vintage aizu japanese red lacquer wood vases with base
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A pair of vintage Japanese red lacquer vases with separate bases. They are marked Aizu in gold with a flower outline surrounding the Aizu. The vases are 6 in. high with a center diameter of 3 in, add an extra 1 in for the base.The inside depth is approximately 3 in. so it does not go all the way to the bottom. There are also some very light surface scratches and indentations that would come with careful, normal handling and do not effect the beauty of these vases. The pair of vases are in beautiful vintage condition. Im estimating them to be from the 1950s 1960s. The color is hard to describe but it is almost berrycherry or burgundy with a soft pearl look of the lacquer finish. The gold and shell scene on the front looks to be all good. In Japan, lacquer work of this caliber dates to about the 15th century. The area around the Aizu basin became known for fine lacquerware when a feudal lord transferred from Shiga brought more lacquer craftsmen into the area. Later, craftsmen from Kyoto specializing in gold dust application and other decorative techniques joined the lacqerware artisans in Aizu, enhancing further the high quality of work being produced in that region. Aizu lacquerware is produced through a distinctive manufacturing system involving a fine division of labor, which allows for volume production using handcrafting techniques. Specialist craftspeople perform separate tasks, such as wood forming, lacquering, and gold dust applications. Hananuri is the special technique involving coating with lacquer, drying and finishing without polishing. Makie is the technique of applying gold dust in gorgeous designs.