RD Kent Art Ware 10.5 Female Head


Welcome to Kent Art Ware

I have been building my collection of Kent Art Ware, Art Deco Era Ceramics, since 2008. As I write this in 2014, Art Services International’s Deco Japan exhibit is touring the USA to great acclaim. The timing seemed spot-on to share my passion for Art Deco Kent Art Ware exported to America from, where else, Japan.

As it was in the U.S., Art Deco was made popular in Japan from the 1920s through the 1930s. The island country both adopted and adapted the Deco “look” being produced elsewhere while, in the process, making it uniquely suited to various levels of Japanese taste. For example, the “moga” or “modern girl” was a pop icon of the era. She epitomized the contradictions of her day, wearing a traditional kimono while smoking a cigarette or sporting a western style flapper’s hairdo.

At the same time, magnificent metalwork, ceramics, lacquer, glass, furniture, jewelry and sculpture as well as works on paper were being meticulously created for the National Museums and Japan’s upper classes.

Kent Art Ware, on the other hand, was produced solely for middle and lesser class homes and with an eye aimed at American tastes. It was, in fact, exported exclusively to the United States from, where else, Japan to satisfy appetites for decorative art.

You can browse the entire collection on the Gallery page, and read what I have learned about the history of Kent Art Ware on the About pages. You may also wish to peruse the collection of Antiques, Vintage and Decorative Objects I have for sale on my website, Deaton Antiques.

The Kent Art Ware Collection is not being sold individually at this time. If you are interested in contacting me about purchasing the entire collection, or if you might have a piece you think I may be interested in, please contact me at david@earthlink.net