Featured Wooden bowl gilt on black, Japanese?

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by Ratsy Brown, Jul 2, 2023.

  1. Ratsy Brown

    Ratsy Brown Well-Known Member


    I bought this mystery bowl. It is wooden with a finely painted gilt pattern. I think its Japanese but not totally sure. It feels just like painted wood, rather than lacquer. Theres a little colouring in the petals and butterfly wings.

    15.5cm diameter, 4.5cm height

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  2. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    Pretty thing! I would have bought it too!

    What is on the bottom?
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  3. Lark

    Lark Well-Known Member

    Very nice and it looks old.
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  4. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    Looks like a round felted piece that has lost its felt.

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  5. moreotherstuff

    moreotherstuff Izorizent

    A bottle coaster? The decorative treatment would have been called "Japanned", but I don't know if it was made there or not.
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  6. Bev aka thelmasstuff

    Bev aka thelmasstuff Colored pencil artist extraordinaire ;)

    My kind of thing. I'd have bought it in a second! IMG_8239.JPG IMG_8240.JPG I've had this little jewelry box since I was a child. It has a shelf with a drop in section. I always thought it was "japanned" and not real lacquer. I just love the gold on black.
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  7. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    That's a real beauty.
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  8. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member


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  9. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    In reference to the 'mystery bowl', Looks like burlap on the bottom......to me! And then I saw Debora's post, and she could be right too!!
  10. Ce BCA

    Ce BCA Well-Known Member

    It looks like a very nice example of an English Regency period coaster painted in the Japanese style. It's probably papier-mache, which can feel like wood, especially when this old.
  11. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

    The fabric on the bottom of the bowl looks like it may be incorporated into the structure of the bowl, not just applied to the base. It may be "fulled" wool - a woven textile with the nap raised by brushing, which would make it look like felt. (Felt is a non-woven structure.) This would be more consistent with a European/English origin, as @Ce BCA suggests.
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  12. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

  13. Bev aka thelmasstuff

    Bev aka thelmasstuff Colored pencil artist extraordinaire ;)

    Wow! Quite lovely.
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  14. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    It is indeed. Just image what other objects went on the table with it.

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  15. baltojoe75

    baltojoe75 Well-Known Member

    Wasn't this referred to as chinoiserie - Victorian era did a lot of black painted paper mache items
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  16. Ratsy Brown

    Ratsy Brown Well-Known Member

    I removed the fabric. Thank you all for your responses. Regency papier mache does give a few similar results.

  17. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

  18. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member


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