About Laura Bordignon

About Laura Bordignon

Italian-born Laura Bordignon has been an antique dealer since 1991 and began to specialise in Japanese art, particularly metalwork and ivory okimono carvings from the Meiji period, of which she has developed a significant knowledge. As a result she has been consulted by an international clientele, advising collectors on how to expand their existing collections as well as starting new ones. She was elected to BADA membership in 2000.


She is a Council member of the British Antique Dealers' Association since 2007, having also served as its Treasurer (2009-2011). For 5 years she held the post of BADA Regional Representative for Eastern England (2007-2012) and has been Chairman of the BADA Fair for two years (2012-2014). She is currently a Director of the BADA Fair.


Laura's detailed knowledge allowed her recently to write the book titled "The Golden Age of Japanese Okimono," a long time ambition of hers. As very little has been published on the subject the book introduces readers to the most comprehensive study of Japanese Okimono artists active during the Meiji Period (1868-1912). Beautifully illustrated with over 200 photographs of Japanese ivory carvings, bronzes and shibayama objects from the Dr A.M Kanter Collection, guidance is given to help collectors identify the different materials used for these carvings from ivory and walrus to hippo and bone, as well as the various metalwork and shibayama techniques.


In addition the book gives an invaluable insight into Japanese mythology that is essential for understanding these exquisite, intricate and often humorous pieces. The various signature marks are reproduced alongside English translation an essential reference to help collectors, dealers and scholars identify pieces. She also gives collectors and enthusiasts tips on how to care for these fine objects created by the highly skilled Japanese craftsmen during the Meiji Era.

The Golden Age of Japanese Okimono

Book: The Golden Age of Japanese Okimono

The Dr A.M. Kanter Collection

Laura Bordignon

Antique Collectors' Club 9781851496099

300 x 237 mm - 204pp -150col

Available March 2010 £36.00 Hardback


Introducing the most comprehensive guide on Japanese Okimono artists active during the Meiji Period (1868-1912):


  • An essential reference for collectors, dealers and scholars.
  • Over 200 photographs of carvings from the Dr A.M Kanter Collection.
  • Contains listings of all Japanese artists from this period.
  • Illustrations to identify and interpret Japanese artists signatures, with English translation.
  • Guidance to help collectors identify the various materials used for carvings; ivory, walrus, hippo and bone, and how to care for these fine objects.
  • Explanations of Japanese Mythology relevant to the pieces in the collection, as well as the various metalwork and shibayama techniques.
  • The author has been granted permission from the Shoto Museum of Art, Tokyo, to reproduce their archive.

An antiques dealer since 1991, Italian-born Laura Bordignon began to specialise in Japanese art in 1997, becoming a member of the British Antique Dealers Association in 2000. Since then she has been consulted by many collectors worldwide, with requests for guidance on expanding their existing collections or to start new ones. The fast growing interest in Japanese Okimono of the Meji period has been the main catalyst for this book, as very little has been published on the subject.