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WOODCRAFT

The Ginkgo design is seen in woodcraft in the past and present. The Ginkgo wood itself is used for works of art.
More photos on my Wood-page.

kogo
lacquer kogo, Meiji period, c. 1850
incense box used with tea ceremony
Beuys
Joseph Beuys, 1949
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buddha Kaifeng
Buddha, Kaifeng (China),
carved from a single Ginkgo trunk decorated with gold,
over 7 m high, 18th century
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MORE GINKGO ART & DESIGN IN THE 20TH CENTURY
 

After the Second World War a revival of the use of the Ginkgo motif by artists took place caused by the Hiroshima Ginkgo and its symbolic meaning. The Ginkgo motif also appeared more or less artful in advertisements. 

Munakata

'Fujisawa,  Hitori-icho' ( a large Ginkgo tree at Fujisawa)  by Shiko Munakata, Japan
 
 

The famous porcelain factory of Meissen in Germany uses the Ginkgo design on  tea, coffee- and dinner sets and so on.
The Ginkgo design is used in Thuringen (Germany), especially in Weimar, on gold- and silverware, on cloth, glass, porcelain, ceramics, paintings, in magazines, books and so on. Now you can find many souvenir shops in Weimar that sell all kinds of objects with the Ginkgo motif often combined with the poem by Goethe. Mostly there, in Nancy, Paris and Prague and on the internet ornaments and replicas with the Ginkgo design can be seen and bought.
In Japan the Ginkgo motif is used on kimonos, ceramics, cloths, lacquerware, tea- and dinner sets, wood carvings, pendants, brooches, stamps, in haikus etc.
Poetry: The Poet Laureate of the United States Howard Nemerov wrote  'The Consent' and Eve Merriam 'Simile: Willow and Ginkgo'. Felix Pollak wrote 'Ginkgo' in 1973. In Spain Elena Martín Vivaldi wrote the poem  'Ginkgo biloba, Árbol milenario'.
 


Tau-2, Atsuko Kato

'Täu - 2'  (dew - 2)  by  Atsuko Kato,  Germany, 1990
 

Today (folk)artists in several countries use the Ginkgo as a motif for their work, also in photography, film and music. They are inspired by the tree, the shape of its leaves (for instance Ginkgo Pictures by Gilbert & George), its history, Goethe's poem and its symbolic meaning. 
 
 

artwork by Nout Visser (photo Cor Kwant)

'Ode to the Ginkgo',  two columns with a circle of  13 Ginkgo trees  by  Nout Visser, the Netherlands,  1991
 

In the 21st century the internet has become a new source of information and inspiration for a large public, for instance my website!
 

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Schwitters
Kurt Schwitters 
Ginkgo collage, 1926
 
 

Meissen (photo Cor Kwant)
Meissen porcelain
 
 

Ginkgo music
Ginkgo Garden - music
by Eddy Mueller
 
 

New York subway (photo Coen Pasalbessy)
mosaic in New York subway 
Central Park / 5th Avenue
 
 

Shiro Kasamatsu
Ichou tree at red gate Akamon,
Shiro Kasamatsu, Japan, 1965
 
 

Ben Wagin
Ben Wagin
Ginkgo artist in Berlin
 
 

brooch (photo Cor Kwant)
brooch

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PICTURE GALLERY

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Picture
Gallery

LuoShenFu
GuKaiZhi
China, 345-400 AD

LuoShenFu
GuKaiZhi
with details 
China, 345-400 AD

 relief-murals
'The Seven Worthies of the 
Bamboo Grove and Rong Qiqi'
4th-5th century AD, China

woodblock prints by
Toyokuni I
Japan, Edo period

two doves in Ginkgo tree
Ohara Koson
Japan, 1910

long- tailed tit in Ginkgo tree 
Ohara Koson
Japan

owl on Ginkgo branch
Ohara Koson
Japan

rain scene with small birds
on Ginkgo branch
Gesso
Japan, c.1910-1920

crow and Ginkgo leaves
Watanabe Seitei
Japan, 1916

Icho in autumn
Hiroshi Yoshida
Japan, 1933

Chinese painting
'Ginkgo leaves and butterflies'

leaf print
China

squirrels on Ginkgo branch

Lady of the Ginkgos
Stephanie Pui-Mun Law
USA, c.2000

Remembrance
Todd Marsee
USA, 2001

 Old Ningbo cabinet with
paintings of Ginkgo trees
China

woodblock print by Shiro Kasamatsu
Japan, 1953
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Kosode with Ginkgo leaves
Japan, Edo period
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SAGA-NINGYÔ Japanese dolls
with Ginkgo pattern robe
Japan, Edo period
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 bowl with lid
China, Kangxi period
1662-1722

silver cup and saucer
 P. Krider & Co., 1860
PA - USA

pin: enamel and gemstones
Art Nouveau 19th century

silver necklace Art Nouveau
orig. c.1900

Nabeshima dish
Japan, Edo period

Art nouveau bottle vase
by M. Hansen
Copenhagen 1897

Art nouveau platter
by Berghof / Geyer
Germany 1908 - 10
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Several designs by
G.W. Dijsselhof
1893-1897
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vase by Daum and Gruber: 
Twilight Incantation
France, 1895

ivory netsuke
Japan, 19th century

hinge Art Nouveau 
Theo Nieuwenhuis
the Netherlands, c. 1900
Art nouveau stamp
Art nouveau stamp
France c.1905

Jugendstil mokkacup
Germany 1901 - 02

Art Nouveau candelabra
by Brandt
France, c.1912
Faberge
cigarette case
Fabergé
Russia, c. 1900
Faberge Tiffany
Tiffany glass bowl
in Fabergé silver-gilt mount
Russia, 1896-1908
Faberge pendant
pendant Art Nouveau
by Fabergé
Russia, 1899-1908

Jugendstil house
Werder-Havel
Germany, 1907

2 lamps by Brandt with
shades by Daum 
+ Brandt firescreen
France, c.1920-1925
Nancy
special page :
Art Nouveau 
l'Ecole de Nancy, France
Prague
special page :
Art Nouveau
Prague, Czech Rep.
buckles
4 buckles
Jugendstil-Art nouveau
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former convent St. Joseph
Zaandam
the Netherlands, 1907
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Art Nouveau plate belt
by Brandt
France, c.1909

Art Nouveau banisters
Louis Majorelle
France, 1903

facade Escoles Prat de la Riba 
Modernism
Reus, Spain, 1911

Art Nouveau Ginkgo designs
Else Strauss
Strasbourg, France, 1903-05
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postcard: mural by
Sarah Spurgeon
Ginkgo Petrified Forest Museum, Washington, USA, c.1960

Meissen plate
Germany, 1984

Ginkgo leaf square
Karin Daan
Tokyo, Japan,  1993

Gates with Ginkgo leaf design 
Amsterdam, 2001
Adelaide, 2011

fukiyose teabowl
Japan

Ginkgo mobile
Harry McDaniel, USA, 2001

iron bench
Joseph Miller
Asheville, NC - USA
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meditation garden
Floriade, the Netherlands
2002

cor-ten steel artwork
the netherlands, 2003
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Fashion designers and Ginkgo
.Gilbert & George Ginkgo Ginkgo
Gilbert & George
Ginkgo Pictures
London 2005

Ginkgo wood carving 
Will Schropp
the Netherlands, 2006
dressboy by Juan Hildebrand
dressboy,  industrial design
 by Juan Hildebrand 
Argentina 2006

X-rayography 
by Albert C. Koetsier
Lake Elsinore, CA - USA
2006
fashion design by Giorgio Armani
fashion design
by Giorgio Armani
Italy 2006

fashion design
by Diane von Furstenberg
New York City
2006-2007

fashion design
by Christian Dior
Paris 2007
.Wagashi art: Ginkgo bonsai
Wagashi art: Ginkgo bonsai
Japan 2007

Ginko Carbon Table 
by Ross Lovegrove
London 2007
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Ginkgo chairs, table, bench 
by Claude Lalanne
France c.2007
.Ginkgo Messenger
Ginkgo Messenger 
by Mei-Kuei Feu
 Canada 2008-2010?

Ginkgo sculptures 
by Rudi Jass
Melbourne, Australia 2010
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Architecture: Ginkgo project
by Casanova + Hernandez
Beekbergen, the Netherlands
2012
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Ginkgo sculpture
by Gerri Grijsen
Winterswijk, the Netherlands
2012
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Feel Good Garden
Floriade, the Netherlands
2012
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Stamps

Japan 

Japan
Aichi-ken Prefecture 2010
 
 

Japan 
stamp with Ginkgo leaves, Japan (photo Kato)

China
Ginkgo stamp China
Ginkgo a living fossil - 2006
China
Ginkgo stamp China
Ginkgo bonsai - 1981
Republic of Korea - South Korea
South Korea stamp ginkgo
2009 - Yongmunsa Temple, Yangpyeong
Old & historic Trees of Korea Series - Ginkgo tree 

South Korea stamp Ginkgo
2011 - Ginkgo tree at Yogwang-ri, Geumsan
Old & Historic Trees of Korea Series (3rd)

Japan
Tokyo, Meiji Jingu Gaien Park
2011 - Tokyo, Meiji Jingu Gaien Park
Travel Scenes Series No.14 Tokyo, Omotesando area
UN 2001
United Nations - New York
Hand planting Ginkgo
2001
DPR of Korea - North Korea
Korea
Singapore
Stamp Singapore Ginkgo
2006 - Art Series - Tan Swie Hian - Ginkgo (Male)
.Hungary
Hungary
Zsolnay Porcelain Factory 
2004
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Ginkgo stamp Transkei
Transkei 
Ginkgo fossil - 1990

More art & design on the first part of my Art-page.
 
 

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