Japanese Lacquer Tray Set with Blooming Flower Motifs Meiji-Taisho Period (1868-1926), made in 1880-1920.
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.
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 : 40x58x7 cms. Weight : 1.2 Kgs
Size : 43x61x8 cms. Weight : 1.3 Kgs