GRAND TRIO

 

GRAND TRIO > THE LEGENDARY ANIMALS

Here are four animals we selected for this series painted by Kogaku. Every piece is made with techniques of Taka Maki-e, Togidashi Maki-e with pure gold and platinum. Also blue shell Raden and Hirame Kinji (gold dust) are widely used.

F6, Taka (Falcon) is well known for falconry in Japanese history as the birds were beloved by all Daimyos for hunting. Standing on a bold tree with its sharp eyes made of Tamamushigai-shell Raden, (a two-striped green buprestid) the falcon and the tree are all Taka Maki-e with pure gold and platinum, and the ground is Hirame-kinji in gold.

F6

F7, Hohoh (Phoenix) riding on the cloud of fortune is an auspicious imaginary bird to the Japanese. It is the symbol of benevolence and when it appears it foretells the coming of happiness and prosperity for people. The phoenix is also known by the whole world as a legendary bird with various stories in different countries.

F7

F8, Shishi (Imaginary Lion) was regarded as the king of the beasts and the symbol of courage and magnificence. Its head is sacred and a ritual dance with a lion's mask is usually played at shrines for festivals. Taka and Togidashi Maki-e techniques are fully used with gold and platinum.

F8

F9, En-koh (Monkeys) En is a monkey and Koh is also a monkey. They are laughing at each other because "He is a Monkey, but I'm not. " The design shows two monkeys trying to get the moon from the water - very humorous.

F9

N6, No Evil Monkeys The theme was inspired by the well known Monkey Trio carving on the wall of Toshogu, a shrine built for famous shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu in Nikko during the 17th century. It is humorously designed with gestures of the monkeys representing "See no evil", "Say no evil", and "Hear no evil".

N6
Model
MSRP In U.S.
Limited
Artist
F6, Taka (Falcon)
$5,600.00
30
Kogaku
F7, Hohoh (Phoenix)
$5,600.00
30
Kogaku
F8, Shishi (Imaginary Lion)
$5,600.00
30
Kogaku
F9, En-koh (Monkeys)
$5,600.00
50
Kogaku
N6, No Evil Monkey
$7,000.00
30
Kogaku


GRAND TRIO > TOKAIDO 53 STAGES

Tokaido was "Highway 1" in Japan during the Edo period (1603-1867) between Edo (today's Tokyo)
and Kyoto. Extending 300 miles, the Japanese traveled on it by foot or on horse until today's modern transportation systems. The journey would normally take travelers at least two weeks on foot. There were at least 50 different places where they provided Yado (inns), Yasumi-Chaya (resting places for tea) or restaurants and good scenery. Ukiyoe became extremely popular among the Japanese by many famous artists, such as Hokusai, Hiroshige, Utamaro or Sharaku and their successors. These artists competed for fame with these stages. Many of those paintings are now Japanese national treasures and have become very important collectible arts in the world today.

F10, Nihonbashi (Nihon Bridge in Tokyo)
The Maki-e on the cap painted by the artist Shojo was originated by Hiroshige's Nihonbashi, which is today's rebuilt Nihonbashi near to the Imperial Place. Nihonbashi was the first station of the Tokaido Highway to Kyoto. The painting on the barrel is Tozuka, which is now located in the city of Yokohama, around 25 miles from Tokyo. It was considered the second station for travelers who left Nihonbashi early in the morning to stay for the first night.

F10

F11, Sohshu Umezawasa (View Of Mt. Fuji & Cranes From Sohshu Umezawasa)
This was from Hokusai's Original of Fugaku 36 Kei (36 sceneries) with Mt. Fuji in the morning and flying cranes on the cap and cranes playing on marshes on the barrel. The place was called Soshu Umezawasa.

F11

F23, Aka Fuji (Red Fuji & The Sea)
Another very famous painting from Hokusai recorded in the Fugaku 36 Kei as Sanka Haku-u (Showers under Fuji) on the cap and the twilight sea at Surugasayu on the barrel.

F23

F24, Odawara-no Kawa-go-e (River Crossing at Odawara)
The scenery of Odawara (around 50 miles south of Tokyo) on the cap and Kawagoe on the barrel. The Kawagoe shows interesting ways to cross rivers at that time by travelers using palanquins as their "human vehicles".

F24

Remarks: Today's Tokaido has become a freeway that runs parallel with the Bullet Trains. If you want to drive from Tokyo to Kyoto, you'll have to pay at least US$150.00 just for the toll for the 300-mile long freeway, or around 50 cents a mile plus $4.00-5.00/gallon of gas.

Model
MSRP In U.S.
Limited
Artist
F10, Nihonbashi
$6,800.00
30
Masanori
F11, Sohshu Umezawasa
$6,800.00
30
Masanori
F23, Aka Fuji
$6,800.00
30
Masanori
F24, Odawara-no Kawa-go-e
$6,800.00
30
Masanori

 
GRAND TRIO > NATURE (1)


N1, Kingyo (gold fish) is a mutation of a crucian carp. They believe that the red and black crucian carp from Yantsu River in China are today's Kingyo's progenitors. It was also said that the first Kingyo was brought in from China during the late Muromachi period (1337-1573), and the cap became popular in the late period of Edo in 1860's. Unlike Koi, Kingyo need a lot of delicate care to maintain good health. Because Kin-yo are so vulnerable, tropical fish have become more popular to keep as pets in recent years in Japan. Nevertheless, Kingyo is still one of the most popular pets in Asia.

N1


N5, Koi-no Takinobori (A theme of carps swimming against the fall)
A symbol of healthy strong boys in Japan. Koi can be regarded as a "national fish"symbolic of strength and health for all Japanese children. Koi is also a very expensive pet not only for the Japanese but also for the whole world. Good examples can easily cost more than ¥100,000.00 a piece. This Maki-e uses all kinds of difficult techniques in addition with pure gold and platinum. However, N11 of Koi is a more conventional Japanese design with Shishiai technique used by Yusai.

N5
N11
Model
MSRP In U.S.
Limited
Artist
N1, Kingyo (Gold Fish)
$3,200.00
30
Yusai
N5, Koi-no Takinobori
$8,000.00
30
Yusai
N11, Koi (Carps)
$3,400.00
30
Yusai

 
GRAND TRIO > NATURE (2)

N20
N21
N31
Model
MSRP In U.S.
Limited
Artist
N20, Sakura
$4,000.00
30
Yuji
N21, Pampas Grass & The Fox
$4,200.00
30
Yuji
N31, The Seven Autumn Flowers
$3,400.00
30
Sohou