The cover of this densely-grained antique Japanese paulownia, (kiri), wood writing box, (suzuribako), is decorated in low relief lacquer with black, gold and red makie in a design of flowers, bamboo and grasses. This complete set is from the Taisho period (1912-1926). The interior of the box, which has Negoro lacquer throughout, holds the ink stone, small ink stick, a smooth reddish-copper water dropper, (suiteki), and two original brushes also decorated in red and black Negoro lacquer. All housed in a signed wooden kiriwood storage box. Condition: Excellent and complete set. Dimension: 9-1/4”L x 4-0”w x 1-1/4”d.
Additional Information —
A suzuribako is a traditional Japanese writing box made to hold a set of implements for calligraphy. Within the box, one typically finds a black ink stone, a metal water dropper which can be removed and filled with water with a tiny opening or spout at the edge allowing the calligrapher to wet the stone’s surface in a controlled manner. Liquid ink is created by rubbing the ink stick’s tip lightly on the moistened stone, using a circular motion, and adding water to dilute the ink as necessary.
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