‘Rinpa School’-style lacquer suzuri’bako 硯箱

Price:  8.500,00

Exceptional square ‘Rinpa School’-style black and gold lacquer suzuri’bako 硯箱 (writing box) with a slightly arched well-fitted lid with rounded corners.

The lid with a design of a wooden tub filled to the brim with blooming hortensia’s アジサイ科 (ajisaizoku). The flowers are made of large inlaid shiny pieces of engraved mother-of-pearl 螺鈿 (raden). The leaves and sprouting grasses are executed in gold and dark silver takamaki-e 高蒔絵 (high-relief lacquer design) surrounded by small raised dots. The tub is made of lovely inlaid oxidized silver textured really well to represent wood heightened by two mother-of-pearl inlaid bands.
The background is lacquered black with an ombre effect overflowing in gold detailed with some mother-of-pearl teardrop-shaped sprouts. The design continues on the rounded sides of the lid.

The reverse-side decorated with low and high maki-e depicting irises 花菖蒲 (hanashôbu) along the river bank, of which some of the flowers are inlaid with mother-of-pearl . The golden river with some slightly raised opalescent whirls, and the riverbank executed in texturized inlaid silver.

The interior featured with several compartments to house different scholar’s accessories, surrounded by the same iris design on a black lacquer substrate. On the left side an inkstone 硯 (suzuri) and a waterdropper 水滴 (suiteki) are housed. The golden brass suiteki engraved with an iris design, which is placed in a brass lined slot with a separate ribbed rim.

Height 4.8 cm, Width 23 cm, Depth 24.1 cm
Period: Japan – Early Meiji period (Second half 19th century).

The box is in a very good condition with some minimal traces consistent with age. Please look at the photos of two tiny missing pieces of mother-of-pearl. For a clear condition reference, please look at the photos as well.

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

The Rinpa School 琳派 was a key part of the Edo period revival of indigenous Japanese artistic interests described by the term yamato-e. Paintings, textiles, ceramics, and lacquerwares were decorated by Rinpa artists with vibrant colours applied in a highly decorative and patterned manner. Favoured themes, which often contained evocative references to nature and the seasons, were drawn from Japanese literature, notably The Tale of Genji, The Tales of Ise, and Heian-period poems composed by courtiers. (From the MET museum).

When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.

Ref. No. : B1266


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