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$ 4,500

Japanese Lacquer Jewelry Box Rinpa School Meiji Period

Origin Japan
Period 19th Century
Materials lacquered wood with inlay
W. 4.5 in; H. 6 in; D. 4.5 in;
W. 11.43 cm; H. 15.24 cm; D. 11.43 cm;
Condition Good. Wear consistent with age and use. patina and surface wear commensurate with age. Minute nicks and scratches on the edges from handling. Minor fading, rubbing and general contact wear on the base.
Creation Date 19th century
Description A beautiful Japanese jewelry box in the form of a portable cabinet with handle on top, a removable door and three inner drawers. The lacquered box was lavishly decorated on surface in the Rinpa School style. In contrast with a black kuro urushi background, stylized Japanese lilies flowers and dragonflies were highlighted dramatically, using large and thick gold and pewter sheet interspersed with shell inlay (Kanagai and Raden in Japanese respectively). The box is signed and sealed as Ogata Korin (1658-1716), who with his brother Ogata Kenzan (1663–1743), were the key members of the Rinpa school in Edo period. Although the box was likely made in Meiji period in the style of Korin, its design completely embraces the spirit of Rinpa school; Bold, graphic and enigmatic, the stylized rendition instilled the essence and possible motions from the basic forms of its subjects without overly concerning the details. The alternate use of the gold, pewter and shell created an overall harmonious design but also continuously interesting focal points as one turns the box. The three inner drawers were decorated with swaying autumn grasses in gold maki-e. The patinated brass hardware is original and of the period.
Styles / Movements Asian, Baroque, Traditional
Patterns Animal/Insects, Asian/Oriental, Handmade
Incollect Reference Number 401141
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