Beautiful pair of Japanese Lacquer Trays with Moon and Tree Motif from the Meiji Period (1868 – 1912), made in Circa 1890-1910. The trays have been decorated in Maki-e and Raden (shell inlay).
Trays like these were used to bear gifts for the nobles and the royal courts and were used in a wealthy aristocratic households of Japan. In some occasions they were also used as a formal clothing tray. Trays with lacquered surfaces are not only useful for food serving, but excellent for use as display trays, especially the contrasting black and gold. The smooth and glossy lacquer finish often enhances the quality of the item been presented. The trays where the center has been lacquered are more for decorative purposes, while trays with corner décor and black finished are used more for serving. Apart from being very practical, waterproof, heat resistant and easy to clean, it became the motor of visual arts in Asia.
Along with the gold sprinkling of the Mak-e technique, the raden technique has been employed, 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 : 40x58.5x8 cms. Weight 1.6 Kgs
Size : 42.5x60x7.5 cms. Weight : 1.8 Kgs