• 知る人ぞ知る,  IYKYK

    ONLINE EXHIBITION

    T H R O U G H    OCTOBER 21st

  • Press Release: Press Release:

     

    The phrase 知る人ぞ知る(shiruhitozoshiru) is similar to the saying  IYKYK, “if you know you know”, in Japanese. When used in the context of collecting art, it implies building up a vast library of knowledge that allows you to notice those works that are often overlooked or buried by popular trends and mainstream culture. The phrase reflects how we at Mitsui Fine Arts select pieces from our culture and introduce them to you.

     

  • This exhibition features a selection of 知る人ぞ知る (shiruhitozoshiru) works, dating from mid-1700’s to early 1900’s Japan. They are exquisite Sometsuke...

     This exhibition features  a selection of 知る人ぞ知る (shiruhitozoshiru) works, dating from mid-1700’s to early 1900’s Japan.

     

    They are exquisite Sometsuke plates by an unnamed artisan, each with a delightful carp with an attitude painted boldly on its surface (first image); humble bamboo letter baskets, made by a master with a life-long mastery over his craft (second image); a scroll painting capturing a precise moment of the moon floating in the sky (third image); or a set of red Gosu glazed tea cups made by a member of Rosanjin Kitaoji’s pottery studio – a man who devoted decades into mixing and making the perfect red glaze (top, shown in banner).

  • Japanese culture has never had a clear distinction between fine art, the highest level of craft, and design. Whether it...

    Japanese culture has never had a clear distinction between fine art, the highest level of craft, and design.

    Whether it be fine art, design, or the highest level of crafts, in our eyes, these denominations are essentially one and the same; each has the same latent potential to produce masterful works. They all have the power to move us.

  • Artworks in Exhibition:

    • artisan's name unknown, Woven Bamboo Basket

      artisan's name unknown

      Woven Bamboo Basket Wood
      11'' l x 8'' w x 2 3/4'' h
    • artisan's name unknown, Woven Bamboo Basket, early 1900s

      artisan's name unknown

      Woven Bamboo Basket, early 1900s bamboo
      11 1/2'' l x 9 1/2'' w x 3'' h
    • artisan's name unknown, Woven Bamboo Basket

      artisan's name unknown

      Woven Bamboo Basket Wood
      10 1/4'' l x 7 1/2'' w x 2 1/4'' h
    • artisan's name unknown, Lacquer Tray with legs, Late 1800s to Early 1900s

      artisan's name unknown

      Lacquer Tray with legs, Late 1800s to Early 1900s Lacquer on Wood
      11 1/2" dia. x 6 1/2" h
    • artisan's name unknown, Square Lacquer Tray with Legs, Early 1900's

      artisan's name unknown

      Square Lacquer Tray with Legs, Early 1900's Lacquer on Wood
      6" x 6" x 8"
    • artisan's name unknown, Outdoor Tea Basket, 1880-1910

      artisan's name unknown

      Outdoor Tea Basket, 1880-1910 Bamboo
      7 1/2" x 10 1/4" x 9 1/4"
    • Koetsu Yamakoshi, Akagosu Tea Cups (set of 5), circa 1910

      Koetsu Yamakoshi

      Akagosu Tea Cups (set of 5), circa 1910 3 1/2'' dia. x 2 1/2'' h
    • artisan's name unknown, Tōdaiji lacquer plate (set of 5), early 1900s

      artisan's name unknown

      Tōdaiji lacquer plate (set of 5), early 1900s lacquered wood
      5 1/4" X 1/2"
    • attributed, Kansetsu Hashimoto (1883-1945), carp, ca 1930 - 1940

      attributed, Kansetsu Hashimoto (1883-1945)

      carp, ca 1930 - 1940 Sumi Ink and Color on Paper
      12.5'' h x 13" w
    • Renzan Kishi (1805-1859), Bird on Branch, c. 1940

      Renzan Kishi (1805-1859)

      Bird on Branch, c. 1940 sumi ink and color on paper
      11 1/2” X 36 1/2” ; scroll, 69 1/2” X 11 1/2”
    • Nikka Tanaka, Daimonji - Mountain with Bonfire, ca.1820

      Nikka Tanaka

      Daimonji - Mountain with Bonfire, ca.1820 Sumi ink and color on paper
      silk mounting
      13 1/4 “ X 18 1/2” ; scroll, 45” X 19 1/4”
    • Negami Tomiji, Birds and plants, Circa 1940

      Negami Tomiji

      Birds and plants, Circa 1940 Sumi ink and color on silk
      52 1/4” x 16 1/2” ; scroll, 88” x 22”
    • Tsuruda Takuchi, Rabbit, circa 1810s

      Tsuruda Takuchi

      Rabbit, circa 1810s sumi ink and color on paper
      15-3/4’h x 21’W ; scroll, 49”h x 22”w
    • Bunrin Shiokawa, Moon, ca 1850

      Bunrin Shiokawa

      Moon, ca 1850 sumi ink and color on paper
      133cm x 56.5cm ; scroll, 196cm x 56.5cm
    • artisan's name unknown, Sometsuke Kumidashi (tea cups) (Set of 8), late 1800's - early 1900's

      artisan's name unknown

      Sometsuke Kumidashi (tea cups) (Set of 8), late 1800's - early 1900's Ceramic
      3 1/4'' dia. x 2'' h
    • artisan's name unknown, Ko-imari Surie Komon-gara plate set of 5 , mid. 18th century

      artisan's name unknown

      Ko-imari Surie Komon-gara plate set of 5 , mid. 18th century 5 1/4”dia. x 2” h
    • artisan's name unknown, Sometsuke Koi (carp) plates set of 7, late 1800s

      artisan's name unknown

      Sometsuke Koi (carp) plates set of 7, late 1800s 5''dia. x 1 1/4''
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