Circular lacquer dish by Igarashi Kan’ichi
Japan, Showa period, dated November 1988
A circular lacquer dish, decorated with a round band of a swirling design in gold and blue lacquer, depicting a pattern of waves. The background of the dish is lacquered matte black, with bright vermillion on the upturned rim. The back of the dish is lacquered in glossy black. The dish retains its original wooden tomobako, the top of which is inscribed Ryumon bon (tray with a design of swirls). The reverse of the tomobako is inscribed Showa rokujusan-nen juichi-gatsu, Igarashi Kan’ichi saku (made by Igarashi Kan’ichi, in November of Showa 63 (1988). On the reverse, a paper label is pasted to the dish, which is inscribed: Ryumon-bon, Igarashi Kan’ichi (a tray with swirl design, made by Igarashi Kan’ichi).
This beautiful dish was made by the same artist who made the box with a design of stripes (no. 52), ten years later, in 1998. After graduating from Tokyo University of Fine Arts, Igarashi Kan’ichi (1923 – 2003) studied under Rokkaku Shisui (1867-1950), who was a pioneer in Japanese lacquer craft. Igarashi was active in the Kofukai Exhibition and the Japan Traditional Lacquerware Exhibition, and a friend of the Kofukai Group. The artist was a distinguished member of the Nihon Kogei Kai (Japan Arts Crafts Association). Examples of his work can be found at the Meiji Jingu Shrine Treasure Repository Museum in Shibuya.