Lot 5106. A lacquer smith's low table, urushi goshi joban, Japan, Showa period (1926-1989); 17.2 by 88 by 40.7 cm, 6 3/4 by 34 5/8 by 16 in. Estimate 35,000 — 45,000 HKD. Sold for 62,500 HKD (7,395 EUR). Courtesy Sotheby's.
the rectangular panel supported on two vertical recessed panels further resting on four short feet, the marblelised top of the table with an irregular residue of built-up layers of black and red lacquer extending down the sides.
Note: The marbled and copious layers of black and red lacquer were accumulated overtime and a by-product of lacquer production in the Showa period in Japan as this low table would have initially functioned as a utilitarian tool for craftsman for straining coloured lacquer.