Hiranatsume (wide tea caddy), the turned-wood body decorated in shell mosaic superimposed with a fine gold hirame design of eight radiating bands extending from the center of the lid and down the sides, the interior and internal shoulders finished in silver lacquer with stylized waves in gold hiramaki-e, the rims gold lacquer, the base silver lacquer
Signed in gold hiramaki-e on the base Toshi 俊
Comes with the original fitted kiri wood tomobako box inscribed Yōgai kinjimon chaki 耀貝金地文 茶器 (Tea utensil with shell and decoration in gold) and signed Toshi 俊 with seal Toshi 俊
Exhibited Takashimaya Department Store Kyoto, solo exhibition, 1984
A prominent and now a senior figure in the world of Kyoto lacquer, Hattori Shunshō (his current art name) specializes in bold shell inlay, a medium pioneered by Kuroda Tatsuaki (1904–1982), combined with decoration in the maki-e (“sprinkled picture”) technique. Born in 1943, since 1963 Hattori has exhibited frequently at the Nitten national exhibition, winning many prizes. In 1975 he was selected by the Bunkachō (Agency for Cultural Affairs) to undertake a tour of Europe and the United States, studying etching in Sweden, working in Paris with the British artist S.W.Hayter, and attending workshops in New York. In 1995 he was granted an audience by His Holiness Pope John Paul II, to whom he presented a lacquered lectern. He has exhibited in the Netherlands, New York, and South Korea, and in 2005 was commissioned to create furniture for the Imperial Guest House in Kyoto.