This is a spectacular Japanese lacquer tray from the Meiji period. It is one of the better examples of lacquer work you could ever hope to come across. It is as finely painted as a great satsuma piece. 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 ½ inches. The workmanship on the butterflies or moths is as exquisite of any detail you would see on the finest Satsuma pieces. There are various shades of gold and silver worked into the butterflies and moths. Different sizes appear to fly into the outer curved edges of the tray. The entire outer edge is covered with tiny inlaid mother-of-pearl in the shapes of wings. 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 a small amount wear, but overall this stunning piece, is in excellent condition.