Japanese Lacquer Cabinet with Mythical Forest and Floral Motifs

SKU: RB-11, 3/19
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Japanese lacquer cabinet from Circa 1940-1960’s, designed with the Urushi (black lacquer) and Maki-e (gold lacquer) floral and traditional Japanese motif decorations.

Maki-e is a distinctive Japanese lacquerware technique developed around 1200 years ago. Maki-e (literally: sprinkled picture) is Japanese lacquer sprinkled with gold or silver powder onto a thick layer of lacquer as a decoration, a complicated and highly refined and time-consuming application. This cabinet also uses a Raden technique which is a decorative technique that uses the iridescent parts of seashells like abalone, turban shells, and pearl oysters, which are shaved very thinly. Ra means a spiral shell and den means to decorate. The technique was conveyed to Japan from China about 1300 years ago, and marvelous examples can be seen at the Shoso-in Treasure House in Nara.

This Japanese Lacquer collection is a result of the von Buren trips to Japan and its various antique fairs, where this entire lot was collected, that ranges from 70 to over 250 years.

Size : 39.5(W) x 106(L) x 110(H) cms

weight : 37 kgs.