Negoro Lacquer Three Drawer Haribaco

Vintage Japanese Negoro Lacquer Three Drawer Haribaco | Japanese Accessory Box

Age:1926-1989 (Showa Period)

Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 9-1/2”h x 8-1/2”w x 8-1/2”d          

This beautiful lacquered Hariboko, in preserved vintage condition is finished in a decorative lacquer technique called negori-nuri, (lacquerwork-never carved), in vermillion/orange over Japanese Cypress. The lacquer is burnished and naturally removed with aging to expose the black undercoat in a random pattern. The ornamentation is confined to the front of the three drawers, (bottom larger than the top two drawers, and used to hold cosmetic and fashion accessories, or anything small used by women of the period). The hand forged drawer pulls are polished Zinc.

Vintage Condition: Excellent, clean and commensurate with age. Drawers operate as intended. “As is” with no flaws or cracking, (particularly on the corners), from the affects of aging, and retains the original craft/workmanship.

NOTE: Records show that this style of lacquerware was first used in making the utensils used daily by the monks of Kishu’s Negoro-ji Temple. The cypress wood is cut and shaped into the desired form then, fine-quality all-natural lacquer is layered on and polished down in organic patterns, one layer at a time. Negoro lacquer specialists use vermillion lacquer on top of a black base, which causes random black striations to appear amidst the vermillion, and further naturally enhanced over the years creating interesting and unique works of art.