17 September 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 5,625
Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 7,000
A Miniature Lacquer Writing Box (Suzuribako)
Edo period (19th century)
Rectangular, designed on the cover with the circular cycle of the twelve celestial stems in low-relief red, silver, gold and brown takamaki-e on a fundame ground encircling a central roundel of clouds inlaid in silver with the characters for "celestial stems," the rest of the cover and sides of the box okibirame; the underside of the lid laquered in red, silver, gold and black takamaki-e with a scholar's table set with brushes in a stand, a black inkstick and inkstone, a vase of red coral and gold-lacquer peacock feathers and books, bound in a cover rendered in gold kirigane, the surface of the table red lacquer ornamented with floral scroll and the background dense nashiji that continues to the lower box fitted with an inkstone, silver suiteki cast as two handscrolls and two brushes in fundame cases, the base also nashiji
3 3/8 x 3 1/16 x 3/8in. (8.6 x 7.7 x 1.7cm.)
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