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Amano Shikki Co., Ltd.

天野漆器株式会社

Having flourished in the manufacturing industry and commerce since the Edo period, Takaoka city in Toyama prefecture became a production area of copperware and lacquerware known in Japan and the world. Amano Shikki Co., Ltd. was founded in 1892 in this historical town of traditional crafts and has been a wholesaler specializing and trading in high-end lacquerware such as home furnishings. They are now focusing on the planning and sales of lacquered decorative boxes and trays made by “aogai-nuri”, one of the traditional techniques of Takaoka lacquerware which is characterized by the decoration of mother-of-pearl inlay called “raden”. By using this technique, Takaoka lacquerware expresses decorations of various motifs of landscape, flowers and birds. The materials used for raden are abalone shells cut into thin slices of 0.1mm. In order to make lacquerware with shining shell inlay on smooth polished jet-black lacquer coating, a number of processes are needed to be meticulously executed by lacquer painting and raden artisans. Around the year 2009, Mr. Shinichi Amano who is the fifth generation president of the company succeeded in the commercialization of raden glass, a series of sake glass with decorations of raden lacquerware on the underside of the glass. When drinks are served in raden glasswares we can enjoy the patterns of the shell inlay floating on the surface of the liquid and the pleasure of use made this series a strong seller. The company continues to challenge itself to share the uniqueness of raden with the world.

江戸時代から商工業で栄えた富山県高岡市は、国内外で知られる銅器と漆器の産地である。この伝統工芸の歴史が息づく街で、天野漆器株式会社は1892年に創業。漆器問屋として、調度品などの高級漆器を取り扱ってきた。現在は、高岡漆器の伝統技法の一つで、螺鈿細工で山水・花鳥を描く「青貝塗」の小箱やお盆などを中心に企画販売している。螺鈿にはアワビの貝を約0.1mmの薄さに削ったものが使われており、塗師と螺鈿師の手による工程を重ねた後に、漆黒の滑らかな光沢に螺鈿が輝く漆器ができあがる。五代目の天野真一さんは、2009年頃、高岡漆器を代表する螺鈿細工を酒杯の底面に施した「螺鈿ガラス」の製品化に成功。酒を注ぐと螺鈿の模様が浮かびあがる、使う楽しさのある人気シリーズとなった。この新たな取り組みには、多様な絵柄を鮮やかに表現できる螺鈿の特性が生かされている。

Flagship Products

Raden Glass / Kaleidoscope Gold cup / Cherry blossoms

金杯 万華鏡

Jewel box / Cherry blossoms

長角小箱 桜

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