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‘It’s been my best week ever’: Dealer’s Japanese armor takeaway wins slap-up celebration ahead of Asian art in London

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Edo period samurai armor priced at £30,000-50,000 at David Thatcher Samurai Art.

The master craftsman-turned-specialist dealer received a remarkable response to the release of his latest catalog, selling around 90% of his new stock within days.

Taking advantage of the strength of the dollar and the weakness of the pound (the two currencies being almost at parity on September 26), American buyers seized 12 pieces including a rare red lacquer armor made for a member of the Takeda clan in the Momoyama era.

Hit on social media

Thatcher, who has more than 18,000 social media followers for his images of samurai armor and weapons, sold it within hours through his Instagram account.

He said ATG“I’ve sold a dozen pieces in the United States in the last eight days. Included were freshly listed items that I had purchased in Japan specifically for the AAL gallery event.

“It has been my best week. I even took my wife out for fish and chips!

Although only five articles from Thatcher’s AAL catalog remains, three complete Edo samurai suits of armor (priced at £30,000-50,000 each) will make a statement when it goes on display at the Shapero Gallery, Bond Street from 27 October to 5 November.


Momoyama period mask

An iron and lacquer mask from the Momoyama period signed Nobuie exhibited at Japan House.

The dealer will also show an iron and lacquer mask from the Momoyama period which is among the items chosen to be displayed at Japan House in Knightsbridge as part of the group exhibition. The Art of Collecting: Japan.

The 16th century mask bears a golden inscription and a kao bearing the signature of the famous Myochin blacksmith Nobuie.

Trading for only a year, David Thatcher Samurai Art is a relatively new member of the trading community, but he is well known in his chosen field as a leading restorer and advisor with 35 years experience.


See next week’s edition,
ATG No 2564, to learn more about East Asian art.