About Me

I first discovered the art of Netsuke as a young boy. On family visits to my Uncles home, he would produce these beautiful small carvings that captivated me. Sadly, pocket money at the time wouldn’t stretch to a Netsuke collection. It wasn’t until my late 20’s that I was able to scratch that itch. It has quickly grown into an obsession encompassing Netsuke, Japanese lacquer and other forms of Japanese art and antiques.

In December 2017 I was fortunate enough to sell my print and marketing company that I’d spent nearly a decade building. This has given me the freedom and time to explore my passion for Japanese art and culture more vigorously and turn my passion into my profession.

This website will be a living document that will be updated regularly with my current selection of stock.

If you find anything that interests you, please do contact me. I’m based 30 minutes from London and regularly travel in Europe. I would love to meet collectors and enthusiasts alike.

Robert Willford


Phone or Whatsapp: +447534 423 803

Email: robert@willford-ja.co.uk