Another of my many Japanese Antique dealer auction acquisitions:

This Meiji era Japanese ozen is a traditional Japanese tea ceremony tray used for special occasions. It is painted with over 20 layers of black lacquer. The box it was stored in (see picture 2) (not included) indicates that it came in a set of ten to serve 10 people (all 10 trays remain and will be sold one at a time each week). The box also says that it was owned by the Onoue clan. They are still wrapped individually in the original mulberry paper from 100 years ago.

It was used in its day to serve tea, sake, or small cakes used in tea ceremony. It is very solid and would make an elegant service tray for hors d'oeuvres, tea, sake or wine. Similar trays are still made in Japan today, but at a cost of over $400 per tray. This one is over 100 years old guranteed and, having been in storage for over a century (only used for special occasions), it still remains in excellent condition . You can see some of the original wood grain under the lacquer in places, as well as a small knothole (see picture 11). Measures 10 3/4" square by 1 3/4" high (27 x 4.5 cm)

You'll love it, I guarantee it.........If you purchase this item and are not completely delighted with it, you may return it for a no questions asked refund within 14 days of receipt.