A LACQUER CHABAKO [TEA BOX], MOMOYAMA-EDO PERIOD, LATE 16TH-EARLY 17TH CENTURY
the rectangular box with flush-fitting cover and canted top, decorated in red and gold hiramaki-e and takamaki-e on a black ground with panels depicting karashishi, Hitomaro (Kakinomoto Hitomaro) seated beneath the tree, a pavilion beside willow and maple branches, the borders with scattered florets, the cover inlaid in silver foil with an inscription, copper ring fittings
21 cm., 8 2/8 in. long
- As can be seen in the photograph, there is some wear to the sliver foil inscription.
- Some old wear to the gold lacquer.
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Itō family, Japan
Hiraki Uichiro, Jidai Makie Kyu-shitsu Shu-sei, (Tokyo, 1939), vol.1, p. 35-36.
The lacquer researcher Yoshino Tomio (1885–1961) wrote on the fitted box in 1934, documenting that this rare object was handed down in the Ito family. He notes that the chabako [tea box] was designed after the classic style of the Song dynasty and its drawing style emphasises the characteristic of the Momoyama period. He suggests a stylistic similarity of the karashishi [Chinese lions] with Kano Eitoku’s byobu [screen] depicting karashishi [Chinese lions].