13 November 2003
A LACQUER TABIKUSHIBAKO (TRAVELLING COIFFURE BOX)
Edo Period (Mid-17th century)
Rectangular, with flush fitting lid and rounded corners, decorated in gold hiramaki-e, takamaki-e, and hirame, cut foil and inlaid in mother of pearl, the exterior with four lobed panels depicting a farmer with an ox laden with wheatsheafs, a river landscape, ducks among reeds, a pavilion among pinetrees, the cover with a pavilion in a river landscape, all bordered with a geometric design in mother of pearl, the front with a drawer with a sparse nashiji interior and with engraved silver ring fitting, the interior with scholar seated beneath bamboo playing a koto, with some old damage and restoration
5 1/8 in. (13 cm.) high; 8 2/3 in. (22.4 cm.) wide; 6¼ in. (16.6 cm.) deep
With Etienne Levy, Paris.
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This box retains certain features of the earlier Nanban style, including the use of mother of pearl in geometric border. However, the Kano School design of the panels suggests a date twoards the middle of the 17th century.
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