Lot 72 of 319:
Ephemera collection about Japanese art imports to US, 1900s  

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Ephemera related to the import and sale in the US of “Japonisme” goods in the early 20th century






2 letters (1901 and 1903); a catalogue, ca. 1912; 5 color postcards, ca. 1910, and a San Francisco trade card, ca. 1890 


  • A[lonzo] L. Tuska, Importer of Japanese Goods / Bronzes…Curios, Art Pottery, Screens, Decorations, Silks, Crockery. Typed Letter Signed. NY, May 17, 1901. 1pg. To St. Louis florists about garden-related Japanese goods. Tuska, the son of Jewish Hungarian immigrants, was one of the first New York importers to establish his own offices in Japan.
  • Shojiro Nomura.,  “Dealer in Old and New Silk Embroideries" . Autograph Letter Signed,  Kyoto, Japan. October 20, 1903. 1pg. To wealthy Americans, touting his  “rare collection of old silks, embroideries, brocades, textiles and ancient costumes of the nobility. While catering to American connoisseurs, including the Rockefellers, Nomura  was himself first great modern collector of rare Japanese textiles, brocades and kimono robes, a  scholar of historical Japanese costume and author of a shelf of now-classic reference books.  Parts of his collection are treasured today by museums in Japan and the US.
  • Yama Company of Yokohama, 104 Fifth Avenue, New York. Catalogue of Crochet Lace, Neckwear, Japanese embroidery and toys. Undated, ca. 1912. 16pp. Illustrated. Rare, probably the only surviving copy.
  • 5 color postcards with drawings and photographs, of interior scenes of Vantine’s, “The Oriental Store” which flourished in New York City from the end of the Civil War until the 1920s when it was purchased by the Jewish mobster who fixed the 1919 World Series and was later murdered
  • Ichi Ban, 22 Geary Street, San Francisco, Small Admissions Card to “free exhibition” of the store’s Japanese collection, ca. 1890

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