This is a beautiful decorating piece and also can still be used as a desk. It has a fantastic Japanese scene done with raised gold Makie on the golden outlined tree. Gold has been used to draw the scene and red has been added to the items giving it a wonderful contrast against the rich blackness of the lacquer. The slant top opens on the black lacquer box to reveal six letter compartments on the inside of the upper lid. There are three hidden compartments under the pen and nib ink holders. Fold open the middle piece and it lays out to blue velvet covered writing desk. Each part of the writing desk can fold over exposing larger compartments under it. There are 4 drawer and storage under the top hinged portion of the writing desk. There is an empty area for storage under the lower hinge portion of the desk. The desk has two metal carrying handles, a hinge to keep the top propped open and a locking mechanism. We do not have the key for the lock. The desk has some lacquer missing and a repair on the back. Please see pictures for condition. If you would like more pictures we would be glad to provide them.
The Makie is a crafting technique from old days in Japan several hundred years ago. Use of Urushi lacquer as an adhesive and sprinkling of pure gold powders, pure gold leaves, silver powders complete designs as a picture on various adornment, therefore, called Makie (sprinkled-picture).The Makie was refined over time and became the gorgeous art, craft peculiar to Japan.
Measures: closed 18 1/2" L x 12 3/4" D x 8" H
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