Suzuki Masaya. Box with Turkish Bellflowers (Turuko Kikyo). 1995. Lacquer, wood, acrylic, gold, mother-of-pearl. Gift of the artist and Kagedo Japanese Art, Seattle Washington. 2002.85A-B.
overall height: 7 in, 17.7800 cm; overall width: 8 5/8 in, 21.9075 cm; overall length: 10 5/8 in, 26.9875 cm
Signed on the reverse in lacquer by the artist.
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Box with Turkish Bellflowers (Turuko Kikyo)
by Suzuki Hyosaku III (b. 1932)
1995, Heisei period
Lacquer, wood, acrylic, gold, mother-of-pearl
Gift of the artist and Kagedo Japanese Art, Seattle
Suzuki Masaya, the grandson of Suzuki Hyosaku I (1874–1943), was born in Kyoto and inherited the family title of Hyosaku III after his father’s death in 1991. Masaya harmonized traditional and contemporary elements by developing new techniques and incorporating modern materials to achieve a new range of possibilities for contemporary lacquer art. The lid of this box was fashioned from carved acrylic resin and decorated with acrylic paint, colored lacquer, gold, and mother-of-pearl inlay. The design of Turkish bellflowers was devised so the red and black lacquer base of the box could be seen through its clear acrylic cover.
2002, DAM collection, gift of the artist and Kagedo Japanese Art, Kyoto Japan and Seattle WA respectively.
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