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About "Signs of Good Fortune” and Susan Tosk

November 24, 2020

From November 12, 2019, The Nippon Club WEB Gallery has been holding an special exhibition called "Signs of Good Fortune”.  This exhibition features traditional masterpieces and stylishly designed works of fortune created from the Edo period to the early Showa era from the collection of Susan Tosk, who inherits the collection of her husband, the late organic chemist Eugene Tosk, who loves Japanese art and has collected a huge number of crafts.


Susan says, “I came to love Japanese art by collecting cloisonne enamel (shippo-yaki) around 1970.   I originally was collecting Chinese cloisonne, then my husband, Eugene, brought home a piece of Japanese cloisonne, and we were so impressed with the quality. Japanese cloisonne was finer, more artistic, with a beautiful polished finish. The designs were more delicate and used precious silver and gold wires, rather than heavy brass wires.  From that moment on we became passionate about Japanese art. We soon discovered all the creative varieties of shippo-yaki, from musen, yusen, moriage, shotai and creative combinations by different enamel artists. 


It was not long until we discovered urushi, beautiful lacquer objects; Satsuma ceramics; metalwork (iron and bronze, often inlaid with gold and silver); and carvings from wood and ivory.  And of course, embroidered textiles, in particular fukusa...many of which are in this exhibition.”


Please take a look at Susan Tosk's invaluable collection. The exhibition is open until December 30.

>> Traditional Japanese Art for a Bright Future "Signs of Good Fortune" from the collection of Susan Tosk