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.