This lovely Japanese lacquer tray is covered all over two thirds of the top with multiple flowers and leaves in gold makie lacquer on a nashiji (pear skin) ground. The bottom of the tray is a beautiful red-orange lacquer. It measures 14” diameter and the tray is 1” deep – with the tripod legs it is 4” high. There is, however, a problem. At some time, two of the legs of the tripod were broken off in parts. Only one of the three legs is still intact. We have all the parts that were broken off – kept in a plastic bag.
We believe that someone with the right skills might like to take the piece and do one of three things – either repair the two broken legs – or cut the them all to a single length so that the tray would still have tripod legs (just shorter) – or cut all three legs down and use the piece as a wall hanging or a tray with no legs. The tray is pretty enough for any of these alternatives to turn it into a fine example of Japanese lacquer work. We just do not happen to be skilled in this type of woodwork – not have the right tools. We date the tray to the late Meiji to early Showa period, circa 1900-1930s.