Japanese Black & Gold Lacquer Vanity Box & Mirror Stand
Beautiful, Japanese Black and Gold Lacquer vanity Box and Mirror Stand. Probably Meiji Period. Measures 27 1/2″ H x 11″ W x 11″ D
A Japanese black and gold lacquer vanity box and mirror stand from the Meiji period (1868-1912).
This vanity box would have been a luxurious item for personal grooming and would likely have been owned by someone of means. Meiji period lacquerware is known for its intricate detail and high level of craftsmanship. The box and mirror stand is made of wood, with a black lacquer finish that was polished to a high shine. The gold decoration on the lacquer would have been applied using a technique called maki-e, where gold dust is sprinkled onto the lacquer while it is still wet.
The vanity box may have contained various personal grooming items, such as combs, brushes, and perfume bottles. The mirror stand would have been a separate piece that could be placed on top of the box when in use. It may have been designed with a curved or adjustable mirror to make it easier to apply makeup or shave.