Fukunishi Sobe Plum and Nightingale Aizu Lacquerware Folding Screen

JPY ¥33,000

This folding screen with a chic black base decorated with plum blossoms in full bloom and a Japanese nightingale perched on one of its branches will add a gorgeous hue to any room.

In Japan, both plum blossoms and Japanese nightingales are a poetic sign of the coming of spring, representing a picturesque combination and good companionship. However, these are not combinations that are actually commonly observed in nature, but only metaphors for good pairings in poetry and paintings.

The combination of red plum blossoms and bright green colored Japanese nightingales (the actual nightingales are gray) is colorful and beautiful. The fine lame in the paint further accentuates the fantastic atmosphere.

The material is made of wood resin and synthetic lacquer, which is durable and resistant to sunlight and water, and does not deteriorate easily.

Originally, folding screens were used as partitions to block the wind and people's eyes, and were an essential part of interior design. Smaller folding screens can be displayed on a shelf and enjoy the beautiful pictures as they are. It can create a Japanese atmosphere, and if you place small items such as decorative items around it, it will make your interior space more impressive.

Its timeless design is suitable for long-term use, daily use or when entertaining guests.

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  • Quantity: 1
  • Dimension: [When open] 50.3cm(19.8in)×30cm(11.8in)×H0.9cm(0.4in)
  • Material: Wood resin 
  • Origin: Made in Japan - Aizu Lacquerware
  • Brand: Fukunishi Sobe


Fukunishi-Sobei Shoten was started by taking over the lacquerware division from the main family, which had been in existence for 13 generations since the early Edo period. They have developed their products over time by figuring out "what must not be changed and what must be changed". In addition to the lacquering technique that makes the most of the moist luster of lacquerware, the company has handed down the unique decorative techniques of Aizu, such as Aizu-e painting with motifs of pine, bamboo, plum, and ceremonial arrow, and the spinning wheel. Fukunishi Soubei's lacquerware flexibly incorporates modern industrial technology, and is a special product that has a high artistic value as well as an aspect of being daily use items with which long-time use gives an additional charm. 

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Aizu is located in the southern part of the Tohoku region and is known as a place where nature and history are richly preserved and a unique culture takes root. The Aizu region is a basin surrounded by rich nature and has become a famous lacquerware production area where the entire process from the production of materials, such as cultivating lacquer trees, collecting sap, and cutting nearby trees, to the processing and finishing of lacquerware can be done locally. Aizu lacquerware has continued to grow up to the present day, as it has always proactively adopted the latest technology in addition to the traditional techniques that have survived for over 400 years.

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