‘Rinpa School’-style suzuri’bako 硯箱 (writing box) with carriage design

Price:  8.500,00

Superb rectangular ‘Rinpa School’-style black lacquer suzuri’bako 硯箱 (writing box) with a slightly arched well-fitted overhanging cover with rounded corners.

The lid with a design of a gosho’guruma 御所車 (ox-drawn carriage for Heian-era nobles) featuring golden hiramaki-e 平蒔絵 (low-relief lacquer design) and takamaki-e 高蒔絵 (high-relief lacquer design), inlays of lead and shiny mother-of-pearl 螺鈿 (raden). The design continues along the sides.

The reverse of the lid decorated with two large curving pine trees 松 (matsu) executed in the same way, but also with intricate dots of tiny pieces of inlaid blue mother-of-pearl along the golden trunk.

The interior shaped to hold various scholar’s accessories, including a partially gold lacquered inkstone 硯 (suzuri) and a bronze waterdropper 水滴 (suiteki) shaped like a mythical minogame 蓑亀.

The interior inscribed ‘Hokkyô Kôrin zô’ 法橋光琳造 (Made by Hokkyô Kôrin). Referring to the design being in style of the master Ogata Kôrin, but the actual lacquer artist is unknown. It is a homage to Kôrin by an artist that followed the school of Rinpa.

Height 5.3 cm, Width 20.5 cm, Depth 22.5 cm
Period: Japan – 19th century (Late Edo period/Early Meiji period).

In a very good original condition with minimal signs of wear conform age. Please take a close look of a minimal chip left of ink stone holder, and along a rim of the inkstone. For a clear condition reference, please look at the photos as well.

Including black lacquer wooden tomobako 供箱 (tomobako).

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.
Price including insured shipping.

Ref. No. : B2278-1d bg24


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