Gourd Basket with Chrysanthemum Design

Gourd Basket with Chrysanthemum Design

1700s

attributed to Ogata Kōrin 尾形光琳

(Japanese, 1658-1716)

Gourd; lacquered and painted with gesso, color, and gold pigments

Overall: 16 x 30.2 cm (6 5/16 x 11 7/8 in.)

Edward L. Whittemore Fund 1963.101

Description

This very rare basket is made from a carved gourd and inscribed on the bottom with the signature of Ogata Korin (1658– 1716), a painter and lacquerer who founded the Rimpa school. Here, he applied the chrysanthemums with white gesso in relief. This basket is decorated with opaque green paint, and its inside is lined with gold.

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