Kokusai the Genius – stag-antler carving in Japan, Sydney L. Moss: 12 Queen St, London W1, until 7th June 2016
One can totally appreciate why Kokusai’s immense skill has captivated three generations of the Moss family and I assure you it really is a matter of seeing it to believe it.
Kokusai (1835-1894) is the central player in this exhibition which has been garnered from collectors in Japan, the United States and Europe (and yes that does include us in the UK). His creativity is remarkable with some pieces way ahead of their time, heralding art nouveau and the 20th century. There are pipe cases, hair pins, combs, sceptres and, of course, netsuke to delight the eye in wonderment.
The exhibition is accompanied by a three-volume catalogue, of which the middle volume of which is available now, and the other two will be completed by early July of this year.