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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Blue-Silver Lacquered Mizusashi by Tonami Sosai II


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Directory: Artists: Lacquer: Pre 2000: Item # 1440553

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Gold willows drape over the highly unusual silver-tinged blue lacquer surface of this water container by Tonami Sosai II enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Uwajima Nuri Seigin Yanagi Te-oke Mizusashi (Silver Blue Uwajima Lacquer, Willow, Bucket Shaped Mizusashi). The outside is a shimmering blue tinged with silver, while inside is black covered in powdered silver flake. A striking combination. The willow is delicately depicted in tendrils of gold about the circumference, on the lid and on the handle with highlights on the trunk of kirigane applied gold. It is 22.5 cm (8-3/4 inches) diameter and in excellent condition.
Tonami Sosai II (1918-2004) was born in Kanazawa city, , although raised in the world of lacquer ware, began his artistic career studying Nihonga (Japanese style painting) under Hatakeyama Kinsei. In 1950 he returned to the family business, studying under his father the first generation Sosai as well as his cousin Oba Shogyo who would later be named a living National Treasure for Maki-e. He exhibited with the National Traditional Crafts Exhibition among others, and received the Nihon Kogeikai Kaicho prize there in 1984.