Rinpa School-style suzuri’bako

Price:  900,00

A rectangular Rinpa School-style suzuri’bako 硯箱 (writing box) with rounded corners made of kiri (paulownia) wood with a nice dark brown patina.

The lid decorated with a monk standing at the edge of a slope looking towards a waning three-quarter moon. Rendered in inlays of shiny white mother-of-pearl, lead and silver heightened by gold lacquer details.

Along the left side, almost illegibly, signed ‘Hokkyô Kôrin’ 法橋光琳 and sealed
‘Hoshuku’ 方祝. 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.

The reverse of the cover decorated with a field of horsetails with a bundle of cut stalks at the side with a sickle inserted. Above a poem in golden maki-e 蒔絵 (lacquer design). Set on a black lacquer ground. The interior of the box lacquered black as well.

Height 3.1 cm, Width 15.2 cm, Depth 22.8 cm
Period: 19th century – (Late Edo period/Early Meiji period).

The box is in a good original condition with some traces of wear consistent with age, like lacquer cracks along the inner rims and minor imperfections on the outer rims. A small tip of the lead in front is slightly loose. These irregularities are hardly visible and do not detract from the totality of the object. Please have a close look at the photos for a condition reference.

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. : B2085


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