Kamakura-bori Tray set made in Circa 1870-1890 with beautifully hand-carved Lacquer flower motifs. It is a technique in which designs are carved in wood and then coated with red or black lacquer. Originally, it was an imitation of a Chinese carved lacquer and had becomes a form of lacquerware from Kamakura, Japan. It is made by carving patterns in wood, then lacquering it with layers of color and then polished. Kamakura-Bori was typically produced for the ruling class of feudal Japan, and often depicts religious/political figures. Kamakura-Bori was for all people who owned a home: almost all home-owners had some form of Kamakura-Bori crafts.
Lacquer was first developed in China and later Japan. Most lacquer in Europe was called “Japan”, as was porcelain called “China” and is culturally as significant as Oil Paintings in the west. The material opened and offered to artists a wide scope to create beautiful motifs and artistic presentations on furniture, trays, vases, cups and any kind meant for visual pleasure such as scenes from nature, mythology, and literature. The processes to reach this artistic level expanded into using silver, gold, inlay shell and other materials. As it requires highly skilled craftsmanship to produce the artwork, young artists usually go through many years of training to develop the skills and to ultimately become Japanese Lacquer masters. These objects were initially designed as household items for court nobles; they soon gained more popularity and were adopted by royal families and military leaders as a symbol of power.
This Japanese Lacquer collection has emerged from the von Buren to Japan and its various antique fairs, where this entire lot was collected, that ranges from 70 to over 250 years.
Size : 49x75x7 cms. Weight 3.3 Kgs
Size : 49x75x7 cms. Weight 3.3 kgs