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Momoyama Gallery - Fine Antique Asian Art and Japanese Tea Bowls
The Momoyama Gallery is selling fine antique Asian Art with a special emphesis on Japanese tea bowls for tea ceremony (chawan for chado), Ceramic Art (especially Japanese Ceramics), Asian Painting like hanging scroll art and ukiyo-e and unique religious art.
We present items from the Momoyama, Edo & Meiji Period as well as contemporary Studio Art from Japans leading potters like Shoji Hamada, rare and precious tea bowls, Samurai pieces, exquisite Chinese Antique Art & antique Buddha Statues.
We also offer a fine and exclusive selction of important African Art like tribal art, masks, statues and fetish objects.
We constantly take care that every piece of Asian and African Art in our exebition is original, unique an aesthetically pleasing. Our private collection has been built over years on many journeys to Japan, China and Africa as well because of our worldwide relations and contacts to collectors, antique dealers and museums.
We do our best to accurately describe each item and to ensure that our photographs show each item from all angles. To buy & shop with confidence, we offer PayPal Buyer Protection Policy.
Please feel free to contact us. We speak english, french & german.
If you are looking for some specific African, Oriental or Asian Art pieces (mainly Japanese, Chinese and Korean) which are not listed in our gallery or are hard to find around you, we would like to offer you some suggestions through private transaction.
Since we actually have a wide range of powerful connections in Asia and Africa (from the influential dealers to private successors, especially for Japanese tea bowls), we have satisfied many international connoisseurs and collectors for years.
Although the period referred to in Japanese history as the Azuchi-Momoyama period covered less than half a century, from 1568 - 1615, it was a distinctive one, for during this time of upheaval the transition was made from nationwide civil war to peace. It was an eventful period in international affairs as well, with Europeans visiting Japan for the first time and Japanese venturing into the outside world.
The Momoyama period saw the birth of a brilliant, heroic culture, typified by magnificent castles with exuberant wall and screen paintings and interior finishings. At the same time, as if in resistance to this trend for the luxurious, a new aesthetic attitude based on the esteem for simple beauty arose among the newly influential warrior and merchant classes.
One of the important motivation factors in this development was the tea ceremony (cha no yu), a Japanese cultural accomplishment represented by the great Momoyama tea master Sen no Rikyû. Tea room architecture and tea ceremony utensils exhibited a distinctive artistic quality best characterized by the term sabi, meaning "quietude, simplicity, and absence of ornament."
European culture, accompanying the introductions of Christianity into Japan, also had an immediate influence.
The generous, cheerful culture created in the Momoyama period placed humanistic interests over religious ones - it marked the opening of the premodern age and can easily be called a period of renaissance.
In the present gallery-exhibition selected masterpieces convey the characteristics of the arts of the Momoyama period as well of older and later periods like Muromachi, Edo or Meiji period.
I sincerely hope that my visitors will deepen their interests in Japanese culture through their viewing of these gallery items.
Enjoy the exhibition
Richard van Norten