Condition: Excellent

Japanese Black Lacquer Ryoshibako | Large Document Box | Japanese Lacquer Art |1925 -1930

A fine example of a Japanese Ryoshibako, (Document Box), from the Meiji period, (early 20th century), for which the method of artwork is attributed to Ogata Korin, a famous painter of screen pictures and other genres and who introduced this type of ornamentation. This rectangular document box has a vaulted top with rounded corners, with a wonderful trefoil cutout giving definition to the lid which assists in the ease of its removal. The overall motif is depicting a raging sea with wild waves, (Hamon shu), pounding over the shoreline, in which the design raps over the sides of the lid and executed in maki-e. He utilizes inlaid glistening mother-of-pearl to finish off the crest of the wave as it overturns, which adds to the overall elegance of the drawing. A pewter simulated rock on the bottom left hand corner and side adds to the overall elegance of the piece.  Condition: Excellent with minor surface scratches consistent of age and minimal use. No warping, splitting or cracking particularly on the beautiful fashioned corners. Dimensions: 16-0”L x 12-1/2w x 4-1/2”d

Additional Information—

From the Showa Period (1926-1989) and until now, people have shown appreciation for things traditional, practical and beautiful. Japanese lacquerware stands out as a functional and esthetically pleasing alternative to the generic mass produced pieces of today.

Todigdashi makie: the design is covered with lacquer layers and the surface is polished completely smooth with or without hand painting.

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