A set of five small japanese lacquer tables/trays

Nov 25, 2020. 20:34 UTC
A set of five small Japanese lacquer tables/trays
United States of America

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This is a boxed set of five small Japanese lacquer tables/trays. The box measures 29" tall x 15-5/8" wide x 15-7/8" deep. It appears to be made of cedar. Each of the five lacquer table/trays measure 13-7/8" square x 4-3/4" tall. Four of five trays are undamaged and in fine condition. The fifth table has suffered a crack in the center of the serving area.


These trays were bought from an antique dealer in Fukuoka, Japan in 1999. They have been in our possession since.

Answered within 5 days
Nov 30, 12:37 UTC
By s.k. Breider

Fair Market Value

$250 - $350 USD

Insurance Value

$600 USD
What does this mean?

Dear Jim,

What you have here is indeed a lovely wooden chest with serving trays from Japan. I believe these are not antiques but made mid 20th century or a little later. These trays were made more for home decoration then to serve food or drinks. You could put a vase with flowers on it or small decorative objects. Its nice the original chest is there. I believe despite of the lack of age on this object it is desirable for quite a group of buyers I suspect. I would not be surprised if your chest with serving trays would fetch a price around the estimate I gave above.

Jim klein Dec 24, 04:11 UTC

These trays were advertised on Facebook Marketplace. A kind soul interpreted the characters and she indicated these trays were made not mid-20th century but in the 1920's. I want to trust your service, but it may well be that you did not have someone interpret the characters. Can you give this another go? I would appreciate clarification.

S.k. breider Dec 30, 09:06 UTC

This is the text on the Tomobako:

Kurashima seizō Kubota Shunkichirō zō' 鞍島久保田春吉郎造 (Made in Kurashima by Kubota Shunkichiro)

I do not see any sign of a date but its clear to me on the basis of style, wear, and appearance that we are not talking about an antique set.

I'm sorry to inform you.


Simon Breider

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