Thomsen Gallery

Hosokawa Shikō (b. 1941)
Tea Caddy with Wisteria, 1980s
Maki-e gold and silver lacquer on wood
3 x 2¾ x 2¾ in.
Storage box signed Shikō with seal Shikō

A fubuki (tea caddy of cylindrical form with a beveled edge), the turned-wood body finished in polished deep-black roiro lacquer and decorated on the top and sides in silver and two tones of gold hiramaki-e with paulownia leaves, flowers and seed-heads, the interior and recessed base in silver lacquer, the rims in gold lacquer.

Comes with the original fitted paulownia-wood tomobako storage box inscribed ‘Tea caddy with paulownia leaves in maki-e, silver-ground interior’, and signed ‘made by Shikō’ and sealed Shikō.

Born in 1941 in Ishikawa Prefecture, a center of high-quality lacquer production, Hosokawa Shikō trained with lacquer artists in Yamanaka Town and in 1969 became an independent specialist in maki-e (sprinkled metal powder decoration). In 1983 he won First Prize in the Yamanaka Town Lacquerers’ Exhibition, a major turning point in his career.

Thomsen Gallery

Specializes in Japanese fine art from the 5th to the 21st centuries, focusing on screens, paintings, ink art, ceramics, bamboo baskets, and gold lacquer boxes.

Erik and Cornelia Thomsen

9 East 63rd Street,
New York, NY 10065
United States