black lacquered, high walled tray with crescent-shaped cutouts on sides near top; simple, silver wavelike pattern painted on each side; celadon glazed cup with vertical incised lines and incised square motif around lip; small bamboo cylinder

Tobacco tray with wave design [one of a pair], 1920s-1930s

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This simple tobacco set would be placed as a courtesy in the covered seating area outside of a tea house. The trays are sparsely decorated with rolling waves rendered as sketches of silver against a black ground. The set was regularly used, as evidenced by the light underpinnings of red showing through where the black overcoat has worn away, and the remnants of tobacco ash in the celadon ceramic jar.

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Title
Tobacco tray with wave design [one of a pair]
Artist Life
1866 - 1942
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2013.29.73.1a-c
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black lacquered, high walled tray with crescent-shaped cutouts on sides near top; simple, silver wavelike pattern painted on each side; celadon glazed cup with vertical incised lines and incised square motif around lip; small bamboo cylinder