Echizen Lacquerware with a 1,500-year history, for which lacquer is the most important
In recent years, Sabae City in Fukui is famous for glasses. However, this region has been originally a Mecca of lacquerware which is collectively called “Echizen Lacquerware”. Its history goes back to the Yamato/Asuka era. The anecdote that Emperor Keitai admired a shining lacquer black bowl and greatly promoted the lacquerware has been passed down to the present. The lacquerware has been loved and its technique has been succeeded for roughly 1,500 years.
Set of five soup bowls with lacquer artwork of vegetables (115mm in diameter x 66mm in height) 12,960 yen (including tax, the same applies hereinafter.)
(Photo: Kyuemon Maruyama, the same applies hereinafter.)
Using carefully selected lacquer from all over Japan
The feature of Echizen Lacquerware is the quality of lacquer which surprised even the emperor 1,500 years ago. People who are craftworkers of Echizen lacquerware and members of a lacquer expert group called “Echizen-shu” traveled all over the nation to collect lacquer. Vessels using such lacquer greatly shine and fit in your hand.
As characterized by the high quality of lacquer, Echizen lacquerware has relatively modest decorations (painting) in general. Presently, vessels with modern color paintings have been produced as shown above.
Bowl with carved black peony (191mm in diameter x 52mm in height) 5,400 yen
Like this bowl with chic carvings, tableware which is naturally fit for modern dining table has been produced. We can understand that lacquerware has continued to evolve day by day. All products introduced here were made by using wooden base and genuine lacquer. However, with a progressive spirit, mass production of Echizen lacquerware started by introducing synthetic resin base and artificial lacquer earlier. Such vessels has accounted for nearly 80% of lacquerware for business use.
Dishes with gold and silver clouds (Gold/Silver 5 pieces each) (180mm in width x 132mm in length x 32mm in height) 18,000 yen
Nonetheless, if you wish to enjoy lacquerware at home thoroughly, it is better to get traditional lacquerware using a wooden base and genuine lacquer. We especially recommend “Maruyama Kyuemon” with five experienced craftworkers and a large selection of high-quality Echizen lacquerware.