Presented here is an antique Japanese lacquer box with Imari porcelain serving dishes in the "Immortals 1000 faces" pattern. This beautiful antique set of seven dishes fit together in the original lacquered box. The item dates from the Meiji Period (1868-1912). The box is original to the porcelain dish set.
The box measures 10 inches in diameter and is lacquered with Japanese orange and black colors. The inside of the lid is painted with black lacquer as well as the bottom of the box. The top of the box lid is a hand-painted scenic picture of two people in Kimono robes walking beneath Autumn maple leaves and pointing to a traditional building structure in the distance. The paint is orange and brown with gold gilt. The gold is still present in the painting and overall the condition is good. There is minimal chipping of the red lacquer paint along the side of the box and a slight crack line to the black lacquer inside the lid from age. The set is signed CK Made In Japan.
The Imari porcelain dishes fit together in the box to make the divided sweat meats tray. Each dish is separate and can be removed individually for serving. The porcelain pattern is the ancestral "Immortals" design with the additional specific "1000 faces" theme. Each face is hand-painted with black paint and is associated with a colorful Kimono robe with gold gilt paint decoration. Due to age and use some of the gold gilt paint has worn on the edges of the dishes. The colors that contrast with the gold gilt are still vibrant. Overall it is in good condition for its age (1868-1912) and would make an "important" addition to a collection.
Japanese hand painted lacquer box with Imari china serving dishes