Painted area: 13 3/8 x 21 7/8 in. (34 x 55.5 cm). Total height: 53 3/8 in. (135.5 cm).
With plain wooden box, no inscriptions.
Unimportant thin stain in lower left corner, otherwise fine condition. Box with fair amount of insect damage.
Kano Seisen’in Yoshin (or Yasunobu) (ca. 1799-1846). Son and pupil of Kano Isen’in, painter-in-residence to the Edo castle. Made many copies of older paintings. In 1819 he became hogen, in 1834 he became hoin.
Overall height 9 in. (22.8 cm); width at widest point 5.5 in. (13.3 cm).
Four pieces of fretwork broken, three of which are glued and repainted. Some cracks in the lacquered frame along the seams of the wood, some of the gold and silver lacquer rubbed and chipped. The color on the fretwork dried out and crumbling. Damages due to age and use. All in all in rather good condition.
36 pp., 24.5 x 17.5 cm. Paper. English text. Numerous b/w illustrations.
Pulverer, Gerhard, Japanese woodblock prints and impressionism, pp. 31-42;
Groenewegen, Peter, Photography of prints and small objects, pp. 43-49;
Morse, Peter, Additional Drawings in Hokusai’s ‘Hundred Poets’ series, pp. 50-52;
Lane, Richard, Teenage mutant ninja: the book, p. 53;
Kress, Else, Travelling shrine in shape of an inro, p. 54/Front cover;
John Stevenson, Book reviews: Undercurrents in the Floating World, pp. 55-56.
In his very interesting article on Japanese woodblock prints and impressionism, Gerhard Pulverer cites examples from the Hokusai Manga over Edouard Manet and Whistler to Hiroshige, to Gustav Klimt, and to Aubrey Beardsley.
Item location: Europe.
14 pp., 23 x 15.5 cm. Paper. English text. 17 colour illustrations.
Almost perfect condition.
The brochure was produced in connection with an exhibition of Edo period (1615-1868) lacquer objects owned by the museum. Shown are writing boxes (suzuribako), a tray decorated with Daikoku’s hammer by Zeshin, a set of 12 incense containers of globular shape, each decorated and signed by another Taisho-period (1912-25) lacquer master, a sho flute, and a picnic-set.
Essay by Kakudo Yoshiko, entitled ‘Later Japanese Lacquers’, sub-titles ‘Surface Decoration’, ‘Writing Implements’, ‘Objects for Incense and Tea’, ‘Objects for Dressing’, etc., pp. 2-11.
Detailed list of the objects shown in the exhibition, measurements, inv.-no., etc., and Suggested Further Reading, pp. 12-14.
Item location: Europe.
104 pp., 30 x 21.5 cm. Hardboard. Japanese language only. 62 colour plates.
Outside cover very slightly soiled, otherwise perfect condition.
The 62 colour plates present excellent and detailed photographs of writing boxes (suzuri-bako), saddles, furniture, and other objects, produced during the past centuries by the best lacquer masters in the Kaga area. Among them are members of the Igarashi family, and their followers.
In an essay by Motoya Fumio (pp.11 - 18) of the Ishikawa prefecture Museum of Arts, style and technique of lacquer objects made by Igarashi Dôho and his followers are compared to Edo (Tokyo)-style lacquer objects. The Kaga province, at the Japan Sea coast, is famous for its high-quality lacquers.
Total 49 illustrations of lacquer objects by Igarashi masters, or also executed in Igarashi-style, are shown on pp. 19 – 50. This is followed by 18 illustrations of lacquer objects made by Shimizu Kuhei (1686 - ?) and his circle (pp. 52 – 61). Lacquered armour, writing boxes, and other Kaga lacquer objects are shown on pp. 62 – 70.
Pages 72 – 84 focus on works by less known Kaga lacquer masters active in the Meiji period and the 20th century. Shown are 26 illustrations of objects by such masters as Igarashi Zuiho (1852-1903), Yoneda Magoroku (? – 1874?), Sawada Sotaku (1830-1915), Shinoda Getsukyo (1883-1931), Ogaki Shokun (1865-1937), Awada Beizan (1881-1943), Fugaki Seiho (1884-1954), and others.
On pp. 85 – 88 are presented 32 enlarged examples of the various techniques seen on objects by Igarashi, and other lacquer masters. Explanations and commentaries concerning the objects shown are given on pp. 89 – 99.
List of plates with measurements and relevant information on pp. 100 – 101. A list of the association’s chairmen during the past 40 years, and photograph of the 12 present members of the board are found on pp. 102 – 103.
Item locations: Europe.
20 pp., 24 x 17 cm. Paper. French text. 9 b/w plates.
Designs produced by the Japanese lacquer Master Uzawa Shogetsu seem to grow out of smooth surfaces of the perfectly finished lacquer boxes and other items he produced. Shogetsu’s (probably 1877 - ?) specialty were subtly shaded lacquer (maki-e) decorations, painted in meticulous details.
With 26 items, the majority of works of this little known master is found today in the Collections Baur. Some of the objects were especially made to order for the collector Alfred Baur (1866 - 1951), who bought as many of Shogetsu’s objects as were available. As a consequence of Baur’s passion for this artist’s work, Shogetsu is comparatively unknown in Japan today.
Various Tables, Glossary, and Notes.
Item location: Europe.
96 pp., 26 x 19 cm. Paper. English text. 57 colour plates.
Perfect condition, one ex libris ‘Rolf M. Degener’.
Well-known, but always fresh and astonishing are the ways Mt. Fuji is presented by Hokusai. Whether dominating the entire print or being just visible at the horizon above human activities, depicted in cool, clean colours and dramatic angles – this series must be considered as a masterpiece. On a map of Japan the locations of the views of Mt. Fuji is superimposed with the plate numbers in this book. On a Map of Edo from 1805 are printed the plate numbers of the remaining views. This is an eminently readable and enjoyable book.
Item location: Europe
Holle Verlag, Baden-Baden, Germany, 1965, 375 pp., 25.5 x 21 cm. Cloth. German language. 37 colour plates, 256 b/w illustrations.
Dust cover faded and slightly worn at spine, slight foxing at page edges, otherwise perfect condition.
Lackkunst in Ostasien (East-Asian Lacquer Art) is one of the first overviews written in German language on the subject of lacquer. The book begins chronologically with illustrations of more than 2000 years old Chinese lacquer objects, continuing to Chinese, Japanese, and Korean lacquer boxes and screens of later epochs. Samples are shown of all kinds of techniques and styles, including lacquer paintings by Shibata Zeshin. The majority of objects shown here were owned by two rivalling industrial-lacquer producing companies: the Herberts and the Herbig-Haarhaus companies, in Wuppertal and Cologne, Germany. Owner and director of both companies were interested in lacquer art and began in 1937 to exhibit family treasures. Later they systematically bought lacquer objects at auctions and exhibitions. During the 2nd World War a large part of the Herberts collection, especially lacquered furniture, was destroyed. However, smaller items of Chinese and Japanese lacquer art, being easier to transport, and perhaps more precious, were stored in rural places and survived. Beatrix von Rague was responsible for the collection of one company during the years 1952-1959. Edith Straesser was responsible for the other company-owned lacquer museum from 1967 until 1987.
In 1982 the lacquer collections of Dr. Kurt Herberts were acquired by the BASF Lacke + Farben AG, who now exhibit them in their Museum of Lacquer Art in Muenster, Germany.
Appendix: Zeittafel (Table of Chinese dynasties, reigns of Japanese emperors, Korean eras, from 1600 B.C. to 1925 A.D.), pp. 356-359. Bibliography, pp. 360-364. Index, pp. 365-374, Museums and collections presented, p. 375. Table of contents, p. 376.
Rare early reference. Item location: Europe.
395 pp., 26 x 18.5 cm. Paper. Japanese text, English captions. 200 ills., 156 colour plates.
A lavishly illustrated overview of a variety of Japanese lacquer objects produced on the island of Shikoku, Kagawa prefecture. Colour illustrations present brilliantly carved lacquer objects decorated in the striking black and red sanuki technique, other objects and screens are decorated in the kinma technique, imported from Burma (today Myanmar) in the 17th century. Shown are also colourful incised zonsei lacquers. Many reading helps (furigana) for names, techniques, etc., found throughout the text.
Pages 16 – 84 focus on Tamakaji Zôkoku (1807 - 69), a brilliant master of carved lacquer, kinma-lacquers, and colourful zonsei-nuri. This is followed by examples of work and short biographies of various Kagawa Lacquer masters of the 20th century (see list below).
Pages 32-35 and 148- 157 deal with the well known Yamanaka lacquer shop in Osaka, the base of Yamanaka & Co., in New York (founded 1894), and its Boston branch (1899).
Illustrations of works by such craftsmen as (in alphabetical order): Akashi Bokkei, works dated from 1947 to1990, Bunkidô Kokusai, brother of Tamakaji Zôkoku, Bunkidô Ransai (kinma, zonsai), Gotô Tahei, 1913, Ishii Keidô (Sakamoto Sessai), 1926 – 1933, Isoi Joshin, kinma, carved lacquer,1922, 1933, 1946, 1959, Isoi Masami, 1964, 1974, 1988, 1994, Kagawa Sôseki, 1946, 1955, Kamada Kadô, 1941 - 1945, Kitahara Senroku, 1927, 1934, Kubota Tsune, 1982, Manago Jitsuya, 1967, Mori Zôdô, 1931, Takahashi Kanzan, 1920, Takagi Yoshitsugu, 1922, Sasa Chikusen, 1951, Tamakaji Zôkoku, works dated from 1839 to 1854, Tamakaji Tôsha, works dated from 1881 to 1895, Tanizawa Fujimatsu, 1933 – 1941, Ônishi Tadao, 1955 – 1963, Ôshima Tadashi, 1957, Ôta Hitoshi, 1983 – 1998, Otomaru Kôdô, 1924, 1929, 1934, 1975.
Bibliography, focusing on Tamakaji Zôkoku and his workshop. Citations from magazines (Shikkokai zasshi, etc.), readings of inscriptions on works and storage boxes, transciptions of notes by Tamakaji Zôkoku, pp. 326-355. (Zôkoku) Setsudô, pp. 355-359, Hyakku-kaen, Miki Hachigorô, pp. 360-361, Mori Zôdô, pp. 361-362, Kagawa-ken kôgei gakku (Kagawa pref. Handicraft school), Kagawa-ken bijutsu tenrankai (Kagawa pref. Fine Arts Exh. Assoc.), pp. 362-363, Isoi Joshin, pp. 363-365, Otomaru Kôdô, pp. 365-368, Akashi Bokkei, pp. 368-369, Ônishi Tadao, pp. 369-370, Kagawa Sôseki, p. 370, Isoi Masami, p. 370, Ôta Hitoshi, pp. 370-371, Tamakaji Zôkoku, abbreviated genealogies, pp. 371-372, Tamakaji Zôkoku, genealogy, p. 371. Conclusion, pp. 375-379.
Bilingual list of plates with measurements and relevant information, pp. 382-290. Index, in Japanese with furigana.
Item location: Europe. This is a low priced book
Painted silk: 9 ½ x 16 7/8 in. (42.7 x 23.6 cm).
Restored tear in the upper half of the Daiitoku-painting, otherwise good conditions.
Wooden storage box.
Height: 3 ¼ in.; diameter: 6 in. (8.3; 15.2 cm)
Box, inside of cover inscribed with authentication of piece as a mizusashi in the shape of a karako in ao-Oribe, made by Kato Shuntai from Seto. Authentication signed by Matsumori An.....
Kato Shuntai (1802-1877) worked in many ceramic styles. The splashes of flambé crackled glaze are very typical for his works (Shuntai-yaki). His works and the works of his ancestors can be found in museums around Japan and the US.
Height 4 7/8 inches (12.3 cm).
Spout broken and restored with silver band, few abrasions in enamels, otherwise very good condition.
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Height: 9.5 inches; width: 8.75 inches (24 x 22.2 cm).
On the back two old paper labels. One is the address label of B.H. Collins , Coins and Curios in Washington, DC. The other label is a catalogue description of this piece (with correction).
Inside: most attributes lost, otherwise very good condition. Box with finely engraved hardware: few traces of usage, mostly very good condition.
New, in original shrink wrap.
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Height 10 ¾ in. (27.8 cm); width 14 in. (35.6 cm). Height incl. ring and balls 15 in. (38.1 cm)
Some of the eyelets from which the balls were dangling broken and two balls per keman missing (one ball separately), gilding rubbed (on the reverse the gilding is better preserved than on the front), otherwise excellent condition.
Height to tip of mandorla: 14 in. (35.5 cm); length: 8 ¼ in. (21 cm) ; width: 4 7/8 in. (12.2 cm).
Some lacquer chips at the feet of the base, some tiny, old chips at the mane and at the clothes, unimportant repair at stick of mandorla. All in all very good condition.
Height 17 ½ in., length 21 in., depth 6 ½ in. (44.5 x 53 x 17 cm).
Some edges of the different blocks chipped, chip to lotus base, chips to the tips of mane on head and to hair tufts at legs. Basically very good and stable condition.
Diameter: 6 ½ inches (16.5 cm).
In fitted wooden box, 7 ½ x 7 ½ x 4 inches (19 x 19 x 10.2 cm), inscribed on the lid KÔRIN-sai-gahen-maki-e, ichimonji meimei-sara (Dishes individually decorated in KÔRIN style). Signed and sealed inside the lid HEIANDÔ & seal Heiandô, and Wanyo (?) & seal Wanyo.
Items located in Europe.