A stunning Japanese wood lacquered circular formed tray executed in kamakun-bon lacquer work.
The face of the tray is softly textured and rubbed to create a water illusion. It features a classically carved water lily design. The smooth upturned smooth sides end in a flat rim.
The exterior sides and the back of the tray are smooth in a beautiful subtly mottled black and red.
The plate measures 11 3/4" in diameter.
It is in excellent condition with a few very small spots of lacquer wear on the rim. The plate face is clear and without flaw.
I date the plate to the mid-Showa period - 1950's, but it may be earlier.
This lovely tray was exceptionally crafted in skill and artistic sensibility. It is a fine example of the traditional art of Japanese kamakun-bon lacquer ware and its preservation is remarkable. A stunning collector's item!
HISTORIQUE: Kamakun-bon lacquer woodwork is highly desirable.
Traditional patterns often depict water flowers on a background in the form of stylized waves. It is prized for its uncluttered beauty. The creation of lacquer ware has long been practiced only by skilled dedicated artisans.