A Pair Japanese Export Black Lacquered Woden Plates - Edo period

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  • A pair of light circular plates of lacquered wood (urushi), modeled with swallow, flaring and rounded sides and a flat rim with engrossed edge
  • Decorated  in pictorial style with gold lacquer (maki-e). The centre decorated in flat and low relief (tahamaki-e) with imaginary landscape scenes with trees, rockwork and water
  • The flat rim is decorated with a typical border of endless pearl (shippôtsungi) in gold lacquer
  • Standing on a short foot-ring
  • These plates were made to be exported to Europe at the end of the 17th and early 18th Century     


Other similar plates are in:

  • The Collection of Her Majesty the Queen, London
  • The Collection of the Groningen Museum (inv.no. 1978.447)
  • Peabody Essex Museum  in Salem
  • Palazzo Pitti, Florence


  • Jorge Welsh/L.Vinais After the Barbarians. Namban Works of Art for the Japanese, Portuguese and Dutch Market.  Lisbon, 2008. p.334. no. 47
  • O.Impey / C.Jörg. Japanese Export Lacquer. 1580-1850. p.117. no.420.






Lacquered wood (urushi)

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