Standing Screen (Tsuitate) with Stag and Fawn

Standing Screen (Tsuitate) with Stag and Fawn

about 1935-44
Artist
Oguchi Shoji, Japan
Country
Japan
screen
Lacquer and wood
Funds from the Sam F. and Freda R. Davis Charitable Trust
2012.3
Oguchi Shoji (Japan). Standing Screen (Tsuitate) with Stag and Fawn. about 1935-44. Lacquer and wood. Funds from the Sam F. and Freda R. Davis Charitable Trust. 2012.3.
Dimensions
height: 40.5 in, 102.8700 cm; width: 46 3/8 in, 117.7925 cm; depth: 13 1/8 in, 33.3375 cm
Inscription
Shoji Saku
Department
Asian
Collection
Asian
Standing Screen (Tsuitate) with Stag and Fawn by Oguchi Shoji (1907-?) Japan, Toyama Prefecture about 1935-44, Showa period Lacquer and wood Funds from the Sam F. And Freda R. Davis Charitable Trust 2012.3 Born in Suwa, Nagano prefecture, Oguchi Shoji moved to Tokyo to study the carved lacquer (choshitsu) technique. For this screen, he applied multiple layers of colored lacquer in warm tones that perhaps suggested the coming of autumn, a season associated with deer. He adopted the international Art Deco style for a modern rendering of a stag and fawn as the screen’s primary image and used a stylized floral design for the reverse. The exceptionally large central panel was a great achievement since a lacquer rectangle of this thickness and size would normally warp.
Known Provenance
At least 2011-2012, Kaigedo Japanese Art, Seattle WA, acquired at auction in Japan; 2012, DAM collection, museum purchase.

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