About Us

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Kagedo specializes in fine Japanese art, with a focus on the transition to modernism from the end of the 19th through the 20th century. Our interests range from the traditional to the contemporary and reflect over thirty years of connoisseurship and experience.

The owners of Kagedo Japanese Art, Jeffery Cline and William Knospe, have published seven folio catalogues that explored an idiosyncratic path from the classical to the modern, including ceramics, lacquer, metalwork, furniture, stone and wood carving, studio basketry, sculpture, and painting.

Jeffery Cline served for many years on the vetting committee for Japanese art at the prestigious International Asian Art Show in New York, and has lectured on Japanese art both in the United States and Japan.

We have helped assemble major private collections of basketry, classical ceramics, Art Deco and modernism, 20th century lacquers, Mingei or Japanese folk art, Ainu and other folk textiles, Imperial Japanese art in the areas of metalwork and cloisonné, as well as Nihonga painting.

Many of our pieces now reside in the permanent collections of major public institutions, including: the Seattle Art Museum, the San Francisco Asian Art Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Denver Art Museum, the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Galleries, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, the Morikami Museum of Japanese Culture, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Sannenzaka Art Museum.

As private dealers, we welcome conversations with interested collectors. We are happy to consult in our areas of interest, whether regarding prices, availability or requests for searches for particular pieces.

After nearly 30 years in Seattle, we moved to the south shore of Orcas Island, Washington. Friends and collectors are encouraged to contact us by email or telephone and visit us by appointment. We look forward to hearing from you.

Jeffery Cline & William Knospe
Kagedo Japanese Art