• Japanese and Korean Art  auction at Christies

    Sale 2193

    Japanese and Korean Art

    17 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1006

    A Lacquer Writing Box (Suzuribako) and Matching Document Box (Bunko)


    Price Realised  


    A Lacquer Writing Box (Suzuribako) and Matching Document Box (Bunko)
    Edo period (18th-19th century), Signed Toyo [Iizuka Toyo II (1766?-1844?)] and with kao (cursive monogram) and sealed Kanshosai in; Lacquered Plum by Otani Yojuro
    The writing box square, decorated on the cover in two-colored gold takamaki-e with embellishments of hiramaki-e and kirigane with blossoming plum branches on a red mokume ground, the ends of the branches continuing to the sides of the box, the underside of the lid decorated with an open fan lacquered in sumi-e togidashi with bamboo and a kinji ground, a partially open fan lacquered in gold with cranes in low relief flying over waves and a closed fan of gold and brown togidashi clouds with red-lacquer sticks, the underside of lid signed in gold lacquer Toyo and with kao, the open fan signed Kanshosai; the lower interior fitted with a rectangular inkstone, metal suiteki with traces of gilding cast with flowers on a stippled ground in a rectangular removable tray of nashiji disks on a black ground sprinkled with sparser nashiji, which is repeated on the removable untensil tray, lower interior and ground of the lid

    The document box matching with a proportionately larger blossoming plum extending more elaborately to the sides of the box, the underside of the lid lacquered with seven fans, one in gold takamaki-e with pines and a sumi-e togidashi riverscape, one gold lacquer with waves in hiramaki-e, one partially closed with cloud motifs in togidashi and red sticks, one with kinji hiramaki-e plovers over waves, one with silver sky and red clouds with red sticks, one closed gold-lacquer fan, and one open fan with red and gold dianthus flowers on a rogin and nashiji ground and red sticks, signed Toyo and sealed Kanshosai in, the ground of the cover and lower interior matching the nashiji grounds of the writing box
    Writing box 9 1/16 x 8 7/16 x 1¼in. (23.1 x 21.4 x 3.4cm.); document box 15 3/8 x 11¾ x 3 5/8in. (39 x 29.7 x 9.3cm.)
    With wood storage boxes ascribing the lacquer to Iizuka Toyo and the lacquering of the plum trees to Otani Yojuro (2)

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