A fine gold lacquer suzuribako (writing box) and cover By Funabashi Shumin (born 1859), Meiji Period
Lot 401
A fine gold lacquer suzuribako (writing box) and cover By Funabashi Shumin (born 1859), Meiji Period
Sold for £32,450 (US$ 52,012) inc. premium

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A fine gold lacquer suzuribako (writing box) and cover By Funabashi Shumin (born 1859), Meiji Period A fine gold lacquer suzuribako (writing box) and cover By Funabashi Shumin (born 1859), Meiji Period A fine gold lacquer suzuribako (writing box) and cover By Funabashi Shumin (born 1859), Meiji Period
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A fine gold lacquer suzuribako (writing box) and cover
By Funabashi Shumin (born 1859), Meiji Period
The greenish-coloured nashiji ground of the overlapping cover embellished in gold, silver, togidashi and slight-coloured takamakie with a Winter evening scene of possibly Kofuku-ji in Nara; with the partly-obscured roofs of Sanjunoto on the left and Nanendo on the right, visible from amidst the pine trees, a large weeping willow growing on the river bank in the foreground, with the moon faintly reflected in the water, the discreet details highlighted in kirikane, the design extending over the sides of the lid and the box, the inside of the lid similarly lacquered with snow-covered reeds growing against the river stumps at the foot of the hillocks, against a background of distant mountains, the snow-laden reeds' motif and ducks swimming in the river continue to the inside of the fitted, ensuite, moveable tray that holds the suzuri inkstone, a silvered-metal water-dropper in the form of two overlapping squares decorated in gold hiramakie with two phoenixes in flight amidst flowering peony blossoms, an ink-stick holder, a knife, a spike, and two brushes, with kinji holders and silver fittings decorated with stylised snowflakes, the underside finished in rich nashiji; signed Funabashi Shumin in gold lacquer with tsubo-shaped seal, with two wood, double storage boxes. 4.5cm x 23cm x 26cm (1¾in x 9in x 10¼in). (11).

Footnotes

  • 奈良寺院冬景色図蒔絵硯箱 船橋舟珉作 明治時代

    The cover of the storage box reads:

    御硯箱 四季山水之図

    On suzuribako Shikisansui no zu (A writing box painted with the four seasons)

    And on the reverse:

    明治三十八年十二月九日 / 凱旋 / 聖上陛下親ら賜之 / 邦彦王謹記

    Meiji sanjuhachi-nen junigatsu kokonoka / Gaisen / Seijoheika mizukara kore o uketamawaru / Kuniyoshio tsutsushinde shirusu (Graciously presented by his Majesty the Emperor Mutsuhito upon my triumphant return on 9th December 1905, respectfully inscribed by Prince Kuniyoshi).

    The title of the box would suggest that this box is possibly one from a set of four. The inside of the storage box lid bears an inscription that alleges that the box was given directly by the Meiji Emperor Mutsuhito to Kuninomiya Kuniyoshio (1873-1929) upon his triumphant return in Meiji 38 (1905) after the Russo-Japanese War. This presentation is officially recorded in the 'Records of the Meiji Emperor' (Meiji tennoki); it describes how his son Prince Kuniyoshi was the only person to receive a gift of lacquer, a paper box and a writing box.

    Born in 1859, Shumin was a pupil of Uematsu Homin (1846-1899) and he was still active in 1909. He exhibited at domestic and foreign expositions and worked for the Imperial Family. He won many prizes including at the Fifth National Industrial Exhibition in 1903 and the St. Louis Exposition in 1904. His only recorded suzuribako with a view of summer trees is in the Baur Collection, recorded by Jan Dees, L'art japonais du lacque de 1900 a 1940 dans les collections Baur, Collections Baur 59, published by MOA Museum of Art, Kindai Nihon no shikkogei (Japanese lacquer of recent times), Atami 1983, p.106, no.58/1.
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