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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1980 item #1352602 (stock #10916)
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Three part set with tray and covered bowl to serve food to guests at a (wedding) banquet. Or perhaps a gift to guests attending a wedding. Tray decorated on top in silver slightly raised takamakie with waves on a black ishime ground. The cover of the bowl decorated in gold and silver and reddish brown takamakie lacquer on a black ishime ground, with chidori (plovers) flying over waves. The bottom of the tray and the inside of bowl and cover in gold nashiji. This image refers to a poem written by Emperor Daigo in the 10th century: The plovers that live / on salty cliffs above the / shores of Sashide / cry ‘yachiyo’ wishing for / our lord’s eight-thousand-year reign. Which is the expression of the wish for a long and stable imperial rule. In the modern world, it can also be taken at a much simpler meaning, of the power of the little birds to navigate in stormy weather. Japan, Showa era, mid-20th century or a little later.
Original storage box inscribed with the contents, the name of the company that made it.

Tray 1-3/8 x 9 x 8-7/8 inches; Bowl diam 7-1/8 inches; Set H 4 ¼ inches

Very good condition

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1930 item #532680 (stock #10448)
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Excellent writing box, or suzuribako, in high gloss black lacquer, decorated with inlay of thin strips and thin pieces of mother-of-pearl. On the cover a heron is fishing on one leg between flowering iris and water lilies. On the inside of the cover more iris and a butterfly. The inside of the lower section decorated on the outside with carnation. On the inside flowering water lilies and iris. The water dropper in bronze with copper colored patina, in the shape of a carp. Rims of lower part and of cover mounted in silver. Bottom of lower segment signed (signature inlaid in mother-of-pearl and seal mother-of-pearl inlaid into red lacquer: Gazan saku; Gazan. Japan, Taisho period. Ink stick and two brushes (contemporary) included.
Comes with its original tomobako, signed and sealed on inside of cover: Kimura Gazan saku, red seal: Gazan. Inscribed on the outside in black ink: Gosuzuribako and moriwaka/tojaku (?) moyo raden (design inlaid in mother-of-pearl). 10 5/8 x 9 1/8 x 2 ¼ in. (27 x 23.1 x 5.1 cm)
Excellent condition.

Kimura Gazan was a Taisho period lacquer artist. No further information was found on the artist.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1980 item #493617 (stock #L 119)
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Decorated with a sprig of flowering chrysanthemum on the glossy red ground in shades of gold and silver lacquer (hiramakie, takamakie) and inlaid with tiny pieces of blue-green shell (aogai), the reverse decorated with two butterflies in gold lacquer. Unsigned. Comes with kiribako.
Length 8.4 in. (21 cm), width 1.3 in. (3.4 cm).
Perfect condition.

This piece is located in Europe.