AN IMPERIAL PRESENTATION SUZURIBAKO [WRITING BOX],
MEIJI PERIOD, EARLY 20TH CENTURY
the large, square box with overhanging cover decorated in gold hiramaki-e on a gold nashiji ground, designed on the exterior and interior with large, imperial sixteen-petal chrysanthemum medallions Kinji in low relief interspersed with medallions outlined in gold lacquer and silhouetted on the nashiji ground, fitted in the lower section of the box with a silver-mounted implement tray which holds a brush and an ink cake holder, and on the left in fitted slots, a paper knife and paper-pricker, each of the utensils in identical mounts lacquered with gold chrysanthemum scroll on a nashiji ground, the pricker and knife blade silver, the large mizuire of silver cast as a pair of joined chrysanthemums which resemble the two types of chrysanthemum medallions ornamenting the box, the large rectangular inkstone placed in the central section of the tray lacquered on the sides and base in nashiji and fundame rims, the rims of the cover in silver-glit; wood storage box inscribed on the cover that the box was presented by the Emperor Meiji to Count Hisamoto Hijikata on January 4, 1911 (Meiji 44.1.4)
28.9 cm, 11 3/8 in.
Count Hisamoto Hijikata
Stephen Little and Edmund J. Lewis View of the Pinnacle, Japanese Lacquer writing boxes (Hawaii, 2011), no.75 pp.194-195