This is a gorgeous vintage plate of hand carved wood thickly covered with fine Shunkei lacquer; a classy shape is covered in quality and beautiful lacquer work. Shunkei lacquer is said to have begun with the lacquer craftsman Shunkei of Izumi Sakai between the 14th and 15th centuries. (See more below). The size is perfect for serving a platter full of sushi or other seafood dishes. In excellent condition with no cracks or chips, does have some scratching not visible to naked eye and there are two small scraped areas on the bottom. A gorgeous and uniquely artful piece, it is still in the original marked and signed box dating from mid to late 20th century. It almost reminds me of what a Mingei lacquerware piece might look like. This would be a perfect piece for parties or for just serving sushi, boiled shrimp, or another similar item.
SIZE: Width: 12.5" or 32 cms, Top to bottom 6.4" or 16.5 cms, Height .9" or 2.5 cms . Weight: 350 grams or 12.3oz, with box 500 grams or 17.6 oz
Please see the rest of our Japanese lacquerware under in our store. We have wood and lacquerware in several different categories, it is easiest just to search with the word 'Lacquer" in the search box in our store. We have all types of lacquered antique and vintage Japanese items with more coming, always! A family owned store in Austin, Texas of over 700 Japanese items of all types ages and makers.
About Hida Shunkei lacquer 飛騨春慶漆
Shunkei lacquer is said to have begun with the lacquer craftsman Shunkei of Izumi Sakai- now the city of Sakai in Osaka, between the 14th and 15th centuries. Tradition has it that Hida-shunkei was first made at the beginning of the 16th century when the lacquer craftsman Narita Sanemon coated a tray presented as a gift by the carpenter Takahashi Kizaemon from the current Hida region of Gifu Prefecture. Hida-shunkei lacquer work is characterized by the simple beauty of bark from trees such as Japanese cypress, sawara cypress and Japanese horse chestnut, and a coating technique using a slightly transparent light yellow lacquer. Tiered boxes, trays, vases, tea service utensils, confectionery dishes and other items are now produced in the city of Takayama, Gifu Prefecture and the surrounding regions. Hida-shunkei lacquerware was designated a traditional craft in 1975.
A devoted Lacquerware Museum called the Hida Takayama Shunkei Kaikan can be found Takayama, Gifu Prefecture, Japan
(from the Japan Tourism Guide)
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