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Japanese Lacquer Hibachi, Meiji Period

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Japanese Lacquer Hibachi, Meiji Period

Product Name: Japanese Lacquer Hibachi, Meiji Period
Product Category: SOLD ITEMS
Product/Ref Number: 05-12-07
Number of Item: 1
   Width: 23 inches
   Height: 10 inches
   Depth: 23 inches

This is a large and beautiful example of a 19th century, Meiji Period (1868-1912) lacquer hibachi*. The hibachi retains its original copper bowl and the "hiramakie" lacquer is in remarkably good condition considering its age (120-140 years) and intended use. The hibachi is covered in a deep brown/black lacquer with applied gold leaf scrolling and floral decoration. The corners of the hibachi are protected with beautifully chased brass plates and the outside corners are also braced with chased brass. There are minor losses to the gilt work and some abrasions to the lacquer which are appropriate patination. The last photo is taken "with flash" and highlights the detail. I envision this beautiful piece to be an ideal vessel for an arrangement of phalaenopsis orchids positioned as the focal point on a large center table or console. Please email me for more information or photos (you can also contact me directly from this page). Thanks for visiting.

* The "hibachi" or "fire bowl" is a traditional Japanese heating device. It consists of a round or box-shaped open-topped vessel made from or lined with heat proof material and which holds charcoal. It is not known when the hibachi was first appeared in Japan; written records indicate that it was in use by at least the Heian Period (798-1185 AD). Early hibachi were very simple devices. The design of the hibachi was fully developed in the Edo Period (1603-1868) when artistic elements were introduced to the design, these embellishments included lacquer and gold leaf. The hibachi were originally used by the Samurai and aristocratic classes and the more artistic and elaborate hibachi were used only by these classes. (Source: Wikipedia) 


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