Japanese lacquer 'chawan' (lidded bowl) from the mid- to late Meiji period (1890-1912).
It is decorated in takamaki-e, hiramaki-e and nashiji techniques as well as mother-of-pearl on a black background, featuring butterflies and some sort of grass.
There is no mark.
Diameter 12 cm (5 inches), height 9.5 cm (4 inches); excellent condition.
Here is an exceptional, beautifully crafted lacquer Suzuri-bako (writing box) dating from the end of the Edo period (1615-1868). The box is decorated with inlaid and sprinkled gold and silver.
This box contains a suzuri (ink stone) a suiteki (water dropper) made of brass and a brush, which still has hair. Its lid is decorated with motifs of bamboo leaves, plum flowers and pine cones; together they form the“shochibukai”, a symbol of happiness...
Here is a magnificent Maki-e Lacquer tray dating from the end of the Edo period (1615-1868). It is decorated in sublime details, which show a great level of craftmanship, with Akikusa (fall grass) inlaid in gold, silver, mother of pearl and different tones of red lacquer.
The tray is in excellent condition, except for a minute dent in it (please see picture 10)...
A beautifully made suzuri-bako (writing box) dating from the Meiji period (1868-1912). It is made in exquisite details with gold and nacre inlaid, and sprinkled gold on black lacquer...
A beautifully made lacquer box dating from the Meiji period (1868-1912). It is made in exquisite details with gold and nacre inlaid, and sprinkled gold on black lacquer...
A set of a bowl, tray, and chopsticks all done in Japanese lacquer and makie. The makie or gold painted designs contain motifs of willows and sparrows. The motif in general evoke the feel of late spring.
Age: Meiji Period.
Size: Bowl: diameter: 6.5" height: 3.5"
Tray: length and width: 8" height: 0.75"
Chopsticks: length : 8.25" width : 0.5" height: 0.25"
A stylish and well crafted gourd flower container with black lacquer coated with the interior of the container. The vase comes with a tomobako with the inscription by the artist.
Age: Meiji Period.
Height: 9.25" diameter: 3.25"
approx. 33.5-35.2cm in diameter, 7cm in height (13.2-13.9in, 2.8in)
Large folk wooden plate with mature abstract texture of red and black lacquer, from Tohoku region as its provenance.
Fine natural distortion, and aesthetic well-used condition.
Japanese Black Lacquer Box. The cover with gold leaf figures of dignitaries and the interior with removable sectioned tray. Meiji Period - Circa 1880.
Japanese wood (zetan) and ivory lacquered Okimono of a woman dancer on her knee with her hands raised in a dance move.
The ivory parts are finely detailed and fine hand-carved , on a Tokyo School level. One piece of wood (zetan) and dancer's obi are magnificently decorated with maki-e and hiromaki-e golden silver lacquer works.
All parts are original and are covered with original age patina.
6" tall x 3 7/8" wide x 3 1/4" deep.
A small kobako decorated with polychrome lacquer of motif of cherry blossoms and a pair of pigeons perched on a branch. The interior of the box is done in brown lacquer. Pigeons for centuries were considered to be the messengers of the Hachiman deity. Tsurugaoka Hachimangu's framed calligraphy that adorns the gate of the shrine is thought to appear in the form of pigeons.
Length 7" width 4" height 1.5"
The production of a dry lacquer ink stone is an extremely laborious effort. Layer upon layer of lacquer is needed to create the structure and form of the ink stone and the concave area is carved out. This ink stone is done in a method where each layer is utilizing a different color of lacquer. When the ink stone is carved the layer of lacquer produces a wood ring like pattern. Controlling the formation and design of the pattern requires experience and skill...
This is a handsome late Meiji kogo made of Nuri-Guri lacquer. It measures 2 7/8" in diameter and is 3/4"thick. The top is relatively flat with only a very slight domed shape. We can count at least ten layers of alternating black and red lacquer on the piece. We date it to the mid Meiji period, circa 1880-1895. It is in excellent condition with no chips or cracks...
Early-Mid 20th century
approx. 11cm in height, 19.2cm in diameter (4.33in, 7.55in)
Well-used and well-grown wooden bowl coated in thick‐layer lacquer of long years, as the actual work tool of an urushi lacquer craftsman in Japan.
The Art of Red & Black as unconscious aesthetic, - "The Beauty of Use".
Fine used condition as it is.