Private Collections

If you are considering or building a private collection we can offer our help and guidance.

Over the years I have helped to discreetly build or simply enhance many private collections. Of course, to do this it is essential that I understand what it is that you are looking for, and it is equally important that we develop a trusting business relationship. Sitting at the very core of my business ethic is the belief that a reputation is very hard to build but very easy to destroy. Many of my established customers benefit from seeing some of my newly acquired treasures before they appear on my website. I am happy to extend this same facility to new customers who are looking to develop their collection in private. There is great enjoyment and excitement to be had in being offered something whilst it remains market fresh, in true Japanese traditional style of dealing.

In my experience it takes time and patience to build a fine collection. There is an old saying “nothing worth having comes easily” but is that not the fun of it. Studying the subject, developing your “eye”, taking good advice whilst always buying the best objects that you can afford from a trusted source. This will lead to a collection that gives untold pleasures for many years. A hastily or cheaply acquired collection is rarely a good collection. It is my firm belief that owning a few high-quality objects is immeasurably preferable to an assembly of lesser items, both from an aesthetic point of view and likewise investment potential. Historically (and currently) whenever a collection of high-quality Japanese Art emerges onto the market it generates great excitement and inevitably very high prices. The Tomkinson collection, the Haas collection and more recently the Wrangham collections are testament to this.

I look forward to discussing how I can help you in your quest. Please do not hesitate to contact me.

Are you considering selling all or part of your collection.
It has been my great good fortune to have purchased several excellent private collections and part collections over the years and given my obvious enthusiasm for these beautiful objects it will come as no surprise when I say that I am extremely keen to continue this source of market fresh items for my valued database of clients to enjoy.
Should you be considering disposing of any of your collection for whatever reason, be it one piece or a hundred (yes I have bought more than 100 pieces in one instance) then I would be delighted if you gave me the opportunity to discuss it with you. Again, client confidentiality is totally guaranteed.

There is little doubt that in most instances I can offer significantly higher prices than genuine auction estimates when presented with the very finest Meiji Period pieces or collections, and I assure you that no ghastly fees will ever be charged for this completely free no obligation service.

There is a lot to be said for instant bank transfer of funds and certainty of a secure sale to an accredited and trusted expert.

On many occasions I am asked if I could consider allowing selected goods in exchanges on significant purchases and whilst it is not possible to say categorically “yes”, I will always endeavour to accommodate any reasonable proposition.

The same applies for clients that may wish to place a holding deposit on goods that fall just outside of their comfortable budget until such time as the balance is available , we are always as accommodating as possible in these circumstances.

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