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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Elegant Large Lacquered Sake Bottle with Floral Motif

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Lacquer: Pre 1900: Item # 1455455

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817-2 Kannonji Monzen-cho
Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
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A large Sake bottle covered in black lacquer mellowed to a dark chocolate color with age decorated with floral sprays in gold and silver maki-e dating from Edo period Japan. The square jug is very elegant, not overly decorated, the execution of the motif belies the exacting technique and imbues it with a sense of the spontaneous, flowers bursting open with the changing of the seasons. Upon the top is written the characters Sensoku (Senzoku or alternatively read Senbiki) and could indicate it was originally used by or for the service of sake made by the famous Sensoku family brewery in Imazu, or that it belonged to a family by that name. The bottle is complete with lid. It is roughly 15 cm (5-3/4 inches) square, 34 cm (13-1/2 inches) tall and in overall fine condition considering age and use. The base has been once re-lacquered, sometime long in the past. There is one chip to the tip of the handle sticking out one side (see close up photo). (The white line visible in the photographs is a reflection of the edge of the backdrop)