Works of Art in Lacquer, Gilding, Penwork and Faux Finishes

Negoro nuri (Japanese lacquerware) was developed by the priests of the Japanese monastery Negoro-dera as early as the 14th century, and included the vessels used for their simple meals.  The bowls were first lacquered in black and then in red.  Sometimes part of the red was polished away to reveal the black as a form of decoration; sometimes the red just became worn with use and the black underneath came to light with a lovely effect.

Also exhibited are variations that use yellow instead of red as the top lacquer coat.  As you can see, both are elegant in the dining room.


Negoro nuri charger, 10" in diameter.


Negoro nuri charger bottom view.


Negoro nuri charger, 14" diameter.