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Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942) & Kimura Hideo (1872?-1944)
Neo Rimpa
Maki-e suzuribako, gold lacquered writing box - Mount Hôrai
Signed: Sekka
Seals: Kaô
Technique: Makie, gold lacquered with raden (Mother-of-pearl inlay) 24,1 x 16,5 x 3,8 cm
Date: 1920-30
Box: signed by Kimra Hideo (Lacquer artist)
Condition: fine

Compare: Kyoto 2003 “Sekka”, cat. nr. 124

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. (AB)

Hideo was a maki-e artist, who had strudied with Tojima Shinjirô (..-..). In 1910 he participated in the establishment of the Kyôbikai. Next to traditional designs he also produced works of Western design by Mizuki Heitarô (..-..) and Okamoto Tadashi (..-..), which he submitted at the Nôten show. Hideo was an important figure for the lacquer world.

Kyoto 2003 p. 326