The size of Bon Tray, 11 13/16” Long x 7 5/8” Wide x 9/16” High. This is lovely Bon Tray by renown Textile artist, Minagawa Gekka. Tray has top with silk covered with hand painted design of flower by Gekka. The reddish lacquer tray work. The condition of tray excellent, no chip, no crack. It is signed with “Gekka Saku” (Gekka made on the silk). It came with Tomobako. The top has Japanese writing, “Some Ga”(Dyeing painted). “Shinmotsu Bon” (presentation tray). “Gekka Saku” (Gekka made) with his chop seal. Dated from 1950-1960.
Minagawa Gekka (1893-1987)
Dyeing Textile Artist. His real name was Shuichi. The father of Minagawa Taizo.
He studied Yuzen and Dyeing(senshoku) from Yasuda Suisen. Gekka was originally trained in the Yuzen technique of dyeing fabric, a specialty of his native Kyoto that involved painting directly on fabric. Seeking a fresh perspective, he became a student of Tsuji Kakô(1871-1931), a famed Kyoto painter who worked in traditional styles. At the same time, he studied oil painting at the Kansai Art Institute, a famous painting school in the Kyoto area. He developed a unique repertoire of motifs quite outside the traditional mold. Instead of the delicate cherry and plum blossoms associated with Kyoto silks, he favored bold themes such as Dragon design we have. Gekka also departed from traditional Yuzen dyeing by approaching technique in an inventive way. He was a pioneer of applying hand painted technique to Yuzen works. His name first became widely known in 1927, when he exhibited his work at the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts Exhibition (Teiten), the most prestigious competition of the day. Until his death in 1987, Gekka searched tirelessly for new means of expression and formats for textile art: his works include screen panels (byôbu), decorative hangings for the ceremonial carts used in Kyoto’s Gion Festival including, Kikusui Hoko, Tsuki Hoko and many others, and ceiling panels for a Buddhist temple, all of which were traditionally created by painters. Gekka played a central role in elevating the status of textiles as an art in modern Japan. He had many one man show around Japan. He published a books of his works thru Kyoto Shoin as well as Korin-sha. He received many awards in most prestigious Nitten exhibitions, was well as Teiten. His works are among the collection in Tokyo National Modern Art Museum as well oversea museum including in The University of Michigan Museum. He received Kyoto Municipal Cultural Merit Award as well as Japan Geijutsuin Award. He was a judge of Nitten and a member of Nitten judge board.