Offered by: Tishu
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Large Japanese Lacquer Box Early Edo Period

$ 13,500
  • Description
    A large lacquer Ryoshibako (Paper Box in Japanese) finely decorated with Maki-e circa 17th century early Edo period. The box is of an impressive size and was used to store paper documents. Both sides of the lid were elaborately decorated with maki-e and the edge was befitted with lead rim, an early practice before the silver rim became common later. The interior and base were finished in Nashiji. The night scene on top surface of the lid depicts flocks of chidoris flying in formation from a sea shore swaying with reeds under a full moon, using hiramaki-e in both gold and silver. Ribbons of clouds were achieved with different densities of gold powder. The underside, in contrast, shows a crescent moon in takamaki-e above the sea with ferns and reeds. Chidoris, the plovers, are symbolic in Japanese culture as "thousands of blessings" and longevity. The Namichidori, the pattern in which the chidori flies in the nami (wave) represents the eternal love and safety of couples and families. For detailed references on the historical background and the use of chidoris on lacquerware, see the reference below.
    This very lacquer box was featured for sale as lot 339 in Christie's London Sale Japanese Art and Design Nov 10, 2004. Copies of catalog pages available upon request.
    The lacquer box comes with a wood storage box which is quite worn, as shown.
    Condition: Wear consistent with age and use. Fine antique condition, well preserved with integrity and patina. Small scattered nicks along the edges and on the surface (only typical examples are shown), some wear on the lead rim, scratches and wears to base and corners. Storage box very worn.
  • More Information
    Origin: Japan
    Period: Pre 18th Century
    Materials: lacquered wood
    Condition: Good. fine with small nicks wear on the base see description for details
    Creation Date: 17th century
    Styles / Movements: Bespoke, Asian, Traditional
    Patterns: Animal/Insects, Asian/Oriental, Handmade
    Incollect Reference #: 411725
  • Dimensions
    W. 12.8 in; H. 6 in; Diam. 15.5 in;
    W. 32.51 cm; H. 15.24 cm; Diam. 39.37 cm;
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