Japan, 18th to 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)
Of rectangular form with rounded corners, the sides of the box and top of the cover with a roiro ground finely decorated in iro-e takamaki-e, hiramaki-e, and e-nashiji to depict stylized chrysanthemum blossoms with reeds, grasses, leaves, and other flowers, further with a river and rolling hills, the interior of the cover similarly decorated with two ducks swimming in a stream amid craggy rockwork, reeds, and lotus, also decorated with gold kirigane, the interior of the box with gold hiramaki-e to depict crickets and swirling lines against a roiro ground and fitted with a suzuri (inkstone).
SIZE 6 x 23.5 x 26 cm
Condition: The exterior of the cover with shallow cracks with associated old repair and minor touchups, further with minor staining, few small chips and tiny nicks, minor age cracks, and surface wear. The suiteki (waterdropper) is lost. Overall in good, presentable condition.
Provenance: Ex-collection René Vittoz. René Vittoz (1904-1992) was a Swiss scholar of Romance languages and a teacher of French and art history. He authored several books, including ‘Essai sur les Conditions de la Poesie Pure’ and a play, ‘L’ivresse de Noé’ (Drunkenness of Noah). He was also a painter and a passionate collector of Asian and European works of art. After his death, a number of works in his collection were auctioned at Christie’s.
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