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    Posted 10 years ago

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    This is a large tray, wood with raised lacquer decor,measuring approximately 26¾" in length and 16¼" wide. The edge is just under 2" high. The corners are dovetailed and have bone or ivory fixings.
    It has no cracks, perfectly flat.
    The owl seems to have glass inlaid eyes.
    My research gave me keyaki wood, and taka maki-e lacquer.
    I know symbolism is very important in asian culture, specially for luck, fortune or success so I'm astonished by the owl grasping a sparrow!
    And I can't identify the plant on last pic...
    Waiting for Christie's opinion ;-) but would like to hear about your opinions on the symbols!

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    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 10 years ago
      Maybe lotus leaves?
    2. kyratango kyratango, 10 years ago
      Thanks Vetraio, It was my first thought, but the flower doesn't match...

      Thanks for your love, all!
    3. toracat toracat, 10 years ago
      Spectacular!! email me after you hear from Christie's!
    4. shrine shrine, 10 years ago
      kyratango -- thank you for sharing such beautiful piese, one of the best Japanese inlaid I've seen. This one is Japanese for sure and they have slightly different culture than Chinese. Japanese values honor, fight and valor where chinese values peace, fortune and longevity more. This is a common theme in Japanese inlaid, like owls feeding on sparrow, falcon feeding on duck, and etc.

      Keyaki wood, in my opinion, is a accurate word for the material, good research job.
    5. kyratango kyratango, 10 years ago
      Thanks a lot shrine!
      I know nothing in japanese culture, so I'm proud to found the right wood id, and lacker technique.

      Thanks a lot too Don, waiting too to hear from Christie's...
      Will post new beasts as soon as my fight against loading pics from my phone will be succesful...
    6. kyratango kyratango, 10 years ago
      Thanks all for your loves!
    7. kyratango kyratango, 10 years ago
      Just heard from Christie's...
      They just said not interesting for them to sell, too low value...
      But no information about it :-(
    8. racer4four racer4four, 10 years ago
      Pfft Christies!! No taste! lol
    9. kyratango kyratango, 10 years ago
      Lol! Thanks Racer for visiting!
    10. kyratango kyratango, 10 years ago
      Thanks windwalker for loving it much than Christie's did ;-)
    11. kyratango kyratango, 10 years ago
      Thanks toolate and vintagefran :-)
    12. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 9 years ago
      Really cool! Love the owl!
    13. Alan2310 Alan2310, 9 years ago
      What a beautyful tray, i love it.
      The picture 4 remind me the leaf this plant""Elephant Ears Colocasia Illustris Taro Plant with black leaves and green veins"

    14. kyratango kyratango, 9 years ago
      Thanks Vintagelamp for loving my owl tray!
      Alan, colocasia has rather similar veined leaves, but still puzzled by the flowers...
      Thanks a lot for your input!
    15. kyratango kyratango, 8 years ago
      Many thanks Caperkid for joining the 23 lovers :-))
    16. apostata apostata, 3 years ago
      well its quite easy , this is actually good , but don,t go the majors because the cut is probably 1000 dollar and they ditch you
    17. Congcu, 3 years ago
      A beautiful piece to be sure. Do not fret about the Christies response. Remember, auctioneers are in the cash flow business, not the art or collector business. On the other hand, you may want to try an auction house in Japan, China or Singapore as that will be an entirely different market.
    18. apostata apostata, 3 years ago
      this is a complete misrepresentation and a complete misrepresentation of the functioning of the oriental auction houses
    19. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
      Thank you for your comments, Apostata and Congcu :-)
      I realized then (6 years ago, old post!!!) that Christie's and Sotheby's changed their criteria in matter of value... Nothing under 5000€ will get any answer other than not reaching our criteria...
      Anyway, I didn't want to sell it, only have an idea of the symbolism\story it tells :-D

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