The Many Faces of Japan

Sharon Meredith, Austin, TX   
 

Thank you for visiting our family owned store! Please see more about our family and important announcements, below!

Exclusive Ruby Lane Member since 2013

Japanese Antique and Vintage Porcelains, Netsukes, Masks, Statues and More!


About The Many Faces of Japan

Our Service Pledge
We promise we will always be honest, and answer questions as soon as we can. We stand behind our products 100% . If you feel or see that I, Sharon have made an error in posting an item, I would appreciate you letting me know so I can research and correct immediately and as appropriate.
About Us
ANNOUNCEMENTS FIRST!

Shipping for large or heavy items: We had been adding a choice of flat rate or calculated shipping prices to some large size / heavy weight items. It has just come to our attention, that this is not working. We will find what we need to do differently and are working on editing those again. In the interim, if you see this on any item without the amount or another explanation, please message us to inquire!

(。´∀`)ノ OFFERS: As a reminder, we are always open to reasonable offers, including when an item does not have "Make an Offer" on it (Does not include "Reduced" items but may include "Sale" items). Please send us a store message with any offers for items not listed as "Make an Offer" or, if you have a question about an offer submitted for which you did not receive a response!

(。´∀`)ノ Finding items: You can search for something specific in the "What are you looking for? Box on the top right. To get a good view of the available items, set the item number to 180 at the bottom of the page and browse. Otherwise, Porcelain and Pottery on the left are divided by Antique and Vintage, then Maker, Including some odd categories such as "Famous Japanese Potters". Non- Porcelain and pottery are categorized first by Antique and Vintage, then by other Categories.

(。´∀`)ノ New Ruby Lane & Store Review Process! Since we opened in November 2013, we are happy to receive feedback in messages from our happy customers, with your new items and our service. Until now we had no way to share these, except on our homepage. Ruby Lane has added a third-party platform for customers to rate their shopping experience, all contributing to the rating of our store. We appreciate your feedback and taking time to participate in this new process! (And we still love to hear from you!)

And, a few of our Customer Comments...... ♡⃛◟( ˊ̱˂˃ˋ̱ )◞⸜₍ ˍ́˱˲ˍ̀ ₎⸝◟( ˊ̱˂˃ˋ̱ )◞♡⃛

We always receive so many nice emails and phone calls when your items are received, we do not currently have enough room here all of for all. (And very humbly, we thank you!)

3/11 Just have to share this beautiful excerpt, from Italy: Gentilissima Sharon, ho appena ricevuto il piatto: sono veramente contento perché è molto, molto bello e (e anche confezionato accuratamente per la spedizione!). Sono felice che adesso abbia la sua nuova casa in Italia. Con tanto affetto, Francesco
3/1/15 Package was received Friday morning in great condition. Your packing is phenomenal. Very happy with the plate. It was even better than the picture. I thought there was a smear on the top left edge, but not so!
1/13/15 Hi Sharon, Just wanted you to know this has been the highlight of my day! I favorited your shop. Thanks so much! T In Oregon
୧(﹒︠ᴗ﹒︡)୨ 1/5/15 Sharon, The beautiful plate arrived today. I am blown away by the quality and the packing you did. I will definitely be a repeat customer! Thanks so much. Looking forward to my next purchase. I have my eye on a couple! KG in Tx
୧(﹒︠ᴗ﹒︡)୨ Charming people! Very professional and know well what they have up for sale, which in my personal opinion is exquisite! Glad I found them and hope to be having many wonderful experiences in the future!
୧(﹒︠ᴗ﹒︡)୨ Hi Sharon, We picked up the Japanese Bizen today from our mailbox. My wife just loves it. Thank you so much for the quick shipment, excellent packaging and thoughtful card! Best wishes, CN
୧(﹒︠ᴗ﹒︡)୨ sharon,got my package monday afternoon.i am happier than i thought i would be.everything about this vase is right from my view.color,shape,ratio of height to width to neck length.thank you J.T.
୧(﹒︠ᴗ﹒︡)୨ The candlesticks arrived safe and sound and they are wonderful ! I'll give them a good home- N.H., Dallas.
୧(﹒︠ᴗ﹒︡)୨ I picked the piece up Saturday am at the post office. Love the piece. L.R.
୧(﹒︠ᴗ﹒︡)୨ Your amazing water dropper arrived yesterday -- thank you so much for the quick shipment and for the careful (and beautiful!) packaging. It is exquisite. H.S. in California
୧(﹒︠ᴗ﹒︡)୨ Hi , Sharon thank you for the bowl and plate which are both lovely, the lidded bowl in particular. I am looking at a couple of items that you have , I shall buy something more very soon from you, Thank you T.W. The Netherlands
୧(﹒︠ᴗ﹒︡)୨ Rec'd the mask, thank you, it's perfect! K.F., Hawaii
୧(﹒︠ᴗ﹒︡)୨ Hi Sharon, just wanted to let you know that S. loved the Netsuke. He was quite impressed with the workmanship. Thank you again for your help. K.S. in California
୧(﹒︠ᴗ﹒︡)୨ Hello, Sharon--got off to the PO today and picked up Sennin--he arrived in great shape. You did a terrific job packing him. I've got enough styro popcorn from you folks to get me through the holidays! Am looking forward to the arrival of the Foos. M.S., Michigan

(。⌒∇⌒)。 About our Family (。⌒∇⌒)。

The Meredith's are 30 year residents of Austin, Texas. A group of three lovers of the arts; musicians and artists, including our 21 year old daughter, also a student of music and the arts. For myself- Sharon, I believe that collecting Japanese antiques filled a long time unused artistic void after 30 years of focusing on my healthcare career and family. I have also been told I have a good eye for awesome Japanese pieces of many types, and hope I can pass this on to you.

My husband using his background in restoration of old buildings with all type materials, thoroughly inspects all aspects of each item with a jeweler's loupe and other methods, confirming ages and materials in as much as possible. So, while we do not have years of experience in antique dealing, we are well studied and put our heart and soul into it. With still, much to learn.

I encourage you to read and learn more about the pieces you purchase and related Japanese history. Or, you might just like it because it's cool and pretty! That's totally ok too. We try to give as much information as we possibly can about each item. If you ever find I have said something wrong or have a question about an item, please contact us. (For example. new vs. used in condition; as that is an automatic carry over that I sometimes forget to change).

I had the fortunate experience of growing up in Japan as a child and the opportunity to see and learn many very special things about the Japanese culture and arts. My family brought back many beautiful items when we came home in the 70's after being there for ten years. My mother has shared them with three daughters over the years. Other items have been collected through auctions, (including well known people and collections); stores and individuals from all over the world. In addition to the U.S, our antiques and vintage items have come from Japan, the U.K., and Europe, and from all over the world.

We are not experts, but do try to understand as much as possible with a lot of help from the world of many nice people and books. Through this new adventure, I have had the fortune to meet people from all over the world who are also passionate about Japanese and other Asian antiques, and very knowledgeable, willing to share the information they have learned. Of course I always try to collect information from the private sellers and dealers. We try to pass on as much as we can as accurately as we can.

The Idea to open a store started last fall in 2013, after years of struggling with the job market, especially for my husband. Reentry has been an ongoing challenge in the construction business. I have had the good fortune of working at home for almost three years now and this is something we can do together as a family.

We are always open to reasonable offers even if not listed as such with very few exceptions including items already at cost. It never hurts to ask! Please email us via Ruby Lane if you would like to make an offer not listed as such on an item.

We are honest hard working folks, who just happen to love Japanese culture and arts both new and old, and find it so very intriguing. Please feel free to reach out to us should you have any questions at all.

Brent, Sharon and Adriane
The Meredith Family
Austin, Texas