We would like to introduce you to Frantz Fray, Auctionata expert in Japanese Samurai Art, Netsuke Figures and Sword Fittings as well as Japanese Works of Art.
Graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et des Métiers d’Art where he studied sculpture, Frantz Fray discovered Japanese art in the early 1980s and thereupon started collecting Japanese prints.
His interest in Japan led him to develop knowledge of Chinese and Asian art gradually over time. He became an antique dealer in 1993 and was appointed expert in 2003 at the French auction house Pierre Bergé et associés in Paris.
Mr. Fray and his business partner Laurence Souksi then joined the CNES expert chamber Chambre Nationale des Experts Specialises en Objets d’Art et de Collection where he is the only expert in Japanese art.
He frequently holds conferences on Japanese art – mainly on netsuke and sword fittings – and organizes an annual exhibition at his gallery, Espace 4, located in the heart of Paris.
Mr. Fray’s favorite period is the Edo period, the richest and most innovative in terms of arts and crafts. His best find is a tsuba he calls the “Mondrian Tsuba”. It is of Kaga style, richly inlaid with several materials. The piece exhibits a very modern design of graphic lines and is signed Odawara ju Masatsugu.
Japanese art remains a difficult field for the amateur to enter, which is why he feels it’s critical to seek the wisdom and guidance of a trained professional.
Frantz Fray lives and works in Paris.