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Katsu HAMANAKA (1895-1982)

Born in Japan, he studied painting and interior decorating before settling in Paris in 1924. After meeting his compatriot, Sugawara, the master laquerist of Jean Dunand, he in turn became one of the experts in lacquer.  He produced some decorative panels, screens, as well as furniture with classic lines in collaboration with designers such as Leleu, Dominique, Montagnac, Dufrene, Adnet and Ruhlmann.

He exhibited his very scarce and particularly refined work, at the Salon des Artistes Decorateurs (Salon of Design Artists) as well as at the Salon d’Automne (Autumn Salon) and at various artistic events.

He used different techniques: multi-colored lacquer, egg shell lacquer, mosaic of galuchat (shagreen) tinted with colored lacquer, etc.
In 1937, he exhibited a console table in black laquer, its top surface supported by the heads of two bulls. This represents his most famous work.

 

Cf. P. KJELLBERG, Art Déco, Les maîtres du mobilier, Le décor des paquebots, Ed. de l’Amateur, Paris, 2000, p. 122-123.