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DESCRIPTION: A fantastical and colorful set of six Sevres porcelain plates, hand painted by Japanese artist, Toshio Aoki. Each plate shows various inanimate objects personified into enchanting characters engaged in gala activities. Objects such as champagne glasses, knives, forks, or corkscrews, and vegetables including cabbage, beans and eggplants are transformed into vibrant fantasy party-goers, each with individual personalities and costumes. These plates are quite exceptional since Tashio Aoki's work rarely comes to market. From a long held collection, and in perfect, original condition; C. 1900. For more of T. Aoki's porcelain works, see our other listings, CPGP1 and CPGP3. DIMENSIONS: Each plate is 7 1/2" in diameter (19 cm).
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Toshio Aoki (1854–1912), or simply “T. Aoki,” was a Japanese immigrant artist who relocated from Yokohama to San Francisco in the 1880's and spent the rest of his life in California until his death in San Diego in 1912. His paintings and illustrations on paper, textiles and porcelain represent the work of one of the earliest known Japanese painters in California.
T. Aoki often painted strange or comical figures, and he himself was described as droll or strange. He was admired for his skill, naturalism, and facility with the brush, but the humorous or strange nature of his works was often misinterpreted through the West's perception of Japan at that time. However, Aoki did not remain within closely defined Japanese iconography, nor did he obediently repeat Western stereotypes. His paintings show a degree of experimentation that represents the artist’s thoughtful engagement with both Japanese and Western trends. Aoki’s association with fantasy should not be seen only within the confines of Japanese art, but also as part of broader cultural trends in the West.