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Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942) & Kamisaka Yûkichi (1886-1938)
Neo rimpa urushi
Set of 5 urushi lacquer trays to serve suimonowan, soup bowls
Signed: Sekka with kaô
Technique: Makie, Ikkanuri lacquer. special kind of lacquer, decorated with orange lacquer ☐ 25.7 x 2.2
Box: signed by Yûkichi and Sekka

Sekka was one of the leading designers of Meiji, Taishô and early Shiowa period in Kyoto.

Sekka was both a late master of the Rimpa style and a pioneer of modern design in Japan. Born in Kyoto he had begun his artistic studies at the age of sixteen. In 1901 he went on a trip to Europe (notably Glasgow). Exposure to the European tradition of industrial design caused his own sense of design to blossom. His knowledge of Rimpa painting and his explorations in the field of design went hand in hand. He worked at the prestigious Kyoto City Municipal Museum and at the Kyoto Municipal School of Fine Arts and Crafts. He exhibited at, and was judge for, the Kyoto Art Association, the San Francisco Great Exhibition, and the regular Domestic Industrial Design exhibitions. He received numerous imperial commissions and was decorated several times by the Japanese and French governments for his work. He is seen as the father of modern design in Japan.

Kyoto 2003

Yûkichi was born in Kyoto, the younger brother of Sekka. He studied with the laquer artist Tomita Kôshichi (1854-1910). During his career he won a number of prizes and commisions for the court. He produced a lot of maki works together with his brother.

Kyoto 2003 p. 326

Price: EUR 3,500 / USD 3,990