• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 11930

    AN INQUIRING MIND: AMERICAN COLLECTING OF JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART

    15 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 91

    A cloisonné enamel tray

    MEIJI PERIOD (LATE 19TH CENTURY), SEALED SAKIGAKE (WORKSHOP OF NAMIKAWA SOSUKE; 1847-1910)

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A cloisonné enamel tray
    Meiji period (late 19th century), sealed Sakigake (Workshop of Namikawa Sosuke; 1847-1910)
    The oval tray decorated in gold and silver wires and partly in wireless (musen) enamels, designed with a flying duck, clouds and a full moon, inlaid silver mark on base; shakudo rim
    12 ¼ in. (31.1 cm.) wide


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Contact the department

    Namikawa Sosuke pioneered a pictorial style of cloisonné enameling as early as 1881, when his panels for the Second National Industrial Exposition at Ueno Park, were exhibited in the Art section. Other cloisonné workshops were confined to the Industrial section. Sosuke became an Imperial Craftsman together with Namikawa Yasuyuki (1845-1927).

    The elegant oval form with perfect composition and the sumi-e (ink painting) like technique of this work show the highest quality of the enamel work in a pictorial style.