Japanese Lacquer Cabinet Adorned with Shell Inlaid Birds

SKU: 2020000290
US$6,863.31
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Beautiful Japanese Lacquer Shelf with Bird and Flower Motifs from the Meiji Period (1868 – 1912), made in Circa 1880-1900. The shelf has been decorated  in Maki-e and Raden (shell inlay) and the shelf is made from Roswewood.

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: 29(W) x 91.5(L) x106(H) cms.

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