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.
160 pp., 29 x 21 cm. Paper. French / English text Alain Ducros. Japanese summary and list of netsuke, 7 pages, Alain Briot. Numerous colour plates.
Outside cover slightly worn, otherwise perfect condition.
The catalogue is filled with illustrations of approximately 200 netsuke, 50 inro, various pipe cases, tobacco pouches, kiseruzutsu pipe holders, and other items worn hanging from the belt. Also provided are reproductions of pages from design bases, such as the Soken Kisho (1781), and other woodblock-printed books. Enlarged details and signatures are shown separately.
With a preface (French language only) by Guy de Lasteyrie, and introduction by Alain Ducros.
Item location: Europe.
230 pp., 28 x 22 cm. Hardboard. English / German language. 16 colour plates, 154 b/w illustrations.
Outside cover very slightly rubbed, otherwise perfect condition.
The 99 lacquer objects, selected by Mr. Lee for this exhibition, are shown and discussed in the bilingual catalogue. The Lee Collection is famous for its quality and choice of materials. The entire text, including the description of each object, written in English by Mr. Lee himself, were translated into German by Heinz and Else Kress.
With an introduction and acknowledgments by Lee King Tsi, Hu Shih Chang (pp. 7 – 13). Preface by Roger Goepper, director of the exhibiting museum. Notes and bibliography to the introduction, pp. 14 -15.
Table of Chinese dynasties and periods, p. 16. Colour plates, pp. 17 – 32.
Black and white illustrations and descriptions, pp. 33 – 225.
Glossary of Chinese names and texts, pp. 226 – 227.
Selected Bibliography, pp. 228 –229.
Item location: Europe.
250 pp., 27.5 x 23 cm. Paper. German language. 23 colour plates, 152 b/w illustrations.
Almost all the 80 paintings illustrated and discussed in this catalogue, entitled ‘Im Schatten hoher Baeume’ (In the shadow of old trees), are shown here for the first time outside China. Many of them have never been published before. They all are from the collection of the Museum Province Liaoning, Shenyang, which is internationally known for the quantity as well as the high artistic level of its collection.
Although the exhibition focuses on Literati paintings, from the 15th century onwards, examples of various styles and subject groups were selected. The exhibition was planned in cooperation of Chinese and German experts, among them Prof. Lothar Ledderose, Art-Historical Institute, University of Heidelberg, Nora von Achenbach, Herbert Butz, Gerald Holzwarth, Burglind Jungmann, and others.
Introduction by Roger Goepper, Axel von Saldern, Katharina Schmidt, for the exhibiting museums, and Lothar Ledderose for the exhibition.
Table of contents, p. 9. An essay by Lothar Ledderose, Die Malerei der Literaten (On Literati Paintings), pp. 10 – 21. Historical map of China, era names of the Ming and Qing dynasties, pp. 22 – 23.
Colour plates, pp. 25 – 48. List of painters, with reference to the catalogue numbers, p. 49. Exhibition objects, pp. 50 – 239.
Index of Chinese names and descriptions, pp. 240 – 245. Bibliography, pp. 246 – 248.
Item location: Europe.
Four copies available.
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
82 pp., 22 x 19 cm. Paper. 14 colour plates, 6 b/w plates. Bilingual, French / English.
Alfred Baur (1866 - 1951) was highly successful, both as a Swiss businessman in Ceylon, and as a collector of Japanese lacquer and Chinese ceramics. In a letter to his long-term supplier of Japanese lacquers he stated that …‘Although I have been successful in business, I am prouder still of my collection of Chinese and Japanese Art’.
On occasion of the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Collections Baur Museum in Geneva, Pierre-Francis Schneeberger, formerly Keeper of the Baur Collection, describes the person behind the collections. We learn that at the end of the 19th century Alfred Baur went to Ceylon where he amassed a fortune by selling natural manure especially adapted to the fertilizing of coconut plantations. In connection with his business he built a private railway, the first on the island, and established various companies before returning to Switzerland after 22 years in Ceylon. His remaining years were divided between the management of his companies and the planning of his purchases and their display in suitable surroundings. The museum’s archives contain a large proportion of Baur’s correspondence with dealers and collectors, establishing the development of his interests in Far Eastern Art. Alfred Baur left his fortune in a Foundation for the Housing and Administration of his Collection; which also takes care of the publishing of well-researched and richly illustrated collection catalogues.
With 6 black/white plates and 14 colour plates, showing examples from Baur’s collection of sword fittings, netsuke, woodblock prints, Japanese porcelain, Chinese ceramics, Jade, and Snuff bottles.
Item location: Europe.
136 pp., 39 colour ills., 86 b/w ills. 27.5 x 22 cm. Paper. German text.
The catalogue presents Korean embroidered objects from a private Korean collection. Shown are Buddhist banners, sutra covers and wrappers (kesa), as well as screens, badges of rank (hyungbae) and smaller items such as women’s accessories, various kinds of pouches, mainly from the 18th and 19th centuries.
The collector, Mr. Huh Dong Hwa describes the changing styles and materials seen in Korean embroidery over the centuries, as well as the materials and techniques used, and he gives hints concerning handling and care of old embroideries.
Including: Bibliography, Embroidery techniques, Glossary with translation of Korean characters, art-historical and technical terms.
Item location: Europe.
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 2 1/8 in. (5.7 cm), diameter 7 in. (17.6 cm).
Two repaired chips, some surface scratches and frittings in the glaze. Basically very good and stable 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.