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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Two Silk Fukusa by Kamisaka Sekka, published

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Textiles: Pre 1940: Item # 1436768

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Two silk Fukusa wrapping cloths designed and or hand painted by Kamisaka Sekka enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating from the Taisho period. The first is an emboridered wrapping cloth with patterns of flowers and grasses designed by Sekka, 13 x 14 inches (33 x 35.5 cm) in excellent condition complete with red cloth obi. For an identical piece see Kamisaka Sekka: Rimpa Master - Pioneer of Modern Design by Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art 2003 p. 103 fig 23. The second is white satin hand painted with lotus, 13-1/2 x 15 inches (34.5 x 38 cm). There is some typical age staining from contact with the wood box. For a similar piece from the Sherman Lee collection (now housed in Minneapolis) see the same book, page 112 figure 39. A very rare opportunity to acquire two museum quality works by this master.
Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942) is the godfather of 20th century Japanese design and the Rimpa revival. He was born in Kyoto in 1866, one of six siblings. From 1882 he began his artistic career, however did not take-off until visiting the Paris Expo in 1901, where he was exposed to Art Nouveau and Western industrial design concepts. He was adept as a painter and designer in an assortment of other media, working with various artisans to bring to life his ideas. He was employed as a teacher at the Kyoto Municipal School of Art (future University of Fine Art), and was widely exhibited and prized throughout his career, which ended in retirement in 1938. For more see the afore mentioned Kamisaka Sekka: Rimpa Master - Pioneer of Modern Design by Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art 2003, Kamisaka Sekka: Rinpa Traditionalist, Modern Designer by Andreas Marks, 2012 or Kamisaka Sekka: Dawn of Modern Japanese Design by Khanh Trinh, 2012.