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Urade Katsuhiko

Swimming carp, Showa period, 20th century

Auction Closed

September 6, 08:20 PM GMT


8,000 - 12,000 GBP

Lot Details


Urade Katsuhiko (b. 1955)

Swimming carp

Showa period, 20th century

a large standing screen (tsuitate) of typical form on two bracket feet: decorated in gold and various coloured hiramaki-etogidashi-enashiji, kimpun and finely cut inlays of mother-of-pearl on a polished black lacquer ground, with three carp among swirling waters, the reverse with a small blue bird in flight beside red-leafed bushes, signed Toshu, and with artist's red seal

approx. 110 x 128 cm., 43¼ x 50⅜ in.

48in across

Finely cut inlays of mother-of-pearl undulate in the form of stylised ripples disturbed by the carp swimming beneath the water’s surface. Their vibrant scales appear luminous against the polished black lacquer ground applied over the entirety of the standing screen. In a contrast of scene, the reverse reveals a small blue bird in flight beside a vibrancy of vermillion foliage.

Born in 1955 in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, at the age of eighteen Urade Katsuhiko studied under the maki-e [lit. sprinkled pictures, a form of decorative lacquer application] artist Tasaki Shoichiro (b. 1931). Shortly after, he went on to win the first newcomer’s prize at the 26th Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition (Nihon dento kogei ten) in 1979. Three years later Urade graduated from the Wajima Lacquer Art Technical Training Institute specialising in maki-e. Urade has won numerous awards for his work in lacquer and had his first overseas exhibition in New York as part of the Japan Club (Nihon kurabu) in 2006.