March 2010

JADA 2010: An Exhibition by the Japanese Art Dealers Association
Humor in Japanese Art

March 20—23, 2010

Sebastian Izzard LLC participated in JADA’s third joint exhibition at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion/Ukrainian Institute, 2 East 79th Street, New York during Asia Week, March 20–23, 2010. Comprised of two exhibitions: JADA 2010: An Exhibition by the Japanese Art Dealers Association and Humor in Japanese Art, the six member dealers presented works of art of the highest quality in keeping with JADA’s mission to promote high standards of scholarship and connoisseurship in the field of pre-modern Japanese art.

Sebastian Izzard LLC featured a substantial Momoyama period Namban lacquer coffer decorated with gold and inlaid mother-of-pearl, a fine and rare Kakiemon porcelain model of a standing beauty, and an exceptional soft metal architectural model of the Kofukuji Pagoda at Nara. Ukiyo-e paintings by Hosoda Eishi (1756–1829), Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849), and Miyagawa Issho (active 1751–63), son and student of Miyagawa Choshun (1683–1753), were also displayed. For more information on this exhibition, please go to


Celadons of the Koryo Court

March 20—27, 2010

London Gallery, Ltd. Tokyo held their Asia Week exhibition at Sebastian Izzard LLC. Celadons of the Koryo Court featured 26 very fine examples of Korean celadon wares from the Koryo period (AD 918–1392).

Sourced from two old collections, one European and one Japanese, the pieces date to the 12th–13th centuries when Koryo ceramic art had reached its apogee. A small beautifully formed bowl with finely carved and incised lotus blossom design and translucent jade-colored glaze is representative of the achievements of this period.

Other pieces in the show, including a lobed wine cup and stand and a circular cosmetic box and cover, exemplified the innovative and often intricate inlay technique developed in the mid-12th century. There has not been an exhibition of Koryo ceramics of this quality in New York for many years. Celadons of the Koryo Court was a “must see” exhibition for anyone interested in Asian ceramics.