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All Items: Antiques: Furnishings: Furniture: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1920: item # 565946

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Antique Japanese Meiji Exhibition Art Nouveau Table
This rare and unusually massive (six feet in diameter), six legged, Japanese circular Mulberry wood, exhibition table from the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco is one of the finest and rarest demonstrative examples of Japan's master-artisanship in the Art Nouveau form that blossomed during a very limited short time during the Meiji period in Export furniture. Rare and special, this work of art is proudly signed by Houjiro Shinohara one of the pioneers of the Hamamono movement in Japanese Meiji carved wood furniture (see picture below of the signature ivory chop). Hamamono carved wood furniture, sometimes called sculptural furniture, unique to Meiji exports, characteristically used intricately carved natural iris motifs, a hallmark of this style, are rich, thick and deeply three dimensional as seen in this exhibition piece. This piece is the superlative expression of Japanese Art Nouveau, the most expressive, short lived and extremely rare period of the Meiji era for carved wood furniture. Its. Circa turn of the Century. Dimensions: h. 35" diameter 71.75". Legs feature original period casters.


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