Condition: Excellent, Great
This is Japanese lacquered Bento Box was typically given at weddings. This box would have held secret treasures such as rice and tea cakes for the bride and groom.
This piece is from the late Taisho or Showa period (1920). The foundation of the piece is wood and finished with a lacquer maki-e, decorated with a Sakura (cherry) tree, cranes and moon in the background, and high-lighted with Mother of Pearl and inlay (Raden).
Dimensions: 4-3/4” square x 6-3/8” h (stand: 51/2” x 2-3/4” h)
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection