Monday, February 29, 2016

Tip Top Taisho

Once again we find ourselves at Yamanaka & Co. on 5th Avenue and 28th Street, the year is 1920 and presented for sale is a sleek black enameled table box with a carved agate flower decorating the lid.
 At once an early example of Art Deco chic, with a strong minimal Japanese sensibility.
From 1895, Yamanaka & Co. established itself in New York as a purveyor of the finest Japanese art that was in high demand in fin de siècle London, Paris & New York.
The firm, especially Yamanaka Sadajirō (1866-1936), played a crucial role in shaping the Japanese art collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and worked closely with many prominent New York collectors and patrons. Many pieces of Japanese art in North American museums today were originally sold from their 5th Avenue galley.
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