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.
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