Four Tiered Lacquered Kagawa Orb-Shaped Jubako Box | Tsukemono, (pickles); rice; meat/fish dish | Sageju | 1940
Shown is a perfectly symmetrical orb, Japanese, antique Jubako tiered box. It dates to the early Showa period, circa 1940’s. The finely crafted wooden container is painstakingly carved and coated as many as 30 times with urushi clear, red lacquer on the ribbed surface. The top tier acts as a cover to the box as well as a serving piece, and used with the bottom tier. The center tier is used for diverse protein items, and the top tier is used for tsukemono/pickles and has a separately carved lid with handle and is colored in bright vermilion lacquer. The bottom tier is a bowl, which typically would hold rice. The exterior is a deep wine color. This is a very fine piece. Condition: The piece is complete and is in beautiful condition considering it’s great age although there are cracks and losses to the lacquer. Note the deep exterior ribbing to give texture to the piece. Dimensions: 6-0”h x 5-0”dia.
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Japanese lacquer arts are some of the most beautiful in the world. The deep, shiny luster of black or dark red lacquerware, often gorgeously decorated with gold and silver lacquer or inlaid with mother-of-pearl, is a Japanese art form that has long fascinated the world. No other application style can match the deep hues and smoothness of Japanese lacquer finish, (urushi). Lacquerware stands as one of the most distinctive forms of Japanese beauty.
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