"All were new clients -- the level of sophistication is high here and by 7:30 of opening night, I decided to sign up for next year," says Mirviss. Pounced on immediately were a 1991 Suzuki Osamu sculptural object drenched in a fiery red glaze, and a Wada Morihiro vessel. The Wada with its textile references, from its kimono shape to design patterns, was snapped up by a collector who sits on the board of two East Coast museums, reports Mirviss.

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