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Sue Bizen Sake cup from the Heisei period by Shuho Yoshimoto
Sue Bizen Sake cup from the
Heisei period by Shuho Yoshimoto

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 in person.

Many Japanese collectors are buying Japanese pottery that was previously unattainable to them, because it was in the United States. 

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


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Inside Japanese Ceramics:
A Primer of Materials, Techniques, and Traditions
by Richard Wilson

The Japanese Pottery Handbook by Penny Simpson

Imari, Satsuma and Other Japanese Export Ceramics
by Nancy Schiffer

Collectors Encyclopedia of Nippon Poreclain: Identification & Values
by Joan Van Patten

Collectors Guide to Made in Japan Ceramics: Identification & Values Book III
by Carole Bess White

Collector's Encyclopedia of Nippon Porcelain w/ Price Guide
by Joan Van Patten

by Malcolm Fairley