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Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
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Ohashi Sobei (Sohei) Modernist Lacquer Plate Set

Ohashi Sobei (Sohei) Modernist Lacquer Plate Set

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A distinctive set of wooden plates in red and black lacquer by Ohashi Sobei dating from the early 20th century made for the service of traditional Japanese Kaiseki Cuisine. The plates are made with a circular base surrounded by opposing loops in red and black. Very unusual and visually striking. Each is 19 x 16.5 x 2.5 cm (7-3/4 x 6-1/2 x 1 inch) and all are in excellent condition. Each comes in a unique cloth pouch enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Wa-chigai Kashizara, go Kyaku (5 Sweets dishes with opposing rings).
The first generation of the Ohashi Sobei family was a disciple of the fourth generation Sotetsu, and was so trusted as to be appointed the guardian of Sotetsu V. The second generation Sobei was a disciple of Sotetsu VII, and became the guardian of the Sotetsu VIII, however died young. The third generation served as a craftsman of the eighth generation Sotetsu, and it is said that most of the works attributed to Sotetsu at that time were actually made by Sobei III. He too was appointed the guardian of the ninth Sotetsu in the late Meiji period.