Meet Shogun’s Gallery
Shogun’s Gallery has been in business in Portland, Oregon for thirty-six years. The gallery grew from a love of Japanese antiques and expanded from purely Japanese items to include Chinese antique furniture. Originally in the heart of Portland’s downtown, the gallery moved to NW 23rd Avenue in 1988. In June 2017 the Shogun’s closed its brick and mortar store to move to its warehouse at 1801 NW Upshur street to continue its expansion of internet sale and also to continue bringing to Portland their deep inventory of Asian art, culture and antiques.
Started from the seeds of a personal collection, Shogun’s Gallery has expanded in many directions to encompass a broad range of Japanese and Chinese antiques. With his status as a licensed dealer, Jim King has access to dealer-only auctions in Japan as well as wholesale warehouses where he can buy antiques for a fraction of the prices found in Tokyo and Kyoto antique shops. This direct access means we don’t use agents or brokers, keeping our costs down and giving us more control over the quality of the pieces we buy.To assure the integrity of each antique we buy, it has been our policy to buy the finest quality as-yet-not restored antiques in Japan, pack them individually into 40′ containers and have them delivered to our warehouse in Portland Oregon where each piece is carefully restored with exacting detail. Our search for quality Asian art has expanded into China and each container we bring back contains over 500 chairs, tables, chests and statement pieces of artwork from the Ming and Qing Dynasty periods. Our Chinese pieces are restored in China to our specifications, and we do additional restorations and alterations at our warehouse.
Jim King, founder of Shogun’s Gallery Inc. has spent over thirty six years bringing his passion for Japanese and Chinese art and furniture to Portland and the Northwest. Jim lived in Japan for over ten years starting in 1969. During this time he became an avid collector of Japanese antiques, and later through an arduous two year period in the late 1970’s became a licensed dealer of antiques in Japan, a daunting task for a foreigner. Before Jim came along it was said that it was simply impossible for a foreign person to get one of these licenses, and even now there is only a small handful of non-Japanese antique dealers. Throughout the Pacific Northwest Jim is sought out for his expertise and hands on knowledge of Asian Art. He is a frequent guest lecturer to museum, college and special study groups where he enjoys spreading his passion for the oriental arts he loves and has come to know so well.
Kimiko King, is originally from Japan and was educated in Japan and the United States, receiving her MA in Applied Linguistic and TESOL. She taught Japanese at Portland State University and was President of King’s Language School in Japan for 10 years before getting involved in her husband’s ever evolving antique business. She has acted as translator, accountant, coordinator and custom’s broker in Japan, as well as being the backbone of Shogun’s Gallery as it grew and evolved in Portland. Currently taking on other challenges such as studying Chinese language and culture, she remains a vital part of the Shogun’s team.
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