- Also known as
Yamanaka & Co
primary name: Yamanaka & Co
other name: Mssrs Yamanaka & Co
other name: Yamanaka Shokai
other name: Yamanaka and Company
other name: 山中商会
- organisation; dealer/auction house
- Asian art dealership started by Yamanaka Sadajiro (1866-1936), with branches in New York (1895), Boston (1899) and London (1900); also an agent in Paris (1905), office in Beijing (1917) and branch in Chicago (1928). In 1915, the Yamanaka gallery in London hosted the British Red Cross Loan Exhibition. Yamanaka & Co also gave assistance to the International Exhibition of Chinese Art at the Royal Academy in 1935-36.
During the first decade of the twentieth century several East Asian businessmen, taking advantage of the improved international relations, set up businesses in Europe and America. Dealers such as Tonying, C. T. Loo (q.v.) and Yamanaka all began to sell East Asian objects sourced in East Asia (including ceramics), directly to collectors in the US and Europe. Yamanaka & Co purchased collections of various Manchu princes and sold the objects in their London gallery and other branches. The company donated 46 objects to the Museum.
- Pierson, 'Collectors, Collections and Museums: The Field of Chinese Ceramics in Britain, 1560-1960', 2007, p. 89
Davids and Jellinek, 'Provenance: Collectors, Dealers and Scholars: Chinese Ceramics in Britain and America', 2011, pp. 454-6.
Thomas Lawton, 'Yamanaka Sadajiro: Advocate for Asian Art', Orientations, January 1995, pp. 85-86.
Mayuyama Junkichi (ed.), 'Yamanaka Sadajiro den, bassui' [Extracts from the Biography of Yamanaka Sadajiro] (1992)
W. Perceval Yetts, 'Messrs. Yamanaka and Co.', The Burlington Magazine for Connoisseurs , Vol. 45, No. 261 (Dec., 1924), pp. 315-316.
Najiba Choudhury, 'Seizures and Liquidation Sales in the United States during World War II: Tracking the Fate of Japanese Art Dealership, Yamanaka & Company, Inc.' in Journal for Art Market Studies 2 (2020)