A Japanese black lacquer box
A Japanese black lacquer box

KICHOSAI (born c.1840)

A Japanese black lacquer box

c. 1870 to c. 1880 Japan

Offered by Sydney L Moss Ltd

£8,000 gbp
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Presumably intended for cosmetics, the box is decorated with trompe-l’œil rocks in iridescent silver and earth-red takamakie with inlays of aogai. Each rock is engraved with a single kanji character with alongside it a related 3–character inscription in gold hiramakie. The interior is plain apart from a scene of chidori above a stream in gold hiramakie beneath the cover. The characters and inscriptions refer to the names of a number of regions within Musashino Province (present day Tokyo and Saitama), names which largely disappeared in two reforms of 1871 and 1878 as a step to break with the han system associated with the earlier domains of the daimyo. The box may well have been made in commemoration of these changes.
Good condition
Ex collection: William Sturgis Bigelow and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Height 12.70 cm (5.00 inches)
Width 14.10 cm (5.55 inches)
Depth 6.10 cm (2.40 inches)
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Signed beneath: Kichosai.
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