A gold and black lacquer matching set of a ryoshibako (document box) and suzuribako (writing box) and covers
Rimpa style, Edo Period, 19th century
Imitating a design by Ogata Korin, the matt gold and roiro ground of both boxes lacquered in gold, lead and raden takamakie, the flush-fitting covers of both the document and writing box decorated with stylised old pine trees growing on a hillock, with stylised lush seasonal flowers including trailing wisteria, sasa (bamboo grass) and Chinese bell flowers extending down the sides, the inside of the cover with a countrified, rural cottage on a hill beside a stream, the half moon in the distance, the inside of the suzuribako lid decorated with stems of kikyo, containing an ensuite removable gold lacquer tray for holding the inkstone and mizu-ire (missing), decorated with bamboo leaves; unsigned. The ryoshibako 15cm x 42cm x 33.2cm (5 15/16in x 16½in x 13 1/16in), the suzuribako 5.5cm x 27.7cm x 23.6cm (2 1/8in x 10 5/8in x 9¼in). (5).