Little Japanese Shakudo vase with floral decoration of copper – SOLD

This little Japanese Shakudo vase is decorated with copper inlay. It has floral tendrils resembling Hedera. Over time the copper oxidized to red on a few spots (see photo of the leaves). As a result however, this combines beautifully with the dark patina created by this Shakudo copper haze.

Shakudo (赤銅) is originally a Japanese alloy of gold and copper (usually 4–10% gold, 96–90% copper). The color can be treated to develop a black glossy patina similar to lacquer.

This is an unpatinated Shakudo vase because of a shade of copper color instead of blue / gray. This however doesn't make the vase any less beautiful, but it sure makes it more affordable :-). This little Japanese Shakudo vase looks great with a single flower in it, but also makes a great impression on its own.

It can be dated to the beginning of the 20th century. We found this little beauty in a brocante in the east of France. Who knows where it has been standing and who was the first owner? Anyway, if you want to own it, this is your chance!


  • 21 cm. high
  • 9.5 cm. wide

If you like more shiny items, go and have a look at this silver-plated serving dish


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