Until recently, Japanese pottery in the United
States was mainly sold to people in the U.S. Now Ebay
and other Internet
auctions have opened the market to buyers who can't get to U.S. auctions
Many Japanese collectors are buying Japanese
pottery that was previously unattainable to them, because it was in the
The Japanese pottery market in this
country has not been good. It's strange.
There's been a lot of buying on the Web by
Japanese. It's because Japanese buyers don't buy from auctions. They can
find things very cheap on the Web. Consequently, if you look at auction
houses, the amount of activity is minuscule compared to five years ago.
There used to be two catalogues per year of lacquer, ceramics, etc. Now,
there's just one that combines everything.
We recommend the following books from Amazon:
Collector's Guide to Made in Japan, Book 2:
Identification and Values by Carole Bess White
Collector's Encyclopedia of Noritake by Joan Van Patten
The Early Porcelain Kilns of Japan:
Arita in the First Half of the Seventeenth Century
by Oliver Impey