12942 West Dixie Hwy North Miami, FL 33161 United States 305.400.0561
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$ 3,800

Set of Two Antique Japanese Lacquer Trays Edo Period

Origin Japan
Period 19th Century
Materials Lacquered wood with gold, silver and shell inlays
W. 10.75 in; H. 1.2 in; D. 7.2 in;
W. 27.31 cm; H. 3.05 cm; D. 18.29 cm;
Condition Fair. Exposure fading more so on the larger tray. Crackles on the corner evident on the bases as shown. Heavy wear and split on the Tomobako. Provenance available.
Creation Date 1850-60s
Description A set of two Japanese lacquer trays in gradual fitting size, circa 1850s of late Edo period. The trays were meticulously decorated with butterflies flying among autumn grasses, using both Hiramaki-e and Togidashi maki-e techniques to create a realistic and rather dreamy effect. The wings of the butterflies were inlaid in gold powder (maki-e), small gold squares (Kirigane), as well as tiny pieces of bluish green abalone shells (Aogai inlay). Both gold and silver maki-e were used on autumn grasses (some were done in Togidashi for the visual effect) and many of them were painstakingly made to climb over the wall of the tray to the exterior walls. The background is a polished black lacquer (roiro-nuri) that serves as the perfect canvas. The larger tray is turning slightly brown due to the iron content in lacquer exposed to the element, consistent with age and use. The original storage box (tomobako) with ink inscription and paper label is present. The provenance is also present as the original certificate from the gallery in Japan where the pieces were purchased dated to 1962. It certifies and dates the piece to be at least from 1860 and earlier.
The measurement shown is the larger tray. The smaller one is of the same height fits into the large one.
Styles / Movements Asian, Bespoke, Traditional
Incollect Reference Number 325242
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