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    Japanese Gilt Lacquer Kodansu Jewellery Cabinet - Meiji Period

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    Our origins are in wholesale, so from movies to restaurants, retailers to architects, we have a long history of supplying our trade clients with unusual and unique oriental furniture & decorative art. 

    Whether purchasing for resale or buying on behalf of a client, we offer trade discount pricing to:


  • Retail Stores
  • Interior Designers
  • Film & Photo Studios
  • Architects
  • Event Producers

  • For all trade and wholesale enquiries please email us with your contact and business name, company registration number & VAT number (if applicable) to enquiries@indigo-uk.com or call 01672 564722


    For full details, visit our Trade & Wholesale Page

    Prop Hire

    Looking for that one off iconic piece for an event or requiring props for a filming or a photography shoot? You will have seen our oriental antique furniture & decorative art in the James Bond films, The Golden Compass and many others.


    For all prop hire enquiries please send emails to enquiries@indigo-uk.com or call 01672 564722


    For full details, visit our Trade & Wholesale Page

    Japanese Gilt Lacquer Kodansu Jewellery Cabinet - Meiji Period

    SKU:M873

    £2,950

    This striking and fine black, gold & silver lacquer Japanese Meiji kodansu table cabinet showcases the intricate skills of Japanese craftsmen during the Meiji era (1868 – 30 Jul 1912). This cabinet likely dates to the earlier part of the Meiji era. The front is beautifully layered with fine and fluid maki-e gilt and lacquerwork. The sides, top & back of the cabinet have a chip carved repeating mon pattern, and the corners are made from delicate filagree. 

    The artwork on this kodansu is of very high quality employing various sophisticated lacquering techniques. The cabinet is decorated in gold and silver takamaki-e (high relief maki-e) depicting prunus flowers blossoming from stone. The brass handles are cast in a mokku (melon) shape with butterfly backplates. 

    The top sliding doors are intricately decorated with a silver inlaid crane taking flight over a traditional Japanese village. The traditional hinged door depicts silver inlaid geese flying over a ship in a quiet bay with rolling mountains in the background. 

    The door opens to reveal three additional drawers decorated with maki-e butterflies and further butterfly decoration on the back of the door. The artist has created a mist effect - a Japanese technique called Nashiji lacquering. Nashiji is a technique where small gold and silver flakes are sunken into the lacquer. The lacquer is in exceptional condition for its age and gold has been applied using the maki-e technique of sprinkling gold powder onto the lacquer design whilst wet.


    The Meiji era was a period of great change in Japan as it opened its ports to the West and transitioned from a feudal society to a modern nation-state. An appetite for Japonisme seized the West and as the foreign market grew the Meiji government actively promoted and funded the production and export of Japonisme work. Very few of the most outstanding works like this cabinet remained in Japan as they were mostly exported. 



    Dimensions:

    61 x 38 x 52  (wxdxh cms)


    Condition:

    Restored in our Wiltshire workshops using traditional Japanese techniques. 

    The door hinges have historic repairs with screws that could not be removed without detriment to the cabinet. 

    Some losses to silver filigree (visible in photographs). 

    Some butterfly handle plates are missing (visible in photographs). 

     

    From Japan

    UK Delivery Charge - except Highlands & Islands £15
    More delivery options available at checkout 

    Dimensions: W61 x D38 x H52 cm


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    In Stock - In Our Wiltshire Showroom


    This striking and fine black, gold & silver lacquer Japanese Meiji kodansu table cabinet showcases the intricate skills of Japanese craftsmen during the Meiji era (1868 – 30 Jul 1912). This cabinet likely dates to the earlier part of the Meiji era. The front is beautifully layered with fine and fluid maki-e gilt and lacquerwork. The sides, top & back of the cabinet have a chip carved repeating mon pattern, and the corners are made from delicate filagree. 

    The artwork on this kodansu is of very high quality employing various sophisticated lacquering techniques. The cabinet is decorated in gold and silver takamaki-e (high relief maki-e) depicting prunus flowers blossoming from stone. The brass handles are cast in a mokku (melon) shape with butterfly backplates. 

    The top sliding doors are intricately decorated with a silver inlaid crane taking flight over a traditional Japanese village. The traditional hinged door depicts silver inlaid geese flying over a ship in a quiet bay with rolling mountains in the background. 

    The door opens to reveal three additional drawers decorated with maki-e butterflies and further butterfly decoration on the back of the door. The artist has created a mist effect - a Japanese technique called Nashiji lacquering. Nashiji is a technique where small gold and silver flakes are sunken into the lacquer. The lacquer is in exceptional condition for its age and gold has been applied using the maki-e technique of sprinkling gold powder onto the lacquer design whilst wet.


    The Meiji era was a period of great change in Japan as it opened its ports to the West and transitioned from a feudal society to a modern nation-state. An appetite for Japonisme seized the West and as the foreign market grew the Meiji government actively promoted and funded the production and export of Japonisme work. Very few of the most outstanding works like this cabinet remained in Japan as they were mostly exported. 



    Dimensions:

    61 x 38 x 52  (wxdxh cms)


    Condition:

    Restored in our Wiltshire workshops using traditional Japanese techniques. 

    The door hinges have historic repairs with screws that could not be removed without detriment to the cabinet. 

    Some losses to silver filigree (visible in photographs). 

    Some butterfly handle plates are missing (visible in photographs). 

     

    From Japan

    UK Delivery Charge - except Highlands & Islands £15
    More delivery options available at checkout 


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    Free UK mainland delivery on orders over £100 | Use code "DELIVERY" at checkout

    DISPATCH

    • - Non-furniture Delivery: 2-5 working days

    • - Furniture Delivery: Within 1 - 2 weeks

      (We'll call you to arrange a specific delivery date)

    • Free UK mainland delivery on orders over £100 | Use code "DELIVERY" at checkout

    RETURNS

    • - Hassle Free Returns

    • - Return your order within 28 days for a full refund (excluding delivery charges)

    • - Items must be returned in a resalable condition

    • - Collections can be arranged on request

    • Product Specific delivery charges visible above "Add to Basket" button and in Checkout (scroll up)

    • Additional charges may apply for deliveries to highlands, islands, out of area deliveries and collections. 

    • International Delivery: Please contact us for quotes on individual pieces

    Trade & Wholesale

    Our origins are in wholesale, so from movies to restaurants, retailers to architects, we have a long history of supplying our trade clients with unusual and unique oriental furniture & decorative art. 

    Whether purchasing for resale or buying on behalf of a client, we offer trade discount pricing to:


  • Retail Stores
  • Interior Designers
  • Film & Photo Studios
  • Architects
  • Event Producers

  • For all trade and wholesale enquiries please email us with your contact and business name, company registration number & VAT number (if applicable) to enquiries@indigo-uk.com or call 01672 564722


    For full details, visit our Trade & Wholesale Page

    Prop Hire

    Looking for that one off iconic piece for an event or requiring props for a filming or a photography shoot? You will have seen our oriental antique furniture & decorative art in the James Bond films, The Golden Compass and many others.


    For all prop hire enquiries please send emails to enquiries@indigo-uk.com or call 01672 564722


    For full details, visit our Trade & Wholesale Page

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