Wajima’ware lacquer box

Price:  1.800,00

Intricate rectangular Wajima’ware lacquer 輪島塗 tebako 手箱 (box for personal accessories) with a slightly domed well-fitted lid attributed to the ‘Azuka Lacquerware Workshop’ 慶塚漆器工房.

The lid is showcases an captivating arrangement of sensu 扇子 (folding fans), each uniquely decorated. Some fans are fully open, while others are partially unfurled, creating a dynamic composition. The fans feature flying cranes 鶴 (tsuru), chrysanthemums 菊 (kiku), plum blossoms 梅 (ume), pine tree 松 (matsu) and bamboo 竹 (take).
Delicate ornamental strings come from the sides of the fans and gracefully swirl across the surface, even cascading over the sides.

This design is executed in hiramaki-e 平蒔絵 (low-relief lacquer design) and takamaki-e 高蒔絵 (high-relief lacquer design) in different shades of gold – one string in red – on a glossy black lacquer substrate. The interior is finished with the same nice black lacquer.

Height 13.2 cm, Width 31.3 cm, Depth 24.3 cm.
Period: Japan – Shôwa period (1926-1989).

Including original signed & sealed wooden tomobako 供箱 (storage box) and Japanese leaflets about Wajima lacquer.
Tomobako signed at the bottom ‘Wajima Keizuka’ 輪島慶塚 accompanied by a name seal. This workshop was formed in 1919 and specializes in authentic traditional techniques of Wajima lacquerware and use nothing but Japan-made lacquer for the final coat.

The box is in a very good condition. Please look at the photos for a clear condition reference.

Wajima lacquerware, known as Wajima-nuri 輪島塗 in Japan, is a distinct form of traditional lacquerware crafted in the city of Wajima, Ishikawa prefecture. Renowned for its exceptional beauty and durability, Wajima lacquerware stands out due to its unique technique of layering multiple coats of urushi (lacquer) mixed with powdered diatomaceous earth, known as jinoko. This special undercoating, applied meticulously onto delicate zelkova wooden substrates, not only enhances the longevity of the lacquerware but also gives it a distinct luster and resilience. With its exquisite craftsmanship and use of locally sourced materials, Wajima lacquerware continues to be cherished as a treasured Japanese art form.

When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.

Ref. No. : B4572 bg24


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