Circular suzuri’bako 硯箱 (writing box) with heron design

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An exquisite lacquer suzuri’bako 硯箱 (writing box) of circular form depicting a flying heron 白鷺 (shirasagi) with its wings spread out.

The flush-fitting cover finished with a rim of silver, and its motif executed in takamaki-e 高蒔絵 (high-relief lacquer design) in different shades of gold on a glossy black lacquer ground 蝋色漆 (rôiro). The tailfeathers subtly rendered in gold and silver togidashi-e 研出蒔絵 (burnished lacquer design).

The interior of the cover bearing a densely sprinkled ground similarly decorated and with kirikane 切金 to depict a river with wooden planks and bamboo. Continued on the similarly lacquered interior of the box with a central raised section fitted with an oval inkstone 硯 (suzuri) and silver waterdropper, marked, in the form of a waning gibbous moon. The latter, reflecting the distinctive form of the writing box resembling a full moon.

Diameter 24.6 cm, Height 3.8 cm.
Period: Japan – Late 19th/ Early 20th century (Late Meiji period/Taishô period).

In a very good condition with minor wear and light surface. Please look at the photos for a clear condition reference.

Including original wooden tomobako 供箱 (storage box) with inscriptions in ink.

The design of the suzuribako was clearly inspired by the work of Ogata Korin (1658-1716) of the Rinpa school, which is particularly evident in the reeds on the interior of the cover.

When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.
Price including insured shipping.

Ref. No. : B3260-1d


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