Japanese Nashiji Lacquer Tray with Flower Motifs

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Exceptional Japanese Nashiji Lacquer Tray with Flower Motifs from the Edo Period (1603 – 1868), made in circa 1750-1800. This large tray was also known as a wedding tray, used to bear gifts during marriage ceremonies and special occassions.

Trays with lacquered surfaces are not only useful for food serving, but excellent for use as display trays, especially the contrasting gold and gold work with Nashiji Lacquer. The smooth and glossy lacquer finish often enhances the quality of the item been presented.

Nashiji is frequently employed for the background of a pattern. Gold or silver flakes called nashiji-ko are sprinkled onto the surface of the object (excluding the design), on which lacquer has been applied. Nashiji lacquer is then applied and burnished with charcoal, so that the gold or silver can be seen through the lacquer. The name nashiji is thought to have originated in the resemblance that the lacquer bears to the skin of a Japanese pear, nashi. The difference between maki-e and nashiji is that in the latter the entire surface is sprinkled with powdered gold, whereas in maki-e the powder is only applied to the decoration.

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 : 58.2x58.2x9.2 cms.
Weight : 3.2 kgs.