This is a rare and superbly carved lacquer container, and one of the finest examples of Kamakura-bori carving techniques we have encountered. The chrysanthemum, (kiku), is in raised relief, (Takamakie), and the entire surface is superb, with many layers of lacquer creating a deeply textured surface. This container is called a Jikiro, a special bowl used for tea ceremony. There are three layers intricately carved, utilizing the black, dark, and light red lacquers to create an exceptional aesthetic on the exterior lid and sides. It is completed with a black base and interior, and all is layered over paulownia wood. Condition: Quality is usually defined by the amount and level of detailed carving, the number of layers of lacquer, and condition, which is in excellent and original. Dimensions: 6-1/2” dia x 3-1/4”h.
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Specific terms for Japanese decorative lacquer techniques:
Hiramakie (low relief): the design is contained in one lacquer layer that stands up very slightly above the polished but undecorated surface.
Takamakie (high relief): the design is made with multiple lacquer layers, creating a sculptural effect.
Todigdashi makie: the design is covered with lacquer layers and the surface is polished completely smooth
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