A stunning Japanese wood lacquered circular formed tray executed in Negoro lacquer work. The interior base of the tray is red lacquer with a black lacquer top coating. Parts of the black have been deliberately rubbed away and carved into – to create the Negoro effect.
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 Negoro lacquer ware and its preservation is remarkable. A stunning collector's item!
HISTORIQUE: Most negoro-nuri (also referred to as Kamakura-bori) consists of coatings of black lacquer covered with coatings of red lacquer. It is made by carving low relief patterns in wood, then lacquering it with layers of color – most traditionally red and black. The lacquer is then rubbed down and polished creating an effect in which the red lacquer shows through to accentuate the carving.
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.