The history of Japanese cloisonné

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Although certain artists often exhibit characteristic techniques and motifs, no two pieces of Japanese cloisonné are exactly alike. Experts say prices range across the board from less than $200 for more commercial pieces up to the six-figure range for the most exceptional examples, however rare Japanese cloisonné remain underpriced in relation to the talent, training, effort and time required for their creation. Read More +

How to collect vintage and contemporary wine

vintage Windsor Vineyards wine

An entire industry has evolved to meet the needs of wine lovers: They join wine clubs, read wine reviews, take wine classes, enjoy winery tours, frequent wine festivals and savor wine tastings. But how does a wine enthusiast become a wine collector? Slowly, advises several experts. These tips will help you become a better wine collector … or help you start your own wine collection. Read More +

Meiji Satsuma earthenware reflects Japanese artistry, history and culture

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Vibrantly and painstakingly crafted, Meiji Satsuma earthenware literally reflects Japanese artistry, history and culture, from the featured themes and motifs to the art form’s minute liquid gold embellishments and ivory to yellow fine-crackled glazes. Noted for their dense ornamentation, Satsuma can be embellished with borders of varying types and patterns, including enamel, geometric, brocade, scroll, latticework and lush florals. Read More +

KPM Plaques: As Konigliche Porzellan reclaims post-crash highs, a fresh wave of fakes hurts collectors

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Unlike canvas paintings that fade with time, KPM painted plaques retain their rich, vibrant colors and soft, glowing skin tones indefinitely. The secret? Dealer Afshine Emrani says it’s the porcelain. “The magic of a KPM plaque,” he adds,“ is that it will look as crisp and beautiful 100 years from now as it does today. If two paintings on porcelain are identical, today’s collectors will pay significantly more for the one produced on fine KPM porcelain.” Read More +