Spring Exhibition & Sale
The exhibition held in our New York gallery between March 23 and April 20, 1996 was accompanied by the first issue of Kaikodo Journal, a fully illustrated catalogue of the works of art and paintings on view. The Chinese works on view included a wide range of media and spanned a vast period of time. The objects range from an extraordinary money tree of the Han period to a magnificent Tang-dynasty gilt-bronze torso of a bodhisattva and the ceramics from classic Neolithic wares to a rare Ruyao bowl of very large size to a mammoth underglaze-blue decorated porcelain platter with the reign mark of the Jiajiang emperior (1522-1566)
The paintings ranged from the mid 12th to the 19th century. Six of the paintings dated to the pre-Ming period and included a classic Southern Song Buddhist painting of the Water-Moon Guanyin as well as a painting by a well known Buddhist monk of the 14th century. The Korean and Japanese paintings but suggested at the outset the wide range of the gallery’s interest and expertise.
It had been the central philosophy of Kaikodo from its beginnings in the eighties in Japan that the works of art in its possession were first and foremost artistic creations and cultural relics that deserved the utmost in care, conservation and protection. It is thus that painting conservators, restorers, and mounters, all at the top of their crafts, were involved in the care of the paintings in the exhibition and the lacquer and some of the bronzes on view restored by the best conservators in their respective fields.