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A BASKETWORK BUNKO [BOX FOR STATIONERY]
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A BASKETWORK BUNKO [BOX FOR STATIONERY]

UNSIGNED, EDO PERIOD (17TH-18TH CENTURY)

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A BASKETWORK BUNKO [BOX FOR STATIONERY]
UNSIGNED, EDO PERIOD (17TH-18TH CENTURY)
The black lacquered basketwork ground decorated in takamaki-e, lead and raden with a heron standing in a stream amid iris, water hollyhock and reeds, the rims of the box and cover with karakusa in gold hiramaki-e over roiro, the interior with butterflies flying over pampas grass and the edges in fundame
27.3cm.
Literature
For a similar bunko, but without any decoration apart from the rims, see Illustrated Catalogues of Tokyo National Museum, Lacquered furniture: Stationery (Tokyo, 1985).
The interior and rims are in the style of the studio of Hon'ami Koetsu, 1558-1637, and the decoration on the top of the cover may have been added in the 18th century, probably by Nagata Yuji; the interior of the cover of a suzuribako by Yuji is illustrated in Nihon no Shitsuge, Vol. IV; the work in the takamaki-e and the shell and lead inlays is very similar to the work on the present piece.
A similar box, from the period 1600-1615 is illustrated in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, East Asian Lacquer, The Florence and Herbert Irving Collection, (New York, 1992).
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