A LACQUER CHABAKO [TEA BOX], MOMOYAMA-EDO PERIOD, LATE 16TH-EARLY 17TH CENTURY
A LACQUER CHABAKO [TEA BOX], MOMOYAMA-EDO PERIOD, LATE 16TH-EARLY 17TH CENTURY
A LACQUER CHABAKO [TEA BOX], MOMOYAMA-EDO PERIOD, LATE 16TH-EARLY 17TH CENTURY
A LACQUER CHABAKO [TEA BOX], MOMOYAMA-EDO PERIOD, LATE 16TH-EARLY 17TH CENTURY
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A LACQUER CHABAKO [TEA BOX], MOMOYAMA-EDO PERIOD, LATE 16TH-EARLY 17TH CENTURY

Estimate: 15,000 - 20,000 GBP

A LACQUER CHABAKO [TEA BOX], MOMOYAMA-EDO PERIOD, LATE 16TH-EARLY 17TH CENTURY

Estimate: 15,000 - 20,000 GBP

Lot Sold:27,500GBP

Lot Details

Description

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

Condition Report

- As can be seen in the photograph, there is some wear to the sliver foil inscription.

- Some old wear to the gold lacquer.


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

Cataloguing

Provenance

Itō family, Japan

Literature

Hiraki Uichiro, Jidai Makie Kyu-shitsu Shu-sei, (Tokyo, 1939), vol.1, p. 35-36.

Catalogue Note

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].

Fine Japanese Art
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