Exceptional 19th century Japanese Tobacco Box (Tabako-Bon) in rectangular form made with wood and brass (burner inserts), and completed in black and gold lacquer. It is decorated with undulating leave vines and flowers. It has rounded square wooden Karakusa charcoal burners with brass inserts (with remaining tobacco ashes) that are also elegantly decorated with gold vines and flowers. A rectangular wooden handle is attached to the middle of the box. The top edges of the outer box frame have built in spaces to hold the 14 inch black lacquered pipe with brass fittings. The box is constructed with three drawers, which are also lacquered inside and out. Each of the drawers has brass fittings in the form of flowers.
Smoking was widespread among both men and women during the Edo period in Japan. These boxes and smoking accessories were found mostly in wealthier homes and were used as part of the tea ceremonies. Production of these boxes ceased at the end of the 19th century, when cigarettes became fashionable and virtually replaced pipe smoking.
The box and all of its components are in remarkable preserved excellent condition. Dimensions of the box are: 10.5 inches wide, 6-7/8 inches deep, and 7 inches tall (11 inches including the handle). One of the charcoal burners is 3.5 inches square, and the other is 2.5 inches wide by 3.5 inches tall.