A Very Fine Signed Takamakie Lacquer Cheroot Case, Meiji Period (1868-1912)
A Very Fine Signed Takamakie Lacquer Cheroot Case, Meiji Period (1868-1912), Circle of Shibata Zeshin
The ishime lacquered case consisting of two conforming sections sliding one overtop the other, the exterior decorated with low relief motifs in gilt, silver and kasshoku (burnt dark russet) of a rat with an acorn on one panel and two acorns on the opposing. Dimensions, 3.75” x 2.25” x .75”
Takamakie is a technique in which metallic powders of silver, gold, copper, pewter etc., are used in combination with lacquer & clay-dust to build up motifs in relief.
In Japanese culture the Rat is considered a symbol of fertility & wealth - Acorns symbolize prosperity & growth.
Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891) is regarded as perhaps the most famous lacquer artist of the late Edo period, examples of his work are on permanent display at the Metropolitan Museum, New York City.