Condition: Excellent

Black Lacquer and Maki-e Presentation Box | Hand painted Porcelain Clam Shells | 20th Century | Showa Period

This beautiful presentation/gift box, (Kaioke), is beautifully lacquered in black, and elaborately decorated with maki-e ornamentation shell forms, each with views of garden scenes or landscapes. Contained within are five, (5), Imari/Arita-ware porcelain condiment saucers, indicating the box and saucers were a wedding or hostess gift. Exceptional condition for its age, (1920-1930). The porcelain saucers are stamped Shozan, and from the Yamao Shozando Temple where they specialize in Arita ware. Dimensions:   Box- 6-0”sq. x 2- ½”h; Tray- 8-0”sq x 7-8”h; Porcelain Saucers- 2-6/8”d x 3-5/8”w

Historical Information —

Maki-e, (sprinkled picture); is Japanese lacquer sprinkled with gold or silver powder as a decoration, using a makizutsu, or kebo brush. To create different colours and textures, maki-e artists use a variety of metal powders including gold, silver, copper, brass, lead, aluminum, platinum, and pewter, as well as their alloys. Bamboo tubes and soft brushes of various sizes are used for laying down powders and drawing fine lines.

The technique was developed mainly in the Heian Period, (794–1185), and blossomed in the Edo Period, (1603–1868). Maki-e objects were initially designed as household items for court nobles; they soon gained more popularity and were adopted by royal families and military leaders as a symbol of power.

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