The Many Faces of Japan

Sharon Meredith, Austin, TX   
 
Exclusive Ruby Lane Member since 2013

Quality Antique and Vintage Japanese Art and Unique Items

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!!!!

⋆ᗰદ૨૨ʏ⋆ᐠ₍⁽˚⑅̆˚⁾₎ Store Status Monday 12/22 through Sunday 12/28: We will be open for Purchases and placing purchase orders, but we will not be shipping this week. We will be available to answer questions through store messaging or phone calls. Thanks for understanding! Have a Happy Holiday, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year Holiday, Blessed Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and the best to all of our friends and customers, whether or not you celebrate the holidays! Sharon, Brent and Adriane. ᒄ₍⁽ˆ⁰ˆ⁾₎ᒃ♪♬

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Recent Customer Feedback- This has not been updated in a while. there are just so many nice emails, not enough room for them all. (very humbly, and thank you!)
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

(。⌒∇⌒)。SEARCH HINTS/FIND: Looking for something specific? Just type the word in the box that says "WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?" For example, Vase, Netsuke, Hirado, Kutani, FAMOUS. Or, on the left side of the additional store pages are the categories. We have our items grouped in as few folders as possible to prevent it from being overwhelming, so sometimes that is the easiest way to find things. All Porcelain and Pottery is under Porcelain and Pottery by Antique/ Vintage first; then the type of ware. Sometimes, they are under other the other two categories "FAMOUS Japanese Potters", and Okimono/ Statue. We do not categorize by "TYPE" unless it is not porcelain or pottery. But, you can still search by "type" such as "Kogo". And remember we are open to offers, even when it does not say!

(。⌒∇⌒)。 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
 
 
Sharon Meredith
In Vacation Mode
Austin, TX 78729
(512) 825-2837
Fax: (512) 852-4718
We are currently on vacation until Sunday, December 28. We will respond to emails during our absence. Please feel free to browse and shop while we are away. Thanks so much for stopping by, see you when we get back!

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