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Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
Carved Lacquer Natsume with Dragonflies by Okabe Keizo

Carved Lacquer Natsume with Dragonflies by Okabe Keizo

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Lacquer: Pre 1980: Item # 1483914
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Overlapping dragonflies in deep relief cover the black surface of this impressive Natsume by Okabe Keizo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Tsuikoku Natsume (Carved Black Natsume). This is performed in the carved lacquer technique of Kagawa prefecture, where multiple layers of lacquer are applied then carved through leaving the design in releif. A very time consuming process. It is 7.5 cm (3 inches) diameter, the same height and in excellent condition.
Okabe Keizo was born in 1912 in Kagawa prefecture on the island of Shikoku and studied the art of lacquer carving (Tsuishu Yozei) under the important artist Otomaru Kodo (later designated a Living National Treasure. He was awarded at the Japan Art Academy (Nihon Bijutsu-Kyokai) in 1938, and accepted into the Nitten in 1942, garnering several prizes there over the coming years. In 1956 he would be accepted into the National Traditional Crafts Exhibition.