Antique Japanese suzuki-bako, calligraphy box. Lacquered with a profusion of wildflowers in gold maki-e technique on black lacquer ground. The underside of the lid is beautifully preserved with more wild flowers growing near a swirling stream. This scene is also rendered in maki-e but includes some flashes of red leaves and a silvery moon on a black lacquer ground with clouds of nashiji. The inside of the box has more fine nashiji clouds on a black ground and contains an ink stone and a copper water dropper. Both the body of the box and the lid are rimmed in silver.
Age: Edo Period (1603-1867)
Dimensions: 10″ long x 8 3/4″ wide x 2″ high