Unusually large Japanese export serving or tea tray. Made for the European market, possibly in Kyoto during the mid Meiji period (19th century). It is an unusually large size measuring 76cm x 42cm.The tray features two traditional lacquer techniques which are maki-e and choshitsu. Literally: sprinkled picture (or design) is Japanese lacquer decoration technique in which pictures, patterns, and letters are drawn with lacquer on the surface of lacquerware, and then metal powder such as gold or silver is sprinkled and fixed on the surface of the lacquerware. For choshitsu, dozens of layers of colored Japanese lacquer are painted on to a plain surface. Then, a carving blade is used to carve into these layers and make three-dimensional relief carvings.
This technique was conveyed from China about eight hundred years ago. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Other Japanese Antiques".The seller is "sacred-arts" and is located in this country: FR. This item can be shipped worldwide.