Japanese Lacquer Tokkuri with Tokugawa Mon
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Lacquer: Pre 1900: item # 310312
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B & C Antiques
P. O. Box 291
Derby, CT 06418
The exterior of this unusual sake bottle (tokkuri) is decorated with the three-petal mon of the Tokugawa family executed in gold and silver makie lacquer and kana-gai metallic foils scattered on a fine nashiji (pearskin) sprinkled gold lacquer ground. Mid-19th century. The interior is covered in red lacquer. The composition of the mon decoration is varied, with some done in gold makie lacquer; others in gold and silver makie; and also some in gold and silver kana-gai foils. Kana-gai is a technique in which designs are cut from gold or silver foil and imbedded in the lacquer. The metallic foil is slightly thicker than the usual gold leaf and is used flush with the ground or slightly elevated.
The three-petal “aoi” (hollyhock) mon was the family crest of one of the greatest bloodlines in Japanese history – the Tokugawa, who ruled the land for two and a half centuries until Commodore Perry’s visit toppled the old feudal edifice.
Ex.collection: Denis Szeszler.
CONDITION is very good, however, there is foil loss on one petal in three of the mon designs.
DIMENSIONS: 8 ½” (21.6 cm) high, 4” (10.2 cm) diameter.