Of rectangular form, this magnificent gold maki-e suzuribako with
silver mounts depicts two thatched-roof huts alongside a stream
nestled among pine,
sakura and maple, a brilliant waterfall cascading in the background.
The scene is luxuriously rendered in hiramaki-e with kirikane,
togadashi and aogai details on a roiro and maki-e ground. On the
interior lid, against a nashiji ground,
sloping hills with pine trees appear behind an exquisite stylized stream framed by
pine and maple trees. The suzuribako includes a mokko-shaped inkstone, two brushes
within their lacquered cases in nashiji and gold scrollwork and a
silver suiteki formed
as maple and sakura flowers on a fitted tray decorated in dense nashiji.
The suiteki is
engraved with a "Jungin" (Pure Silver) cartouche. Includes black
lacquered owner's box and black lacquered carrying tray with silk
tassels. This marvelous
writing box with accoutrements is in excellent condition, with no restoration and minor wear commiserate with age.
Length: 9", width: 7"
Meiji Period, Japan