22 September 2004,
Price realised USD 598
USD 2,000 - USD 2,500
A Lacquer and Wood Picnic Set (Sage Jubako)
Edo period (19th century)
The exterior surface of all pieces left undecorated to reveal the natural wood grain and covered with clear lacquer, the edges roiro-nuri and the interiors red lacquer; the set comprising a three-tier stacking box, a rectangular sweet tray set on four feet and decorated on the edges with silver lacquer simulating pewter, two rectangular boxes and a rectangular sake flask, the open carrying case fitted with a brass ring handle; removable smoking set comprising a stand decorated en suite to the picnic set, an ash cup, a receptacle for tobacco embers and a match box
12 1/16 x 11¾ x 7 7/8in. (32.8 x 30 x 20cm.)
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Arakawa Hirokazu, ed., Utage no tabino utsuwa: Bentobako (Bento boxes: Utensils for party and travel) (Tokyo: Shikosha, 1990), pl. 19.
Bentobako (Bento boxes), exh. cat. (Machida: Machida City Museum, 1985), no. 14.
This lot is offered without reserve.
Machida City Museum, "Bentobako" (Bento boxes), 1985.9.10--10.20
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