To celebrate the upcoming multi-national sporting event – Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, 2Covet thought it was fitting to shine a light on our exquisite Japanese works of art collection.

The Olympic games were originally set to take place from July 24 to August 9, 2020 but were sadly postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The opening ceremony will take place at the Tokyo Olympic stadium on July 23rd and will feature a reduced number of athletes, with no spectators, therefore the worlds audience will be cheering on the teams in a virtual manner.

Japanese Art and Antiques have forever fascinated Westerners, the history of seclusion between Japan and the rest of the world has fueled the demand since Japan opened trade with the rest of the world in the 1850’s, Japanese antiques are now amongst the most collectable pieces in the world, 2Covet is the perfect place to begin a love affair with Japanese antiques.

Meiji period

The Meiji period 1868-1912 is commonly referred to as “The Restoration” a period of 44 years when Japan entered modernity, and the art produced certainly flourished because of this and with the support of the Emperor Meiji. More types of art were being created than before, with artists having the freedom of designing pieces now destined for the export market, rather than the stricter commissions of wares previously being utilized within the Japanese system.

Highly skilled Japanese artists have been producing exquisite Ceramics using a variety of techniques and in widely differing styles for many centuries. Their innovative and artistic output, often of staggering quality, has always been treasured not only within the domestic market, but also by collectors and connoisseurs worldwide, for centuries Japanese Ceramics had found their way to European houses of nobility.

However, many other stunning works of art were not accessed, or known, by the wider world until the onset of the Meiji period; an era in which Japan’s arts exploded onto the world stage, courtesy of the numerous expositions of the late 19th century.

Japanese Works of Art have always clearly expressed their ancestral preference for natural materials and used nature as an inspiration for decorative pieces. Metal-wares and Ceramics are both renowned Japanese art forms, pottery being the earliest known artefact, these pieces are among the finest in the world.

2Covet have original Japanese Works of Art for sale directly from world renowned specialists and experts. We offer a wide range of Japanese works of art, such as Japanese ceramics, furniture, bronzes, sculptures, and paintings from the Edo Period to the sought-after Meiji Period, including modern masterpieces.

The earliest Japanese pieces on 2Covet are from the 18th century and many have an incredible history. For example, on 2covet the charming Late Eighteenth Century Negoro Lacquer Netsuke is of the Edo Period. A ShiShi dog with its mouth open is to scare away evil demons and with its mouth closed, to keep good spirits in. Porcelain ShiShi sitting on its hind legs in a guarding pose, would often be used as a protective symbol.

So we wish all of the Olympians the best of luck tomorrow. Now it’s your turn to go for gold and covet your next Japanese treasure.