A beautiful oriental (most likely Japanese export) wooden lacquerware collar box, from the early 1900’s. The box is thick & weighty; it has some general minor ware from age & use and has its little lid on the inner compartment which would have been used to store the collar studs. The lid is hand painted with a lake scene & fits snugly. Old and genuine lacquerware is made up of many layers of lacquer, the sap is harvested from trees (similar to the harvesting of maple syrup from maple trees); layers of lacquer are built up over a time consuming process that requires each layer to be dried and cured. A traditional & centuries old art form, far superior to the more commonly found & used, plastic based lacquerware.
A wonderful antique chinoiserie box, for keeping treasures & display.
Measures: 18.5w, 11.5h