This Japanese lacquer cabinet was made during the Meiji – Taisho period (1890 – 1920). It was painted using the Maki-e technique with intricate Sakura garden design.
The cabinet hinges are made with Shakudo fittings (copper and gold mix creating the black patination on metal). Lotus Arts de Vivre artists has embellished the top surfaces of the cabinet with Galuchat leather and decorated the cabinet with Sterling silver linings on the legs as a touch of luxury. The Maki-e technique is one of the supreme achievements of Japanese decorative art. It has many layers of Gold and Silver metal, which are used as flakes. In its layering it also uses different ashes for polishing, some of them costing enormous sums of money. Only one culture in Asia produced and used chairs, namely China from the 9th Century onwards. Japan like the rest of Asia lived on the floor. Originally this cabinet had the floor proportions and Lotus Arts de Vivre added the rather low legs, which allowed the use in both European and Asian cultures. The Cabinet had gold and copper hinges, which shows it was produced for a noble family. A unique art piece for collectors.
Maki-e is the Japanese art of creating paintings equivalent to the oil paintings of Europe. It is a distinctive Japanese lacquerware technique that is said to have developed around 1200 years ago and involves using a fine brush to paint a picture with lacquer on the surface, and then sprinkling gold powder on the surface before it dries, creating a design. The word maki means to sprinkle and e means picture. There are various styles including togidashi maki-e, hira maki-e, and taka maki-e. This technique is also known outside of Japan as about four hundred years ago, large amounts were exported to mainly Europe.
Size : W37 x L70 x H77 cm.
Weight : 10 kg.