Aug 2018
Series II



R · SANDERSON London presents its second collaboration with Zohiko, master of Kyoto-style lacquerware since 1661. Each Gem is handmade to perfection by the skilled artisans inside the Zohiko workshop in Kyoto, fusing century-old techniques with contemporary design aesthetics to achieve a unique translucent glaze, exclusively for R. Sanderson.

ZOHIKO is a master of Kyoto-style lacquerware founded by Hikobei III in 1661. Hikobei III was a craftsman developed exceptional and unrivalled lacquering techniques and was granted the title “Master of Maki-e” by the Emperor of Japan. Today, still firmly independent and owned by the 9th generation, Zohiko's lacquerware is symbolic of the world's finest Maki-e creations.

Lacquerware is a craftwork unique to the East. Japanese lacquerware has gained worldwide reputation that over the years is synonymous with Japan.
For Kyoto-style lacquerware, only the finest materials are selected, characterised by refined and elegant designs as well as the strength and robust nature of the artworks.
The beauty of its surface and sharp corners and its delicate finish are the key characteristics of Kyoto-style lacquerware.

Maki-e is the technique of creating picture patterns by sprinkling gold / silver powder on patterns that have been drawn by hand on glazed lacquer. Maki-e styles is prolific and incorporate numerous techniques with the use of materials and processes which have been handed down over generations. The techniques of Maki-e originate and were refined in Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan. Spectacular art pieces have been created in this area from the Heian Era for the Imperial Court, temples and shrines.