carving: ivory, walrus, hippo and bone, and how to care for these fine objects. The Japanese mythological beliefs and folk tales are explained as well as the various metalwork and shibayama techniques.
An antiques dealer since 1991, Italian-born Laura Bordignon began to specialise is Japanese art in 1997, becoming a member of the British Antique Dealers Association in 2000. Since then, she has been consulted by many collectors worldwide, with requests for guidance on expanding their existing collections or to start new ones. The fast growing interest in Japanese Okimono of the Meiji Period has been the main catalyst for this book, as very little has been published on the subject.