A gold lacquer rectangular single-shelf shodana (table) By Kitamura Tatsuo (born 1952), 20th century
Lot 394*
A gold lacquer rectangular single-shelf shodana (table)
By Kitamura Tatsuo (born 1952), 20th century
Sold for £49,250 (US$ 83,758) inc. premium
Auction Details
A gold lacquer rectangular single-shelf shodana (table) By Kitamura Tatsuo (born 1952), 20th century A gold lacquer rectangular single-shelf shodana (table) By Kitamura Tatsuo (born 1952), 20th century A gold lacquer rectangular single-shelf shodana (table) By Kitamura Tatsuo (born 1952), 20th century A gold lacquer rectangular single-shelf shodana (table) By Kitamura Tatsuo (born 1952), 20th century
Lot Details
A gold lacquer rectangular single-shelf shodana (table)
By Kitamura Tatsuo (born 1952), 20th century
Decorated in the style of Shibata Zeshin with takamakie appliqués of three sword fittings consisting of two kozuka and four inro within overlapping square panels, all finely lacquered with a different motif, the pair of inro on the top shelf depicting an eagle eyeing two monkeys hiding within a rock on one side and the reverse showing a monkey swinging from a pine branch, the bottom shelf showing the duel between Ushiwakamaru and Benkei at Gojo Bridge, all reserved against a rich okibirame ground, the eight corners with silver mounts engraved with floral sprays, the scalloped inner edges also of silver, the base signed Unryuan with kao; with lacquered wood storage box. 25.5cm x 54.8cm x 32.3cm (10in x 21½in x 12 9/16in). (2).

Footnotes

  • 印籠鍔小柄散図蒔絵金地塗書棚 銘「雲龍庵(花押)」 20世紀

    Kitamura Tatsuo was born in the Year of the Dragon, a most auspicious year since the dragon is regarded as the most powerful animal in the Buddhist pantheon. His go (art name) Unryuan translates literally a 'cloud-dragon retreat' is aptly chosen for the development of his art and for the independence and power of his studio.

    Uryuan was born in Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture, an area famous for its lacquer ware. At an early age he began a long apprenticeship to a local lacquer artist and acquired a solid grounding in the various techniques used in traditional lacquer production. As he matured, he developed an even greater devotion to the classical styles and techniques of lacquer ware and today he is considered one of the greatest living lacquer artists. His work is found in some of the most important museums and private collections worldwide. For further bibliographical details of the artist, see Victoria and Albert Museum, Exhibition Catalogue, Unryuan: Master of Traditional Japanese Lacquer ware, The Toshiba Gallery of Art, 30th October 2002 - 6th February 2003.
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