Offered by: Thomsen Gallery
9 East 63rd Street New York City, NY 10065 , United States Call Seller 212.288.2588


Set of Writing Box and Document Box with Poem Cards, ca 1920

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  • Description
    Set of Writing Box and Document Box with Poem Cards, ca 1920
    Maki-e gold lacquer on wood
    Size document box: 6½ x 15½ x 12 in. (16.3 x 39.6 x 30.4 cm)
    Size writing box: 2 x 9¾ x 9 in. (4.8 x 24.5 x 22.6 cm)

    Both rectangular with sumikiri (cut-off corners), inrōbuta (flush-fitting lids), and silver rims; the suzuribako (writing box) fitted with a frame with fude-oki (brush rests) to left and right supporting two fude (brushes) and a raised central section with recesses for suzuri (ink-griding stone) and suiteki (water dropper); both ryōshibako (document box) and suzuribako with wood substrate finished in highly polished blackened roiro lacquer and decorated in gold, aokin, silver, and colored takamaki-e and hiramaki-e with embellishments of gold hirame flakes and individually placed okibirame squares of gold foil; the exteriors of both boxes with overlapping scattered shikishi (squares of decorated paper); those on the suzuribako with designs including a bugaku dancer in the Ranryō-ō role, pine trees by a Shinto shrine, fall foliage at Arashiyama, two with lines of poetry; those on the ryōshibako with designs including pine trees by a mountain stream, a bugaku ōdaiko drum partially visible behind a nomaku (outdoor curtain), a bird on a branch of camellia, a mountain waterfall, the moon over Musashino plain, and lines of poetry; the interiors of both boxes finished in blackened roiro lacquer embellished with dense hirame gold flakes and decorated (except for the interior of the ryōshibako) in gold, aokin, and silver with some of the nanakusa (seven plants of early fall): kikyō, fujibakama, hagi, and ominaeshi, along with wild chrysanthemums, by a garden fence; the silver suiteki in the form of two overlapping shikishi with chrysanthemum blossoms, the suzuri with gold-lacquered rim

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  • More Information
    Origin: Japan
    Period: 1920-1949
    Creation Date: 1920
    Styles / Movements: Modern, Asian
    Dealer Reference #: T-4295
    Incollect Reference #: 637890
  • Dimensions
    W. 11.97 in; H. 6.42 in; D. 15.59 in;
    W. 30.4 cm; H. 16.3 cm; D. 39.6 cm;
Message from Seller:

Thomsen gallery, located in a townhouse on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, offers important Japanese paintings and works of art to collectors and museums worldwide. The gallery specializes in Japanese screens and scrolls; in early Japanese tea ceramics from the medieval through the Edo periods; in masterpieces of ikebana bamboo baskets; and in gold lacquer objects.

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