1930s-50s Japanese Art Deco Rattan and Bamboo Takamakura 'High Pillow' With Drawer Compartment
This superb work of Japanese design and craftsmanship carries it's own special piece of cultural significance and history.
It is called a Takamakura, 高枕 [Literal translation 'high pillow'], known for its unusual design and association to geisha culture. The sole intended purpose would have been to safeguard elaborate coiffures.
This piece is of a more complex design, with the woven bamboo top, wood-stained rattan body and gently exaggerated curves and feet at the base being accompanied by an inbuilt drawer compartment at the centre of the unit. Presumably, it was thought that beneath the head was an ideal place to keep valuables safe as you slept.
Today, this work finds its purpose as an art object offering a gateway into it's own special place in cultural history.
A BIT OF HISTORY
The role of the Takamakura in history is strongly associated to the geisha and was designed to meet those needs that might come with maintaining the signature geisha updo of the 17th century. The complicated chignon-like style of the geisha, called the Shimada (島田), could take hours or even up to a day to craft.
Today, most modern geisha wear painstakingly maintained wigs that are easier to manage. However, their apprentices—called maiko (舞妓)—often have their real hair coiffed. Some even have it done the traditional way: pressed, set, teased, tied, and waxed into place by a professional once a week.
The term Takamakura 'high pillow' is at times used interchangeably with Bachimakura 罰枕 [Literal translation 'punishment pillow'], understandably, as the 'pillow' was more of a neck cradle to keep the coiffure maintained until the next hair appointment.
Good to excellent. There is mild age wear (such as the small spot discolouration of the rattan wood at the back of the headrest) commensurable with the age of the piece - please refer to the photos as part of the condition report.
Unit: c. 10" / 25.5 cm tall x c. 18.5" / 47 cm in width x c. 8" / 20.5 cm depth.
Drawer: c. 2" / 5 cm tall x c. 7.7" / 19.5 cm in width x c. 7.7" / 19.5 cm depth.
Unpackaged weight: c. 1.8 kg / 1,767 g
Headrest will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
Antique European Japonisme / Japonism Copper and Wood, Sakura Relief Lockable Mini Chest of Drawers
A stunning work of late 18th century European Japonist design with Sakura Cherry blossom relief decor.
The body is made of copper, decorated with blossom and stem relief decor throughout, supported at the base by a stylised foot at each corner and complimented with a hinged handle on the top.
The decor on the front face of the unit is framed by a scroll trim and the whole piece is finished with a silver plating overlay, which has aged with a naturally worn patina. Inlays of wood form the drawer section, each drawer is finished with a hinged handle and can be locked/unlocked using the accompanying key.
A BIT OF HISTORY
"From the 1860s through to the 1890s, the rise of Japonisme and the Art Nouveau movement meant few could resist the obsession with all things Japanese. Superbly crafted and often highly decorated Japanese objects – lacquer, metalwork, ceramics, enamels and other decorative items rich in new and exotic subject matter – stimulated and inspired Western artists and craftsmen to produce their own works. Arts of the Meiji period (1868–1912) were displayed at international exhibitions, in the galleries of influential dealers and at fashionable stores in London, Paris and Vienna.
Artists from Van Gogh, Whistler, Monet, Manet, Klimt and Schiele were all, to varying degrees, influenced by the arts of Japan. Van Gogh himself stated that he owed his inspiration to Japanese art, but he was probably not conscious of the full extent to which art in Europe had already been greatly influenced by that of Japan."
[Source: Japonisme and the Rise of the Modern Art Movement, The Arts of the Meiji Period by Gregory Irvine]
Excellent, only light use and age wear (wear commensurable with age of the piece).
MEASUREMENTS c. 6.3" / 16 cm tall x c. " / cm in length x c. " / cm in width
Unpackaged weight: 1.3 kg / 1,293 g
NOTES Drawers will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
THE ITEM Presenting beautifully detail enriched piece of South American folk art.
The deep red-brown, leather on wood box is handmade and bears a warm Columbian stylised berries and leaves design.
This box offers two red lined drawers for jewellery, trinkets or desk organising needs.
A BIT OF HISTORY Close to one million people in Colombia earn a living directly or indirectly from the country’s vibrant arts and crafts sector. A significant contributor to the national economy, the sector counts some 350,000 artisans, approximately 60 percent of whom are from rural and indigenous areas.
Many skilled artisans are based in Pasto, the capital of Nariño, in southern Colombia. The city is located in the Atriz Valley on the Andes cordillera, at the foot of the Galeras volcano. Known for the technique of Barniz de Pasto, which uses a type of natural rubber which is coloured and then stretched over woodwork pieces; before the skilful artisan uses a special knife to cut and create the many beautiful designs that characterise this artistic technique. These skills would also be applied to tooling leather.
CONDITION Very Good Condition, with a degree of wear commensurable with age, please refer to photos as part of the condition report.
MEASUREMENTS c. 3.5" / 9 cm tall by 5.5" / 14 cm wide and 5.2" /13.2 cm in depth
Unpackaged weight: c. 0.5 kg / 505 g
NOTES Box will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured.