Michael Goedhuis has been committed for thirty years to dealing in the finest works of Asian art with a particular emphasis on later Chinese bronzes (11th to 18th century A.D) and Japanese bronzes from the 15th century. This is an important field which has not yet attracted the prominence of many other areas of Chinese art which are being energetically acquired by the new generation of buyers from China.
Long considered the Cinderella of Chinese arts, later bronzes are however increasingly being recognized as one of the most fertile, subtle and complex areas of contemporary scholarship.
In the latter half of the 19th century Chinese and Japanese examples were purchased enthusiastically but indiscriminately by collectors and dealers in Paris as well as by some Western museums, in particularly the Victoria & Albert museum which enjoy extensive holdings.
Japanese bronzes from the 15th century onwards benefited from easy access to Chinese civilization and it is fascinating to witness the Japanese response to Chinese aesthetics in their greater restlessness and experimentation as opposed to the measured assurance of their Chinese counterparts.