Sake bottle vase with mop clouds inlay

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For this sake-bottle vase, decorated with a Japanese landscape that was accidentally broken, I decided to use two particularly challenging and delicate techniques in addition to 24-carat gold kintsugi: burgautage and maki-e.

The first term comes from burgau, the common name for many mother-of-pearl-producing shellfish. This is the mystery ingredient of this restoration: finely chiselled mother-of-pearl in the shape of clouds, inlaid in natural black lacquer.

This traditional Japanese technique, known as Raden, demands meticulous, patient work: it requires a great deal of sanding and polishing, to achieve a perfectly smooth finish to the touch and a mirror-polished shine. With an added difficulty in the case of this piece: the surface is curved rather than flat, making inlaying all the more complex.

Maki-e means “sprinkled image” and is a traditional Japanese art. Fresh lacquer is sprinkled with gold to create a luminous decoration. I used this technique to complete my decor by drawing more clouds.

The result? A 23cm-high piece that has become absolutely unique. The alliance of two ancestral techniques and a noble-looking vase.

Extra info:
The mother-of-pearl used here is particularly precious: it comes from a very specific shellfish, the Turbo Marmoratus, famous for its many reflections ranging from green to fuchsia pink.



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23cm / 9inch

Certificate of Authenticity



Blue, Cream


24 carats Gold, Porcelain, Urushi (Japanese lacquer)

Food Safe



Kyoto, Japan

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