Asian Antiques & Ethnographic Arts


Thank you for visiting the on-line gallery of L’Asie Exotique. Consider this site as a resource for the acquisition of antiques and knowledge. We are dedicated to objects of beauty intended for the indigenous cultures in which they were made, thus we use the term "Ethnographic Art". Whether the antique object was created by a naïve craftsman or an acclaimed artist, we offer works of art that were considered important at the time they were created as items of ritual, purpose and utility.

In these pages you will find a variety of beautiful esoteric and familiar items from Asia and beyond. The largest portion of our selection comes from the Asia of Yesteryear, with the good majority of antiques originating from Japan and China. You can access all sub-categories either through the homepage or in the margin bar. Detail information is provided by clicking on the desired heading and further information by clicking on the object.

Some highlights from Japan are rare Edo Period festival dolls, functional tansu, inspirational Buddhist art, folk ceramics, and decorative screens. Our Chinese selection includes furniture, scholar’s items, ceramics, textiles and snuff bottles. From Thailand and Burma we offer bronze, dry lacquer, and silver Buddhist imagery. We invite you to browse through a diverse selection of items from other Asian countries as well.

In addition, we have travelled the world and have an aesthetic viewpoint for lifestyle and design. You will find items of design and decoration that are compatible with the Asian Antiques Collector’s perspective, including mid-century furniture, contemporary art and lighting.

You will also find on this website copies of our published articles for your enjoyment or research and those of other authors on topics of particular interest. The collectors section contains a listing of individual collectors with brief biographies whose collections we represent or have specific items from. Provenance in the field of Asian Art has become an important component of an object’s history and value. All part of the story the object is trying to tell.

To aid in the pursuit of knowledge, we have posted for sale: books, catalogues and periodicals from our extensive research library. If there are specific publications you are looking for, then you can try locating the item by following our categorization method. The auction catalogues and periodicals are organized by Auction house (publisher) and then the date of the sale (publication). The book section is organized by geographical entity and then topic categories for that given area and then further by title alphabetically. Another way to find the publication you are looking for is by typing the relative known information into our site wide search function located at the top of the left margin column.

Enjoy browsing through these pages. Please consider this site as a sampling of the rich and varied range of material that we carry. Updates are made frequently adding recent acquisitions. So visit regularly and be sure to contact us if you have any questions. All of the items posted are available as of our most recent update on August 22, 2017

I am sorry to say that currently we are a bit old fashioned and if there are items you would like to purchase on this site you have to contact us the traditional way. We anticipate to make this site transactional in the future with an e-commerce platform. In the meantime, we are accepting payments either by direct transfer, check or PayPal.

If you are interested in any of these items or would like your collecting interest be known, please write us a note, send us an email or give us a call.

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The bricks and mortar gallery is located near New York’s Flatiron building and is open by appointment only. If you would like to visit the gallery, please contact us in advance to schedule an appointment.

Tim Mertel


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