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18.1 Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942) with Suzuki Hyôsaku (1874-1943)
Neo-Rimpa maki
Suzurifuta, inkstone tray decorated with sheaves of rice
Signed: Sekka
Seals: Sekka
Technique: gold on silk, mounted inside a laquer tray 34.1 x 26 x 5.1
Date: 1920-40
Box: signed by Hyôsaku
Condition: one edge lightly nibbled. otherwise very good

Compare # 64 in Donald E. Wood & Yuko Ikeda (eds), Kamisaka Sekka: Rimpa Master-Pioneer of Modern Design, Kyoto 2003.

Sekka was one of the leading designers of Meiji, Taishô and early Shôwa periods 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 considered the father of modern design in Japan.

Reference:
Kyoto 2003

Hyôsaku was a leading lacquer worker in Kyoto.

Reference:
Kyoto 2003 p. 327

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