ARTIST UNKNOWN 作者不詳 WRITING BOX WITH AUSPICIOUS DESIGNS, IN THE SHAPE OF A CHILD'S BURIBURI TOY 松竹亀蒔絵振振形硯箱 Meiji era (1868–1912), late 19th–early 20th century
Lot 13*
ARTIST UNKNOWN 作者不詳 WRITING BOX WITH AUSPICIOUS DESIGNS, IN THE SHAPE OF A CHILD'S BURIBURI TOY 松竹亀蒔絵振振形硯箱
Meiji era (1868–1912), late 19th–early 20th century
£15,000 - 20,000
US$ 20,000 - 27,000

Lot Details
ARTIST UNKNOWN 作者不詳 WRITING BOX WITH AUSPICIOUS DESIGNS, IN THE SHAPE OF A CHILD'S BURIBURI TOY 松竹亀蒔絵振振形硯箱 Meiji era (1868–1912), late 19th–early 20th century ARTIST UNKNOWN 作者不詳 WRITING BOX WITH AUSPICIOUS DESIGNS, IN THE SHAPE OF A CHILD'S BURIBURI TOY 松竹亀蒔絵振振形硯箱 Meiji era (1868–1912), late 19th–early 20th century ARTIST UNKNOWN 作者不詳 WRITING BOX WITH AUSPICIOUS DESIGNS, IN THE SHAPE OF A CHILD'S BURIBURI TOY 松竹亀蒔絵振振形硯箱 Meiji era (1868–1912), late 19th–early 20th century ARTIST UNKNOWN 作者不詳 WRITING BOX WITH AUSPICIOUS DESIGNS, IN THE SHAPE OF A CHILD'S BURIBURI TOY 松竹亀蒔絵振振形硯箱 Meiji era (1868–1912), late 19th–early 20th century ARTIST UNKNOWN 作者不詳 WRITING BOX WITH AUSPICIOUS DESIGNS, IN THE SHAPE OF A CHILD'S BURIBURI TOY 松竹亀蒔絵振振形硯箱 Meiji era (1868–1912), late 19th–early 20th century
ARTIST UNKNOWN 作者不詳 WRITING BOX WITH AUSPICIOUS DESIGNS, IN THE SHAPE OF A CHILD'S BURIBURI TOY 松竹亀蒔絵振振形硯箱
Meiji era (1868–1912), late 19th–early 20th century
A suzuribako of octagonal section formed as a child's roly-poly buriburi toy supported on four bracket feet, comprising box; inrōbuta (flush-fitting lid); kakego (interior tray) with inset panel pierced with openings for the suzuri (ink-grinding stone) and suiteki (water-dropper for mixing ink); the exterior with black-lacquer roiro ground decorated in gold and aokin hiramaki-e, takamaki-e, and kirigane with pine, bamboo, and a minogame (turtle with a 'tail' of pond weed); the interior of both box and lid finished in gold muranashiji, the kakego and panel finished in gold nashiji, the plum-blossom-shaped suiteki of chiselled silver with enamels, the edges all finished in gold lacquer; together with an associated fude (writing brush) finished in gold nashiji and a piece of sumi (solid ink); affixed with a paper inventory label of the Naishōryō 内匠寮, an ancient government office that was revived in 1885 as part of the Imperial Household Department and continued until the postwar reforms

12.2 × 10.8 × 31 cm (4¾ × 4¼ × 12¼ in.)

With inner fitted wood storage box and outer fitted lacquered-wood storage box, the inner box with paper label inscribed Chiba Taneaki 千葉胤明 and a red paper label of the Kōtaigōgūshoku 皇太后宮職 (Dowager Empress's Office) collection (10)

Provenance
Chiba Taneaki 千葉胤明 (1864-1953); for further information regarding Chiba, please refer to the Collector's Introduction, pages 4-5
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