Takaoka Shikki lacquerware seabream bonbonniere box, Japan 1920s
An early 20th Century red Takaoka Lacquerware Kashibako lidded bonbonniere, confectionery box or sweets jar in the shape of a Sea Bream fish.
The sap is harvested from the Urushi tree. Shikki is also often referred to as “nurimono”, or painted things.
Typically lacquer is applied to a wooden core with multiple layers of coating. There are a number of techniques of application and decoration.
Takaoka Shikki exists over 400 years.
Tradition has it that Takaoka- shikki lacquerware was first produced when Oba Shozaemon, who moved to the castle town, coated the furniture he made with lacquer. This was followed by wardrobes and nagamochi (large oblong chests for storing garments and household goods) and eventually tableware, kitchen utensils and other items for everyday use. Takaoka lacquerware offers a wide range of reliable products backed by tradition, and was designated a traditional craft in 1975.
Takoaka city museum, Toyama Japan
Good overall vintage condition.
Some lacquer gone here and there on the rim, some chips on the underside of the lid.
As seen in the pictures.
1 in stock
|14 × 13 × 8 cm
|Country of Manufacture