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.
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection