Vintage Ikebana Container

Japanese Vintage Carved and Lacquered Ikebana Vase | Paulownia Wood with Maki-e


Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 11-1/2”h x 6-0” dia.

This exceptional Japanese Maki-e Ovoid Ikebana Vases comes from Kanazawa and is carved and painted on one side with an image of a bamboo tree, (one of the three friends of winter), accented with a pewter color lacquer, with bamboo leaves of pewter, dark brown and gold. In the middle of the motif is a wonderful bird in relief in flight, all in varying hues of gold Maki-e. The organic piece of hand-hewn wood has variations in the coloring allowing the lacquerwork to stand out beautifully, and allowing a flower arrangement to take precedence. The vase is made from one piece of Paulownia wood that retained the knots and variations of the natural wood. The top of the vase features the concentric rings of the tree with a 5-0” deep cutout lined in copper to accommodate a Kenzan, (Kenzan, also called spiny frog, is a device used for fixing the flowers in the container). This is an exceptional piece, supporting creative arrangements by the Ikebana artist.

Vintage Condition: Excellent, original condition with no splitting, cracking or loss of material. There are a few minor surface scratches that does not take away from the beauty of the piece. “As is”, and retains the original craft/workmanship. Any discoloration, surface wear, or structural damage is noted.

NOTE: The Way of Flowers” is a delicate, refined practice where nature becomes the foundation of sculptural art pieces known for their simplicity. The Japanese believe that the vessel is key to properly arranging branches, blossoms, and leaves, and the container will strengthen the designer ability to be more liberated to experiment, and be more creative and emotionally expressive with their designs.  

Maki-e is a lacquer technique where several coats of lacquer are applied to a surface to achieve a relief effect. Maki-e takes a great deal of artistic talent and one of two, (Taka Maki-e being the second more intricate), Japanese lacquer techniques requiring a great deal of artistic skill.