Design of Plum Tree for Box

Ogata KōrinEdo period, late 17th - early 18th century

Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts

Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts
Osaka, Japan

The Ogata Korin Materials are a set of documents, sketches, and copybooks related to the artist Ogata Korin’s birth family and their Kariganeya textile shop. The materials include preparatory drawings and copy sketches by Korin and his preparatory sketches and plans for the decorative arts. These works are not only vital for the study of Korin, they are also important materials in the study of a wide array of fields, from the history of the decorative arts of lacquer and textiles to the history of calligraphy, the performing arts, and economics.
The flowing elegance of the brushwork on this preparatory sketch for a folding screen depicting cranes and pine trees has been lightly colored and exudes Korin’s particularly chic sensibilities. The sketch, seen at cat. no. 81, for a makie lacquer box with stylized plum blossom motif reveals his superb abilities as a designer.


  • Title: Design of Plum Tree for Box
  • Creator: Ogata Korin
  • Date Created: Edo period, late 17th - early 18th century
  • Location Created: Japan
  • Title(Japanese): 梅蒔絵箱図案
  • Physical Dimensions: w63.7 x h36.5 cm
  • Period(Japanese): 江戸 17世紀後半-18世紀初期
  • Donor(Japanese): 武藤金太氏寄贈
  • Credit Line(Japanese): 小西家伝来・尾形光琳関係資料
  • Classification of Important Cultural Properties of Japan: Important Cultural Property
  • Artist Name(Japanese): 尾形光琳
  • Type: Design
  • Rights: Materials on Korin from the Konishi Family, Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts
  • Medium: Ink on paper

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