Japanese Hand Mirror with case
Appraised Value: $3,000 - $5,000
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Appraisal Video: (2:21)
GUEST: I got it from a relative after her husband had deceased. She gave me this mirror and several other items.
APPRAISER: And he had been in Asia?
GUEST: I think he was there before the war and probably after.
APPRAISER: Okay. Now, what we have here is a Japanese lacquer mirror case containing the mirror.
APPRAISER: Now, the lacquer is very interesting. The gold fleck ground is called “nashiji.” And this raised lacquer is called “takamaki-e.” It's a fruiting tree on the cover. The mirror has the same fruit. Now...
GUEST: Oh, I never really...
APPRAISER: you would think they were made together.
APPRAISER: Actually what happened is the mirror was made later than the case. The mirror was made because the case was missing its mirror.
GUEST: Oh, really?
APPRAISER: This was made under the Edo period in about 1830, 1840. This was made perhaps 1880 to 1900, in the Meiji era. And the fruit, the pomegranates, are the same. The fruiting of the tree is the same, the way in which the tree stands. Now, the mirror happens to be signed by a Fukagawa member. The ground here, inside, is beautifully sprinkled with gold. If you turn it over, you have the same gold sprinkling. Same thing on the inside. Now, this is perfectly set up so that the mirror can't fall out.
APPRAISER: Can't rock around. It's extremely delicate. The lacquer has to be handled very carefully as you probably know.
GUEST: Well... it's handled very little because it's put away inside of a trunk and...
APPRAISER: Well, I've talked to my friends and colleagues about it, and we know this was made for a royal family. The quality is first quality. First quality was reserved for the emperor. The value of the two together, the mirror and the case, would be between $3,000 and $5,000. And that's an auction valuation.
GUEST: That's fantastic.
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