Kidney-shaped tray with two pigeons

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    Kidney-shaped tray with two pigeons in grey and white on a grey to beige ground. The reverse in matt brown enamel with various roundels. Silver and gold wire. The tray with the seal mark of Sōsuke on the reverse; the image signed: Seitei with kakihan.

    The gradation of the coloured background was a feature much used by Sōsuke, in his desire to imitate painting. He had seen that his work was exhibited under the heading 'Fine art' in such exhibitions as the Japan-British in 1910, whereas that of his rivals, Namikawa Yasuyuki, Andō Jūbei and others who made no such attempt, were exhibited under 'Crafts'. This was a concept new to Japan, and new words had to be coined to express the concept, but it nevertheless satisfied some sort of desire for distinction in Sōsuke.

    In: Impey, Oliver, and Joyce Seaman, Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period 1868-1912, Ashmolean Handbooks (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2005)

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cloisonné

Further reading

Impey, Oliver, and Joyce Seaman, Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period 1868-1912, Ashmolean Handbooks (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2005), no. 47 on p. 98, pp. 8, 62, & 92, illus. pp. 98-99

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