Japanese Art Deco fans get a double treat with an auction and exhibit

Fans of Japanese Art Deco get a double treat this month – and it starts Friday and Saturday.

art deco Noritake JapanToronto auctioneer A.H. Wilkens is offering Part I of a magnificent collection of Japanese Art Deco Noritake including dresser jars, portrait plate and figures on Friday. It all hails from the Marilyn Derrin Art Deco Noritake collection. Don’t let the depth and breadth of the collection fool you – Art Deco Noritake is rare and highly sought after. The fact Derrin could assemble a collection as impressive as this is a testament to her passion for the form.

Bidding stars Friday at 7 p.m. and starts again Saturday morning at 11. The rare Noritake Indian maiden dresser jar shown here will be offered Friday. The signed piece is expected to sell for $5,000 to $7,000. If that’s a bit steep for your average Noritake collection, the auction features lots of distinctive items expected to sell for less than $500. The whole catalog is already online.

The second treat is the exhibit Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920–1945, which runs until June 10 at the Japan Society in New York.’This exhibition is the first in the U.S. to explore a little-known brand of pre-WWII modernism borne of competitive ingenuity and vivacious cosmopolitanism.’ You can learn more about the Japan art deco exhibit here.

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