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Lacquer rectangular suzuri’bako with cherry blossom

Price:  5.800,00

A very well-made, beautiful black lacquer rectangular suzuri’bako 硯箱 (writing box) with rounded corners. The well-fitted overhanging cover with a design of a lush cherry blossom tree 桜 (sakura) in full bloom with prominent recessed burls, and with a large silver full moon peeking through the branches.
Executed in gold and silver hiramaki-e 平蒔絵 (low-relief lacquer design) and takamaki-e 高蒔絵 (high-relief lacquer design) on a black ground, finished by gold lacquer rims.

The interior of the lid with an intricate design of a Chinese landscape with a temple in the mountains along a shore. The Chinese official, poet and calligrapher Toba is riding his mule across a bridge towards this temple nestled between craggy rockwork and various trees, like an impressive large pine tree. The maki-e design is set on a dense reddish gold nashiji substrate 梨子地 (sprinkled gold lacquer).

The box with a fitted tray housing an inkstone 硯 (suzuri) and a silver waterdropper 水滴 (suiteki). The trays design continuous with the theme: a pine tree and bamboo on a hill, with pine tree covered mountains on the horizon. The interior and bottom side of the box are also executed in nashiji.

Dimensions:
Height 4.8 cm, Width 23.8 cm, Depth 25.9 cm
Period: Late Edo period – Early Meiji period (19th century).

The box is in a very good condition with some traces consistent with age and use, like some minor age cracks and minimal flaking. For a clear condition reference, please look at the photos.

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

Ref. No. : 211204-1d

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