This Japanese vintage lacquerware real wood jubako or set of stacking boxes was made about 80 years ago on early Showa period of 1826-1989. They are beautifully done on hand carved wood most likely by three artists, a wood carver, lacquerware and Shikki 漆器 specialist and painted. There are made in a nice cylindrical form with On lovely black lacquer gold brush designs are hand painted in gold enamel makie. A nice gold painted finial adorn the top. It is a small jubako size and a great size I find work well for stacking jewelry boxes and space saving storage. It is in excellent condition there are two places on the inside rm of mm size of scrapes to the lacquer, on on the bottom of the lid and on on the rim of one of the boxes. We are happy to share several more pictures including those. A wonderful vintage Japanese black and gold jubako.
SIZE: Height 4.7 inches or 11.93 cm, Diameter 4.2 inches or 10.6 cm. Weight 270 grams or .59 of a lb prepacked
Japanese Lacquerware or Shikki 漆器
Iro-urushi 色漆, literally 'color lacquer', was created by adding pigments to clear lacquer. The limits of natural pigments allowed only five colors- red, black, yellow, green and brown. Up until the 19th century, when various innovations appeared, along with the later introduction of Western artificial pigments. Shibata Zeshin was a major innovator in this field, using not only color but also other substances mixed in with his lacquer to achieve a wide variety of effects, including the simulated appearance of precious metals, which were heavily restricted from artistic use at the time due to government concerns over excessive extravagance.
Urushi-hanga 漆絵版画, developed by Hakuo Iriyama, producing a printing plate from dry lacquer, was carved and finally used like a block print but instead of traditional printing, for colors with pigmented lacquer. Regional forms - as with most traditional arts, variations emerged over time as individual centers of production developed their own unique techniques and styles.
Maki-e 蒔絵, literally: sprinkled picture is Japanese lacquer sprinkled with gold or silver powder as a decoration using a makizutsu or a kebo brush. The technique was developed mainly in the Heian Period 794–1185 and blossomed in the Edo Period 1603–1868. Maki-e objects were initially designed as household items for court nobles; they soon gained more popularity and were adopted by royal families and military leaders as a symbol of power. To create different colours and textures, maki-e artists use a variety of metal powders including gold, silver, copper, brass, lead, aluminum, platinum, and pewter, as well as their alloys. Bamboo tubes and soft brushes of various sizes are used for laying powders and drawing fine lines.
As it requires highly skilled craftsmanship to produce a maki-e painting, young artists usually go through many years of training to develop the skills and to ultimately become maki-e masters.
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