Funabashi Shumin was a pupil of Uematsu Homin (see lot ---). He won a silver medal at the Louisiana Purchase Exhibition in 1904. The last recorded data about the artist is the bronze medal he won at an exhibition in Tokyo in 1914.
For another imperial presentation box (tebako) by Funabashi Shumin see T. Goke, J. Hutt and E. W. Wrangham, Meiji no takara: Treasures of Imperial Japan, Lacquer (London: Kibo Foundation, 1995), vol. 2, no. 230; also Jan Dees, "Japanese Imperial Presentation Boxes 1900-1930", Oriental Art vol. 43, no. 1 (1997), fig. 5, p. 4.