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
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.
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