The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures

Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
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Exquisite Set of 5 Antique Lacquered Feather Boxes by Shunji


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Lacquer: Pre 1920: Item # 1442075

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The Kura
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817-2 Kannonji Monzen-cho
Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
tel.81-75-201-3497
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 $4,300.00 
Five matching boxes covered in black lacquer decorated with togidashi feathers in silver and gold enclosed in the original wooden box signed Shunji (active Meiji-Taisho period) and titled Hane-no-zu Maki-tabaco Shoshi (Feather decorated tabaco chest). Each faceted wood box has been covered in polished ink-black ro-iro lacquer, the diaphanous feathers then created on the surface with powdered gold and silver; then all is covered again in lacquer and polished through to reveal the design. An arduous process requiring much time and patience on the part of the artist. Each box features a gold rim and is lacquered with nashiji inside. They are 14.5 x 10.5 x 7 cm (5-3/4 x 4-1/8 x 2-3/4 inches) and in excellent condition, wrapped in cloth in separate compartments inside the fine kiri-wood storage box. Kanamori Shunji (Harutsugu) was a lacquer artist from Owari (modern day Aichi prefecture) in the lineage of the great 17th century artist Yamamoto Shunsho.
According to the Encyclopedia Britannica in the Togidashi Maki-e: technique, the design is painted in lacquer, and gold or silver powder is sprinkled over it; when the lacquer is dry, another coat is applied to the design to fix the powder. Rō-iro-urushi (black lacquer without oil) is then applied over the entire surface, and, after it has dried, it is burnished briefly with charcoal, applying a little water until the gold powder is faintly revealed. Following this process (called aratogi) comes the suri-urushi process, in which raw lacquer is applied with cotton and wiped with crumpled rice paper; a finishing burnish (shiage togi) is then done with charcoal. Next, granular charcoal is applied with water, using a soft cloth, and gently polished. Finally, suri-urushi and polishing is repeated three times.