Plate with Floral Design

Autumn flowers are painted in colored lacquer on plates of gold leaf. The quiet, natural plant motifs stand out against the glittering square of gold.
Shibata Zeshin
c. 1879-1890
Chinese bellflowers and pampas grass are two of the “seven grasses of autumn,” a favorite motif in Japanese decorative arts for centuries. This set of lacquer plates showcases a different autumn flower on each.
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
Wednesday, December 1, 2021