The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures

Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
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Lacquer Mid-century Design Daizara Dish by Banura Shogo

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Lacquer: Pre 1960: Item # 1418929

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817-2 Kannonji Monzen-cho
Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
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An elevated dish decorated in bold black and red with a flash of gold by important 20th century lacquer artist Banura Shogo enclosed in the original wooden box. The top is red over black with a Tim Burton twist to the design, the bottom unusual green, signed inside the foot ring. It is 21 cm (8 inches) diameter and in excellent condition.
Banura Shogo (1901-1982) was born in Ishikawa prefecture, home to the outlandish Kaga style of decoration. He studied lacquer in Wajima form 1921, and moved to Kyoto to further his studies in 1925, falling in with the likes of Okumura Kyuka. He exhibited with the National Exhibitions, Teiten, Bunten and Nitten where he was often recognized. He would also be awarded at the Paris Exposition in 1937 and remained active throughout the war years as director o the Kyoto Crafts Institute, where he would be very influential on future generations. With the bitter years over, in 1945 he formed the Sojinsha art group, which became the Shugenkai in 1953, and in 1961 he established the Kyoto Lacquer Artists Association (Kyoto Shitsugeika Kyokai). Two years later he was awarded the Japan Art Academy Prize (Nihon Geijutsuin). In 1980 he received the Order of the Rising Sun, one of the highest honors for a living artist. Work is held in the National Museums of Modern Art both Tokyo and Kyoto, as well as the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art and any number of other public and private collections.