I hope you have managed to enjoy the month of August and have grabbed yourselves a well-earned rest or possibly a break somewhere hot and sunny.
I have balanced life in the garden, days out with the granddaughters, long walks with Teddy and a heavy workload leading into the build up to the Chelsea fair. I have to say the granddaughters were probably the hardest work until I found the perfect remedy to tire them out, countryside walks with plenty of fresh air, followed by a picnic and ice cream seemed to do the job on this particular occasion.
It has been an interesting month in the garden, the rare sight of Pigeons nesting in one of our trees no more than 7 feet from the ground, the diligent parents sat on the eggs for 18 days resulted in two fluffy yellow squabs making an appearance. Each subsequent day I checked on their welfare and each day they had grown significantly in size, to the point of fledging the nest this week.
This rare and pleasing sight gave me good reason to consider the inspiration that the artisans of the Meiji period must have garnered from the everyday scenes that surrounded them. Gone were the days of mass production of elaborate sword fittings for the Samurai classes, a new generation of Meiji period masters were having to consider and design the subject matter for objects now destined for the emerging western market, and what better than the scenes that formed part of Japanese daily life, native flora, birds, animals and marine life naturally surrounded the islands where these artisans lived and worked, add to that famous landmarks and you had the perfect recipe to create these lavish objects and tempt wealthy overseas visitors to take home a little piece of the orient.
See my highlights below, all three items will be available for sale at the www.Chelseaantiquesfair.co.uk as part of our first physical exhibition in almost two years, these fabulous items will accompany many new and exciting pieces being offered as part of our “2020 Vision of an enlightened ruler vol II” publication.
We are delighted to have partnered with The Edward Guinness Foundation in support of the QEF as our exclusive charity partner at this year’s event, please take the time to read more about the fantastic work of this charity HERE.
The directors of 2Covet are pleased to have initiated a charity themed stand at the show where a percentage of the takings will be donated directly to the foundation, this initiative has been wholly supported by exhibitors and members of the 2Covet platform, we hope to raise a significant sum towards their target.
As you will know by now, I am about to launch my latest exhibition book, “2020 vision of an enlightened ruler Vol II”, firstly as a PDF to my loyal online database of friends and clients, followed by the limited edition hardback book. To say that I am excited would be an understatement, this release is scheduled for the morning of Friday 10th September, which is the date I am assured books will arrive from the printers. The PDF will give you the first opportunity to view the pieces and make an enquiry prior to the physical exhibition taking place. If you were to make a purchase then that item would simply be marked as sold whilst on display.
The limited edition hardback book will be available to purchase at the show. I look forward to seeing many of you at the event, in the meantime enjoy the exclusive preview on Friday 10th September.
If you would like to reserve a copy of this limited edition hardback book at only £25 plus postage please e-mail Steve@steveslyjapaneseart.com quoting your name, delivery address and a contact number, due to the significant rise in postage costs following covid please allow a nominal £5 for postage within the UK and Europe, and £10 for other worldwide destinations.
You can show the below for entry to The Chelsea Antiques Fair or register for a downlaoadble ticket here – https://chelseaantiquesfair.co.uk