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The Art of Japanese Lacquer: Katsu Hamanaka's Rare Compositions

TEFAF Meet the Experts are interactive conversations around works of art presented at TEFAF. We hope these conversations encourage visitors to further engage with the incredible objects at the fair and learn from our vast network of knowledgeable experts. Decisively modern, Katsu Hamanaka’s lacquer work is integral to his notoriety. Initiated into this art by the great master Seizo Sugawara who also inspired Eileen Gray and Jean Dunand, Hamanaka distinguished himself by wisely implementing “the ancestral” art of lacquer in his striking abstract compositions. As opposed to Jean Dunand, his work is very rare, disappearing completely in the 1930’s. In the Meet the Experts, our expert, Yana Mihailuka, will discuss Katsu Hamanaka’s Tray made in 1930. This beautiful octagonal tray executed in black vegetal lacquer w. cubist mosaic of shagreen sheets treated with "samenuri" technique is wonderful example of Hamanaka’s lacquer work.

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Yana Mihailuka, Galerie Lefebvre

Yana began her career in contemporary art galleries in New York City, quickly moving onto a permanent role with Sotheby’s. In Paris, she earned her Master’s degree from the Sorbonne concentrating on 20th Century French Decorative Arts. As the director of Galerie Lefebvre, she spearheaded the gallery’s expansion in the United States. Her next project is writing a monograph on Katsu Hamanaka.

Moderated by Mark Rosen, TEFAF