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Rare Taisho Japanese Lacquer Painting by Tojima Kofu

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Rare Taisho Japanese Lacquer Painting by Tojima Kofu
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A rare scroll painting using Japanese lacquer on silk by Tojima Kofu (1882-1946). Typically, mineral pigments and sumi ink are used to produce Japanese paintings on a silk or paper base. However, during the Meiji period (1868-1912) artists began to use lacquer to produce interesting works of art on silk. The noted artist, Shibata Zeshin was one artist who skillfully used lacquer to create interesting landscapes paintings. Tojima Kofu is a lacquer artist who specialized in Kyoto style lacquer. Kofu's work combined realism and Western styles with traditional Kyoto style lacquer techniques. During the Meiji to the Showa period Kofu's works gained popularity outside of Japan and are housed in major collections in the United States and Europe. Not many of his works remain in Japan and the few are housed at Zohiko the noted Kyoto establishment that has produced spectacular works in makie and lacquer. Another is the Imperial Household where lacquer furniture was presented to Emperor Taisho and the Crown Prince (Emperor Showa).

Tojima Kofu often produced lacquer paintings of carp on silk. A similar work survives in the collection of Zohiko; a pair of scrolls with two carp swimming in the water.

Age: Taisho- Showa Period.

Size: Height 71.0" Width 14.0"

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