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$ 8,000

Fine Japanese Suzuribako Box with Storage Box and Provenance

Origin Japan
Period 1900-1919
Materials lacquered wood, silver bronze and stone
W. 8.85 in; H. 2.125 in; D. 10 in;
W. 22.48 cm; H. 5.4 cm; D. 25.4 cm;
Condition Good. Wear consistent with age and use. Overall fine condition with some minor surface wear and patina. Oxidation on the silver foil as expected. Two minute scrapes on the bottom of the inner box with the ink stone touches, invisible otherwise.
Creation Date 1900-1920s
Description A striking and finely lacquered Suzuribako (writing box) with ink stone and bronze waterdrop from Japan circa late Meiji to early Taisho period (1900-1920s). Among a US collection purchased from a Christie's sale in 1997, the suzuribako has rounded corners and features a bold graphic design that is clearly influenced by the Rinpa style, yet the box appears unexpected modern and "Art Deco". Surrounding the bright red filed in the center that was intentionally left empty are thick bands of clouds formed by gold and silver foil inlay, and a high relief (Takamaki-e) nashiji field with large gold and silver square kirigane. On the lower portion, two raden (mother of pearl) cranes were set to a hill of textured pewter with green pines. Emphasizing the smooth lines that demarcate the borders of difference spaces, there is a masterful sense of spatial play at work. The bands spill down to the side in a continuous pattern, in keeping with the gentle curves of the overall appearance. The interior features a nashiji background with scrolling waves patterns in silver, subtle yet full of motions. A gilt bronze mizuire (waterdrop) and an ink stone befit the box. A kiri tomobako (wood storage box) comes with the suzuribako. It has a paper label with ink Kanji writing (roughly translated as "Red lacquer with Gold and Silver Maki-e Suzuribako") indicating the title with a line of poem that is not clear to read anymore.
The piece was purchased from Christie's sale8732 Japanese Work of Art in 1997. An original invoice accompanies the piece.
Styles / Movements Art Deco, Asian, Modern
Patterns Abstract, Animal/Insects, Asian/Oriental, Handmade
Incollect Reference Number 404220
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