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Tray with cockerel, hen, and chick



  • cloisonné

    Decorative technique in which wires are attached to a metal body and coloured enamels are applied between the wires.


    • currently in research collection

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  • Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period 1868-1912 by Oliver Impey and Joyce Seaman

    Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period

    A while cockerel and hen with a dark mottled chick stand against a pale blue ground, within a foliate border. The reverse woth different coloured shapes of a snowflake, cherry blossom and crescent moon on a turquoise ground. The tray unsigned; the image signed: Seitei with kakihan.

    The wire is used here as emphasis; is makes part of the picture, but Sōsuke could well have dispensed with it if he had wished to; the wire is vital to the composition. Later he was to devise pictorial patterns where the wire is almost all invisible. In the Third National Industrial Exposition in 1890 he exhibited a pair of wooden screens with inset shippō panels imitating the work of a series of famous painters from the tenth to the nineteenth centuries, at least one of which had no visible wire.

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