Taqmy features antique products curated by the SHINISE staff. Each handcrafted item showcases a timeless aesthetic and mastery of craft. The works have been carefully handed down through the generations and are in excellent condition.
This is a stamp tray used for carefully presenting money envelopes, crafted by Tamashima Miki, a Maki-e artist of the Taisho Era, based on the sketch of a bell cricket by Issei Domoto. The bell cricket holds high status in Japan. Buddhists in the Kegonji Temple in Kyoto raise thousands of bell crickets in bamboo cages so they can meditate on the beautiful ringing sound they make through their wings. Due to the rarity of bell crickets, they are also a symbol of true love and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities in Japanese literature.
Sakura Momiji plate
Reminisce on the beautiful spring and autumn leaves of Kyoto with this lacquer serving platter. Made in 1882 by Kenchiya Seibei, a maki-e artist in Kyoto, this serving platter is decorated with cherry blossoms and autumn leaves, symbols of Kyoto. The warm satiny tones and the gentle sheen of lacquer give this platter an elegant look that’s sure to impress at every opportunity.
Vessel and cup
Sake vessel and cup
Enrich your sake drinking experience with this stunning sake cup set coated with red lacquer and dazzling gold leaves. Historically, lacquerware has been considered the most prestigious and formal cup to drink sake with. With this sake cup set, you can have the daily luxury of enjoying the most authentic sake drinking experience in the comfort of your home. Filled with Japanese tradition and craftsmanship, this will be the perfect holiday gift for all the sake lovers in your life!
Lacquer plate - bird
Developed a thousand years ago during the Heian period, maki-e is an exemplary lacquerware technique that involves using gold and silver dust with layers of varnish to produce an image. The intricate design is created with Japan’s national bird, the pheasant, as its motif. Every detail is lovingly drawn by artisans with a true sense for perfection.
carved lacquer plate - flower
These elegant lacquer plate with intricate flower patterns were made utilizing the “Chinkin(Gold Inlay)” technique, which involves engraving designs and pictures using a chisel or a blade, then sticking or rubbing in gold powder and gold foil to add color on the lacquerware. In contrast to the “lacquering” of maki-e, chinkin is a “carving” technique, so every carving is a true challenge. Once the cutting begins there is no room for error. When you carefully observe the design, you will feel the bottomless depth of profundity and the true sense of perfection and attention to detail put into these pieces of artwork.
Red Fuji refers to Mt. Fuji being illuminated by the morning sun from late summer to early autumn. It is a symbol of good luck in Japan because it is rarely seen.
Snow, moon, flowers
Cherry blossoms in spring, the moon in autumn, and snow in winter are three symbolic materials that have formed the basis of the Japanese spirit of elegance since the Heian period (794-1185), and have become the foundation of aesthetic life.