antique japanese lacquer

A three-case inrō, 19th century Signed: Jōkasai
A three-case inrō, 19th centurySigned: JōkasaiHeight: 7.3 cmGold takamaki-e, hiramaki-e, hirame, aogai and metal inlays. Interiors in nashiji. With a large shell from the kai-awase matching game, simulating with various lacquer techniques a painted landscape with a swallow inlaid in shakudo above a river, with pine branches entwined by wisteria. The reverse with another shell seen from the outside. The background decorated with horizontal bands of geometrical diaper patterns on each compartment with different techniques and the rare use of red and green lacquer.Painted shells can be...

Design by Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942)  Lacquer by Kamisaka Yukichi (1886 – 1938)
Suzuribako (Writing Box)Design by Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942)Lacquer by Kamisaka Yukichi (1886 – 1938)With a signed and sealed tomobako A black lacquer writing box with inserts in pewter and mother of pearl decorated with camellias. All the lacquers decorated by  Kamisaka Sekka were made by his brother, Kamisaka Yukichi.Painter and designer, Kamisaka Sekka has been one of the most important Japanese artists who brought the traditional aesthetic in the western world. Sekka came from a samurai family - his father was in service at the imperial palace in Kyoto - and...

To-uchiwaNoh theatre fan of Chinese shapeEdo period (1615-1867), 19th centuryLength: 48 cmLacquered wood and painted silkFans of this type are used in Japanese Noh theatre representations by some characters like Kantan-Otoko or in few specific plays. The red lacquer and the old Chinese style of the fan are not found elsewhere on Japanese non-foldable fans (uchiwa), which are generally smaller and do not have the central wooden support. This kind of design is, in fact, Chinese and can be found in Japan only on gunbai-uchiwa, the fan used by generals to guide the troops, made with this...

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