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A Japanese Hammered Silver Basket Tray

Documentation Signed
Documentation Notes branded
Period 1900-1919
Materials silver and rattan
H. 5 in; Diam. 8.25 in;
H. 12.7 cm; Diam. 20.96 cm;
Condition Good. minor wear only
Creation Date 1910-20s
Description A Japanese sterling silver tray in a shallow basket Morikago form, circa 1910-20s, late Meiji to early Taisho era. Morikago basket is a shadow open basket reserved for displaying fruits, sometimes flowers during Sencha ceremony. This piece was inspired by that exact form, only made in hammered silver. The bundled rattan handle however, remains true to the bamboo counterpart, creating a very interesting identity. The tightly hammered exterior contrasts the smooth interior surface. This interesting rendition, made likely for the export market as a displaying center piece, perfectly shows the creative energy in the late Meiji era when the west demand was met with an eager yet still rooted in the Japanese tradition.
It is marked "pure silver" underneath with the maker's seal in Kanji "GuMeiTang" "Hall of Beautiful Valley". A silversmith studio known for its silver tea ceremonial ware.
Styles / Movements Art Deco, Asian, Modern
Incollect Reference Number 296001
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