Small Japanese antique jewelry box, decorated all over with scenes of tiny chrysanthemums made of gold and silver mixed metal inlay on a gold lacquer (kinji) ground. The tiny safe box door is hinged and opens to reveal a scene of a golden bird on a blossoming plum branch near a fence. This scene spans both the interior of the door and three tiny interior drawers. The blossoms are made of gold and silver lacquer and the ground is a lovely dense and fine nishiji (gold flecks). Each drawer is completely covered in nishiji lacquer inside and out. The hardware is fashioned of bronze and silver. This tiny, rare box exemplifies the very finest of Meiji Period lacquerware.
Meiji Period (1868-1912)
Dimensions: 4 1/4″ high x 3 1/8″ wide x 4 3/4″ deep.