Author Archives: Melody Amsel-Arieli

Meiji cloisonné

The history of Japanese cloisonné

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,...

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How to collect vintage and contemporary 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...

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Meiji Satsuma earthenware reflects Japanese artistry, history and culture

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,...