This Japanese vintage lacquerware real wood jubako or set of stacking boxes was made about 80 years ago at the beginning of the Showa period of 1926-1989. It is beautifully done on hand-carved wood, painted and lacquered, most likely with urushi lacquer, made from the sap of a tree.
It is small and designed in a nice cylindrical form. On lovely black lacquer gold simple brush designs are created in gold makie. A nice finial adorns the top and the lid is a nice, unusual shape. This size jubako would probably still be used for serving sweets at a tea ceremony. This size is also great as a trinket box and I like using them for storing jewelry on my dresser or netsuke, serving as both a usual and decorative piece and a great collector's item. These type pieces were often made by three artists, a wood carver, lacquerware or Shikki 漆器 specialist, and the painter or decorator, especially during the older days. We do not know much about this one as the seller from Japan did not.
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 small jubako.
SIZE: Height 4.7 inches or 11.93 cm, Diameter 4.2 inches or 10.6 cm. Weight 270 grams or .59 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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Japanese Vintage Lacquerware Shikki 漆器 Wood Jubako Boxes
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