6719 A furosaki screen with gilt uzura (quails), hagi (bush clover) and kibi (millet) on a roiro (black lacquer) ground.
Japan 20th century Shōwa period
Dimensions: H. 18” x W. 66¾” (45.5cm x 169.5cm)
Tomobako (original box) inscribed: Uzura no furosaki (furosaki with quails)
Printed on an accompanying slip:
Shikanji Shoichi (Inami Urushi Kōgeika)
Kitamura Shirane nado to tomo ni Nitten de Katsuyaku.
Shiga-ken Yanmā Kaikan (chōkoku to shitsunai sōshoku de yūmei na tatemono Showa 33 nen kansei) no seisaku ni Takenaka Soyokazera to tomo ni sanka suru.
(Shikanji Shoichi, a lacquer artisan from Inami, and Kitamura Shirane were active participants of Nitten (Japan Fine Arts Exhibition). Together with Takenaka Soyokaze, he took part in decorating Yanmā Assembly Hall in Shiga Prefecture, a building famous for its indoor decorations completed Showa 33, 1959)
Shikanji Shoichi (1911–1990). Gō (art name): Zuisho. In 1926 he began to study lacquer techniques under Yamamoto Tatsuzo. From 1950 he exhibited at Nitten (Japan Fine Arts Exhibition), and in 1962 his work took the Grand Prize at the Toyama Prefectural Art Exhibition. In 1983 and 1987 Zuisho was decorated by the government for his important contributions to the arts.