Antique Japanese lacquer suzuri bako (writing box) and matching large stationary box inspired by Korin Ogata of the Rinpa School tradition. The larger box was used for writing paper while the smaller box was used for writing implements. Inside the suzuri bako is an ink stone and a metal water dropper. Both boxes are decorated entirely with a highly raised design of blossoming cherry branches on a gold lacquer ground. Each flower is made of inlaid shell. The interiors of both boxes are lacquered gold.
Age: Taisho Period (1912-1926)
Dimensions: Large Box 5 1/2″ high x 15 1/2″ long x 12 1/4″ wide. Small box 2″ high x 9 5/8″ long x 8 1/4″ wide