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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

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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.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Offer, OFFER, Offer. Remember, we are always open to offers even when an item is not marked with "Make an Offer". The make an offer function is limited to a % and I want to be able to negotiate more. Please send us a store message with your offer request or questions..

(。⌒∇⌒)。Please note that we are finding the Ruby Lane calculations for USPS Priority mail is often incorrect and HIGHER than the actual cost, even when we have UNDER estimated weights and box sizes. Please ask if something does not seem correct and we can check it for you.

(。⌒∇⌒)。SEARCH HINTS: Looking for something specific? Just type the word in the box that says "WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?" For example, Vase, Netsuke, Hirado, Kutani. (。⌒∇⌒)

(。⌒∇⌒)。 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.

I research to understand as much as I can about our Japanese items and their background, history and fair market values; through books, Japanese art specialists and other collectors, other stores and auctions, and internet resources including websites and dealers in Japan. 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 or dealers and pass this on to you, including any stories and history about the items..

In the book I am currently reading "Modern Japanese Ceramics"; they talk about how the traditions and design of the oldest times have been carried on throughout the years, and how Japan as a country in general is one that has carried on the art traditions in each specific region, or kiln or pottery; with a touch of the "new"- while still remaining the same. This is very important, as it is not the same thing as a piece being a "reproduction". It just means that it may not be an antique, but it will- some day. We are trying to grow and keep the items in our store as a representative of as many kilns and makers as possible from all across Japan, showing the diversity in both design and the changes with age.

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