Radiant: The World of Japanese Art

By Jo Phillips

Black Fuji
Work Title : Sanka Hakuu (Black Fuji)
Artist : Hokusai Katsushika
Published : c. 1829-1833

Japan – the land of the rising sun – is not only an incredible source of technology and advancement, but also a producer of some of the most radiant Fine art. Courtesy of the Japanese Gallery, a selection of the most magnificent Japanese art and antiques – from genuine Japanese arms and armour to ceramics to original Japanese anime and manga-cels – spanning 5000 years of culture are on display at the fifth annual LAPADA ART & ANTIQUES FAIR this Autumn.

Kakiemon bowls
Item: A pair of Kakiemon bowls
Date: c. late 18th century

Highlights from the show that particularly exhibit the artistry, creativity and the extraordinary craftsmanship of Japanese art include a pair of Kakiemon bowls dating back to late 18th century, a pair of Katana and Wakizashi swords, and Katsushika Hokusai’s wood print entitled “Sanka Hakuu” (Black Fuji). The latter is one of the Fugaku sanju-rokkei (Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji) series, which are the best-known and most celebrated Japanese woodblock prints in the world. Engraved onto the woodblock is not only Hokusai’s creativity and artistic impression, but also a permanent imprint of the significance and magnificence of Mount Fuji as a special, sacred, and spiritual place to the nation.

Daisho
Date : Katana / 17th century (Edo period), Wakizashi / 14th century (Nanbokucho period)
Katana attributed to Fujiwara Takada
Wakizashi attributed to Esshu Mitsuyuki

This year’s LAPADA ART & ANTIQUES FAIR opens on Wednesday 25th till Sunday 29th September 2013 at Mayfair’s Berkeley Square in London.