Japanese Negoro Lacquerware Display Stand

Japanese Negoro Lacquer Stand | Brass Mounted Art Furniture

Age:1875-1900 (Meiji period)

Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 10-1/4”w x 8-0”d x 7-1/2”h

This is an exceptional example of an antique vermillion, 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).

Vintage Condition: Excellent with beautiful modeling and definition throughout the piece. The piece has a beautiful original patina and depth to the finish. As is”, and retains the original craft/workmanship. Any discoloration, chipping/cracking, surface wear, or structural damage is noted.      

NOTE: In 1868, Japan abandoned its feudal system and opened up to Western modernism where the artistic inspiration came from all over Europe and particularly England, (hence the use of cabriole legs on important objects). 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 by bronzes, porcelain figures, and lacquer work of the best kind and supportive of formal displays.