Kazari + Ziguzagu stock a carefully selected range of lacquer items - both contemporary and from earlier periods. There is something to suit every taste and budget, from streamlined contemporary pieces through to ornate gold and silver antique Japanese lacquerware.

Lacquer refers to the refined sap of the toxicodendron vernicifluum tree, which is dried through a complex curing process, the application of which results in an extremely durable, but toxic resin that can be polished to a mirror sheen. Japanese lacquerware history is rich with lacquer working techniques stretching back thousands of years. Originally from China and then being introduced throughout Asia and Japan. Today plastic has replaced use of lacquer and there are contemporary examples of this in many Japanese restaurants today. Long before this modern trend, lacquerware was being refined and polished into an art form by Japanese artisans. Examples of high quality antique lacquer will have very little to no tarnishing and all new lacquer is highly polished and very smooth.

Japanese lacquerware in particular is characterized by a myriad of decorative surface techniques that have evolved over the centuries, from the use of lacquer in contrasting colours through to the application of gold and silver leaf (maki-e), mother of pearl (raden) and eggshell, sometimes incorporated into elaborate raised designs. Kazari + Ziguzagu carry examples of Wakasa, Maki-e, Kamakura, Wajima and negoro lacquer. If you are after something more than DIY spray on lacquer from a hardware store, browse our range of lacquerware for that perfect vase or antique document box.

  • Antique Japanese Lacquer Tenugui-kake with gold Makie - L19001- Repairing

    Antique Japanese Lacquer Tenugui-kake with gold Makie - L19001- Repairing

    Antique Japanese lacquer Tenugui-kake (hand towel hanger) with gold Maki-e.

    From Edo period, 19th century.

    Dimensions: 64cm W x 23cm D x 53cm H


    Click and collect

    At checkout select the ‘Click and Collect’ shipping method. You will be contacted by a Kazari + Ziguzagu team member who will advise when you can collect your items. Items will be ready for collection within 1 business day and must be collected within 5 business days unless otherwise arranged.

    Charges apply for storage beyond the initial period. You may also decide to use the Click and Collect service if you have an existing/preferred carrier for interstate and international shipping.


    We can ship orders worldwide. Kazari + Ziguzagu uses competitive and reliable shipping services including but not limited to Auspost, DHL and local couriers and carriers, as well as art and antique specific interstate and international carriers.

    Shipping can be added at checkout for Domestic deliveries (Australia).

    Additional insurance may be required as standard insurance may not be sufficient to cover loss or damage of fragile or expensive items.

    For deliveries outside Australia, or for custom shipping quotes please contact us using the Enquiry form on this page.

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    Refunds & Returns

    Should you consider an item flawed or damaged upon delivery please email or call Kazari P/L within 5 business days of receipt of the goods quoting the original order/reference number and your reason for returning the item.

    If you are dissatisfied with your purchase for any reason other than a faulty or incorrect item, we cannot refund the goods however can offer a credit note, valid for 12 months from the date of return. In the case of online purchases all shipping costs, including packaging and postage charges for return of the item to be exchanged and dispatch of the replacement item are to be paid by the customer.

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