A cloisonné enamel tray of rounded rectangular form decorated in Rimpa style with a flowering prunus-stem growing from a gnarled tree-stump, a partially cloud-obscured moon in the background on a pale grey ground. The flowers are worked in musen and yusen techniques in varying tones of grey and white. Applied with a shakudo rim. The reverse scattered with numerous gilt wire flowers in tones of brown on a dark plum-coloured ground. Inscribed with the seal 'Korin'. Almost certainly Sosuke was working from a sketch attributed to or a print after the great Rimpa artist Ogata Korin (1658-1716). The technique of dripping wet paint on to wet paint (tarashikomi), typical of the Rimpa artists, is here brilliantly imitated in musen.


  • Title: Tray
  • Date Created: circa 1900
  • Location Created: Japan, Tokyo
  • Type: ARTIFACT
  • Medium: cloisonné, musen and yusen enamel, applied with a shakudo rim

Get the app

Explore museums and play with Art Transfer, Pocket Galleries, Art Selfie, and more


Google apps