A lakeside scene decorates this raw wood “Kobon” Incencse Tray by Tanaka Hakuin enclosed in a custom period wooden box. It is 21-1/2 x 14-1/2 x 1-1/2 inches (55 x 37 x 4 cm). There is a repair in the lower right corner.
Tanaka Hakuin (1865-1934) was born in Suruga, modern day Shizuoka. He became one of the prominent disciples of Tanomura Chokunyu in Kyoto at the age of 17 (1883) inheriting the Nanga tradition of Tanomura Chikuden. In 1900, upon marriage, he changed his name to Tanaka. An important figure in Kansai art circles in the opening years of the 20th century, he worked tirelessly with the likes of Tomioka Tessai to promote the Literati tradition. He later settled in Hofu, Yamaguchi Prefecture, where he established a studio and passed on the tradition to many young students.