Hakuichi Hazy Moon Kanazawa Gold Leaf Lacquerware Tray
This item is a beautifully crafted wooden tray with a hazy moon motif created with gold leaves from Kanazawa.
The tray is about 30cm(11.8 in) and is extremely light and easy to hold. The deep black color of the lacquer exquisitely expresses the calmness of a dark night sky, and the delicate and random haze over the full moon is depicted by the gilded gold leaves. The sharp silhouette of the moon on the black lacquer will add a modern touch to your dining table. This tray can neatly hold a teapot and teacup set. Sake sets can be elegantly placed on a table with this hazy moon motif tray.
At Hakuichi, experienced craftsmen stretch out about 2g(0.07oz) of gold into a thickness of 1/10,000 of a millimeter and skilled artisans gild the gold leaves on to each tray. Thin gold leaves can be torn in a single touch, but it's the fragility of the gold leaf that creates the mystical impression of a hazy moon.
Skilled craftsmen of Yamanaka Lacquerware create the lacquerware tray.
Woodturning craftsmen carve out the base of the trays from carefully selected pieces of wood, then lacquer craftsmen apply multiple coats of black lacquer by repeating the arduous process of brushing on then wiping off the lacquer. The artistry of the even brush strokes of lacquer against the natural curves of the wood grains is remarkable.
Founded in 1975, Hakuichi is a pioneer of the gold leaf industry. They design and develop their own brand of products crafted with gold leaves and have their own direct sales channel. In the past, the gold leaf manufacturing industry in Kanazawa mainly focused on manufacturing products for Buddhist altars. Hakuichi is the only gold leaf company in Japan that handles production and sales of gold leaf products.
- Quantity: 1
- Dimension: D30cm(11.8in) x H1.5cm(0.6in)
- Material: Wood - Yamanaka Lacquerware
- Origin: Made in Japan - Kanazawa Gold Leaf
- Brand: Hakuichi
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Founded in 1975, Hakuichi is a pioneer in the gold leaf industry, having designed and developed its own brand of craft products and carved out a direct sales channel, unlike the gold leaf manufacturing industry in Kanazawa, which until then had focused on products for Buddhist altars.
Hakuichi is the only comprehensive gold leaf company in Japan that handles everything from the production of gold leaf to the sale of gold leaf crafts.
Kanazawa Gold Leaf
"Dazzling beauty, a pivotal figure in Japanese aesthetics"
Kanazawa gold leaf is produced in and around Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture. The most distinctive feature of Kanazawa gold leaf is the glittering and elegant gold shine produced by skilled craftsmanship.Kanazawa leaf accounts for more than 99% of Japan's gold leaf production, and is used in many historical buildings in Japan, such as Nikko Toshogu Shrine, and shines beautifully in various fields, including traditional crafts such as lacquer crafts, Buddhist religious objects, as well as textiles and Kutani Ware. It is no exaggeration to say that it is Kanazawa gold leaf has built the Japanese sense of beauty that values in gold color.
The tray arrived in New York from Japan several days after I ordered it. It is an exquisite piece, perfect for the Mid-Autumn Festival.