Japanese vintage lacquerware hexagonal 'Jikiro' or covered bowl is historically and most often used for serving treats or desserts at the tea ceremony in Japan. For the age right at 100 years old, it is in excellent condition looking like it has been store this entire time or never used. This is the Japanese Showa period. Japanese lacquerware takes much time to create from start to finish. Most often, three artists- a woodcarver, painter, and lacquerware specialist- are used to make these fine pieces.
This piece is very fine, with its elegant legs and nice hexagonal shape. The lidded serving ware is less commonly created for the tea ceremony, and more often pottery is used. A raised piece with a gold stripe encircles the body. The lid is decorated with flowers which look like the Japanese 'five-petal flower', but with the motif of rice stalks and bamboo ikebana or flower arrangement holder, may represent wildflowers. The five-petal flower is called 'Go-Ben-Bana '.
Size: Length 10.2 in or 25.9 cm, Width 8.8 in or 22.4 cm, Height 6.6 in or 16.7 cm. Weight pre-packed 20.10 oz. or 570 grams
Japanese Carved lacquer.
A generic term used for many carved lacquer techniques where layers of lacquer are applied to a thickness of three to seven millimeters, and a design is engraved on the surface. Carved cinnabar lacquer tsuishu 堆朱, and carved black lacquer tsuikoku 堆黒. Carving lacquer became popular in China during the Sung dynasty; after Sung lacquer was imported to Japan in the Muromachi period the Japanese made imitations from the late 15c. In order to achieve a carvable thickness, 100 to 300 coats of lacquer were applied to the wood and lacquer base. Each layer was allowed to harden for one day and lightly polished. These difficult techniques became the special preserve of a family whose members each took the name Tsuishu Youzei 堆朱楊成. Tsuishu layered red means carved lacquer, usually red,
excerpt from Jaanus