Condition: Excellent

Antique Japanese Negoro Lacquer and Brass Mounted Altar/Display Table | Meiji (1875 – 1900)

This is an exceptional example of a vermillion, satin finished lacquered display stand. The quality of construction and detail in 19th century artifacts is superior to their 20th century counterparts, which makes them far more elegant.

The lozenge style top is affixed to a finely carved apron, with pierced openings in the form of clouds. Carved brass fittings have been used to ornament the apron and feet. The top is supported by elegantly scrolled and bracketed, stylized cabriole form legs, (shape of a long slow “S”shape, the outward curve of the knee is simply carved). The legs end in engraved brass, stylized feet inspired by the Samuari “Abumi”, (stirrups). Condition: Excellent, consistent with age and apparently minimal use. Beautiful Original Patina. Dimensions:      10-1/4”w x 8-0”d x 7-1/2”h

Additional Information —

1868, Japan abandoned its feudal system and opened up to Western modernism, where artistic inspiration came from all over Europe, and particularly from England and France, and brought to Japan through the Dutch East India Company, hence the stylization of the English/French cabriole legs on important furniture pieces. Shapes and motifs evolved towards more symbolic representations, but essentially remain to this day on many Japanese traditional objects, interiors and architecture. In all temples and most Japanese homes, a Buddhist altar and shrine, which are believed to protect the house and family respectively, stand side by side. Japanese interiors were made still more beautiful and interesting with the display of bronzes, porcelain figures & bowls, and lacquerwork of the best kind, all supported with the use of display tables and stands.

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