The Orient meets the Renaissance and Tuscany
Sakura Matsuri Antiquariato comes from a genuine passion for Japan and for the beauty of its traditional works of art. In Florence, Japan meets the west in the name of art and culture.
When the borders with Japan were re-opened in the late 19th century, and Europe discovered the appeal of oriental elegance, Florence expressed the very best of this new love of all things eastern. An artistic ferment took hold of the city: the first shops specialising in oriental antiques were opened, the 1888 carnival was organised in oriental style but above all, this was a period that left the Stibbert Museum to the city. In the hills north of Fiesole, there is a museum that is one of a kind: built in neo-gothic style by Stibbert himself in 1859, it contains more than 56,000 art works – mainly military in style – from all over the world, and above all from Japan and the Far East.
In Via Maggio, the Oltrarno area of Florence, there is a place that still embodies the same love and respect for Japanese art. More than a century on, Sakura Matsuri offers a selection of art works and antiques, all from Japan and with certified authenticity. These are unique pieces that showcase Japanese art in all of its many facets: swords (katana, wakizashi, tanto, tachi etc.), mounts (tsuba, menuki, fuchi, kashira etc.), netsuke, kiseru, etc.
Sakura Matsuri is also a workshop that collaborates with numerous artists, including a togishi, a sayashi, a tsubashi, a katchushi and an expert in antique ivory, for restoration works an commissions created using strictly traditional Japanese techniques and materials.