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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Kamisaka Sekka Lacquer Tanzaku-ire Poem Card Case

Kamisaka Sekka Lacquer Tanzaku-ire Poem Card Case


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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Lacquer: Pre 1940: Item # 1436804

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The Kura
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817-2 Kannonji Monzen-cho
Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
tel.81-75-201-3497
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 $300.00 
A small wooden case covered in tame-nuri lacquer decorated with a branch of bamboo by Kamisaka Sekka bound with the original yellow chord and enclosed in the original wooden box. In combination with a few other works we are currently offering by Sekka, this would be an interesting look into his world of design. This is 38 x 7.5 cm (15 x 3-1/4 inches). It has been well used, with a seperation of the joint in the corner and wear to the surface. See close-up photos.
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.