From a Texas estate of world travelers, this 1950s Japanese lacquered 14 1/8” square tray looks like it could have been purchased brand new yesterday! Still in its original box and wrapping paper, this beauty has been untouched for 60 years. It is in perfect condition with its cinnabar-orangey background still shiny and unscratched. The front side has been lacquered on a matte black plastic base (which was a unique, modern concept in the 1950s). The orange, lacquered layers have been etched through to the black base to create the trees, waves, and outline of Mt. Fuji. You can see the tool marks in the carving of the leaves of the trees. Two sails and a flock of birds have been etched and highlighted in gold. It is so simplistic in its design, but so elegant. Other than a drip of lacquer on a corner, this piece is in perfect condition. The lacquer is so shiny that we had trouble taking photos, since everything reflected in the finish. The photos don't do justice to the piece.
This would be a beautiful piece to add to your Asian collection or to use when entertaining or as a decorative statement piece. Please contact us if you have any questions. We will always consider any reasonable offer for our pieces.
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