Urushi Lacquer Tokkuri

Japanese Vintage Large Urushi Red Lacquer Sake Pouring Vessel | Lacquered Tokkuri

$60.00 Regular price $150.00

Age:1940s

Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 4-0”h x 4-5/8”w x 11-3/8”L

Offered is a large, deep red lacquer, rectangular, Urushi spouted sake vessel. The box has a separate and beautifully fashioned lid with small pull-knob. The shallow lacquered depression with hole facilitates pouring. Each corner of the box shows beautiful doweling and joinery work. The interior and lid are fully lacquered in black. 

In Japan, the most basic etiquette rule of serving sake is known as o-shaku. The main tenant of o-shaku is that it is considered most polite to pour sake for others but never directly for yourself. This little ritual of pouring for others creates an atmosphere of social interaction and bonding. Large sake boxes are used by the host, and are not meant to be used by the individual for they are a symbol of prosperity. In using this specific vessel, the server is supposed to pour from a corner to each guest. In the past, the wooden serving box was said to complement the traditionally brewed sake, as it is brewed in a wooden cask. Serving pieces of this type are meant to impress guests and said to enhance the flavor, and tastes more delicious depending on the specific wood employed, (i.e. cedar tokkuri complimenting cedar cask sake).

Vintage Condition: Very Good condition for its age with slight surface wear, and the lid is slightly warped but fits nicely, which is typically seen on most surfaces on older serving pieces. Beautifully aged patina and depth of finish and retains the original craft/workmanship. Any discoloration, chipping/cracking, surface wear or structural damage is noted.