This Chinese Vintage Lacquered case or box of an arabesque dragon design most likely dates to the mid 20th century or a little later. It is a vintage piece purchased from a seller in Japan and made with the lovely popular lacquerware, lacquer on hand carved wood or more possibly a resin in this case. We are not sure which type, but Brent checked it for composition wood vs. other materials. It is one of the most beautiful carved lacquerware small boxes we have had. A five-toed dragon and flowers are carved with great detail. The inside is black and smooth. It has no cracks, it may have a few spots of end chips in the arabesque design, but I am not sure it just may be how it is made.
SIZE: Diameter 3 inches or 7.62 cm, Height 2 1/2 inches or 6.35 cm
It is in excellent condition, no cracks or chips. Please see the pictures and ask any questions. We are non-house smokers and do not smoke around our wares and our very careful with them to have clean hands and in the packing. We have noticed smells from items received recently, again please let us know if you have any questions. This one has no smells, from a collector in Japan.
Tsuishu was considered to be the finest of Chinese lacquer ware. In the Tang, Song and Yuan dynasties, lacquer ware production step into floruit. Tsuishu carved lacquerware was introduced to Japan together with Zen Buddhism during the Kamakura Period. Later, in the Muromachi Period, tsuishu objects were used to decorate private libraries of Sinophiles. Lacquered works made by this method were also used for the tea ceremony utensils.
Tsuishu is a technique in which red lacquer is applied layer upon layer onto a wood core. When the thickness has built up hundreds of layers, the hard lacquer is engraved with designs. This excellent Chinese technique requires an extraordinary amount of production time.
The best-known lacquer ware in China is solid lacquer without any wooden base produced in Fujian Province, which is characterized by its heat, acid and alkali resistant properties.
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