|Japanese Lacquer plate from the Meiji Period 1868 – 1912, made in Circa 1890 magnificently depicting a Japanese Tiger. The tiger is one of the Japanese deities and symbolically means strength and courage as well as other representations in protection against evil spirits, disease, and bad luck. It is also believed that the Japanese tiger controls the wind (while the phoenix controls fire, the dragon controls water and the turtle with a snake tail controls the earth).
Plates like these were used to bear gifts for the nobles and the royal courts and were used in a wealthy aristocratic households of Japan. The smooth and glossy lacquer finish often enhances the quality of the item been presented. The plates where the center has been lacquered are more for decorative purposes, while plates with corner décor and black finished are used more for serving.
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 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: 47(W) x 47(L) x 5(H) cm. (approx.)
Weight: 1.5 kg. (approx.)