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$ 3,800

Fine Japanese Set of Lacquer Maki-e Box with Tray Meiji Period

Origin Japan
Period 19th Century
Materials Wood lacquer
W. 6 in; H. 3 in; D. 7 in;
W. 15.24 cm; H. 7.62 cm; D. 17.78 cm;
Condition Good. Wear consistent with age and use. fine condition, a couple of nicks and dings on the edge of the tray and some contact wear on the base of the box, all as shown.
Creation Date 19th century
Number of Pieces 2-3
Description The set consists of a hand box (tebako) with silver metal trim and a matching under tray in black lacquer background with fine maki-e decoration. The motifs on the surface was created using low relief maki-e (hiramakie) in combination with gold fundame, depicting an arrangement of seasonal plants traditionally associated with autumn in Japanese culture. On the cover of the tebako, a Japanese clematis flower takes the center stage. On the lower part demarcated with a silvery semi-sphere, Patrinia (golden laces, Ominaeshi in Japanese) sways in the wind. On the side of the box, there grows a cluster of Chinese bell flowers (known as Kikyo in Japanese). On the tray, the vines of the clematis continue to crawl serving as a visual link with the box, in additional to more Patrinia, bush clover (Hagi in Japanese) and fringed pinks (Nadeshike) are also featured. Out of the seven autumn plants that are poetically appointed to the autumn, five are represented on this piece (not including pampas grass and arrowroot).
The under tray features a slighted carved surface with rounded corner, made to confine the shape of the box. It has four feet under. Both the interior of the box and the underside of the tray is decorated with nashiji.
This is a very fine and well preserved example of Japanese lacquerware from the Meiji period.
Styles / Movements Asian, Bespoke, Traditional
Patterns Asian/Oriental, Florals/Botanical
Incollect Reference Number 403852
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