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Bunkio Matsuki, 1867-1940

Nationality: Japanese
Date of Birth: 1867
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Date of Death: 1940
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Bunkino Matsuki was a dealer and connoisseur of oriental art.


Born in Japan, Matsuki was brought to America as a child by Edward S. Morse, a museum curator and noted collector of Chinese and Japanese art. He later owned a gallery in Boylston Street, Boston, MA and became editor of the journal Lotus. Matsuki was also a friend of the collector Charles L. Freer of Detroit and an admirer of JW's work; in April 1903 he sent him some old Japanese paper via Freer (#01540).


Sharf, Frederic A., et al., A Pleasing Novelty: Bunkio Matsuki and The Japan Craze in Victorian Salem, Peabody & Essex Museum, Salem, MA, 1993.