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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Tea Articles: Pre 1970: Item # 1189328

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Kodaiji Lacquer Natsume by Nishimura Zohiko
$1000

西村象彦 高台寺蒔絵棗

The Kodaiji motif originates from the temple founded by Hideyoshi's wife, Nene in the late 16th century. The Otamaya,or the building that enshrines the souls of Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Nene, is decorated with Momoyama period style lacquer and the motifs used later inspired generations of artists to combine stylized patterns of chrysanthemums and paulownia in various tea utensils.

The tea container or natsume is produced by the firm of Nishimura Zohiko. In Japanese art, there are studio pieces that disciples will make for a certain amount. On another level, there are mid-range pieces that masters will either produce or will do the finishing touches and this natsume might be the latter. The reasoning originates with the box that is attached to the container. Most, studio pieces are stored in paper boxes or wooden boxes with printed labels or generic seals. This piece is hand written with the red seals stamped on the box.

Zohiko is one of the lacquer studios that was widely known in the West during the 19th century through exports and exhibitions at world fairs and expositions. Zohiko continued expanding into different markets and by the late 20th century the firm was producing fine lacquer ware for various uses.

Age: 1960-1970. Late Showa Size: height: 2.598" (6.6 cm) diameter: 2.637" (6.7 cm)

NOTE: The work comes from the devastated Northeast Japan region and part of the sale is supporting non-profit organization that helps children living in temporary shelters in the devastated North East Japan Region.



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