Maki-e Rinpa Suzuribako, Calligraphy Set, Lacquerware

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Title: Golden Calligraphy Set Box with Plum Blossoms, Rinpa Suzuribako
Date: 18th century
Dimension: 21.8 x 24.5 cm

Original Japanese antique.

A late 18th century calligraphy set box of rectangular form with an integral ink stone and a fitted case. The golden kinji coated lid is decorated with an image of a blossoming plum tree in silver and gold takamakie with kirigane details. The inside of the lid has a landscape with gnarled pine and peach trees, also a tea house next to a weeping willow tree all in similar techniques on nashiji background. Cloud shrouded moon and the willow tree indicate the passage of time; the pine and peach trees represent passing of a generation.

Rinpa is one of the major historical schools of Japanese painting created in Kyoto in the 17th century. The stereotypical standard painting in the Rinpa style involves simple natural subjects such as birds, plants and flowers, with the background filled in with gold leaf.


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Size21.8 x 24.5 cm
Condition ReportMinor cracks on lid interior. Some scratches on fittings.
SubjectFlowers & Botanical
Product Date18th century