Golden Age Japanese Cloisonne, Satsuma and Studio Porcelain
Spectacular Japanese Lacquer Tray - Shirayama Shosai

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Lacquer: Pre 1910: item # 1130336

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Spectacular Japanese Lacquer Tray - Shirayama Shosai
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This is a spectacular Japanese lacquer tray from the Meiji period. We believe it to be the work of Shirayama Shosai (1853-1923), one of the greatest of all Japanese Lacquer Artists. It measures 13 1/4 inches by 9 inches. The workmanship on the butterflies or moths is as exquisite of any detail you would see on the finest Satsuma pieces. The gold and silver butterflies of different sizes appear to fly into the outer curved edges of the tray. Then if you look close the entire edge is covered in inlaid mother-of-pearl, shaped into tiny butterflies. It sits on four lacquer feet, with the underside decorated in hundreds of gold speckles. There is a slight warp to the tray so it rocks a bit when placed on a table. There is also a small amount wear, but overall this stunning piece, is in excellent condition.

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