This carved wood box is lacquered in a deep red tone and in brownish black on the leafy area. The interior and base are lacquered in black. There are various nicks and scuffs from use and age. The interior retains its shiny finish, while the exterior had acquired a soft luster from age and wear. Acquired in Kyoto, Japan in the early 1970s.
Length: 6 in., Width: 4 ¼ in., Height: 2 ½ in.
In the style of Ogata Korin, this tall-sided tray is lacquered black over a wood core. The decoration is rendered in raised lacquer in the Rinpa School manner after Korin. It displays a gnarled stump of a plum tree sending out shoots with blossoms and buds raised in gold lacquer, as well a inlaid flowers and buds in iridescent abalone mother of pearl. There are separations visible in the lacquer where the side walls join the base and a horizontal crack in the wood base visible in the lower third of the scene. These are particular visible on the underneath side. There are also various small nicks to the rim from use.
Width: 11 1/4 in. square, Height: 2 3/8 in.
This lacquer box of square form has three slightly raised gold lacquer family crest designs on the lid. The well-polished black lacquer covers the interior and exterior of the box which is of a finely constructed wood core. The lid has a slight lip extending from the lower edge. The crest designs are very well painted and incorporate a very fine raised gold stippling in areas. It is in very good condition with only minor wear and no damage to any of the corners.
Height: 3 ½ in., Width: 3 ½ in. square
Exterior is covered in black lacquer with silver rims encircling both the bottom and lid. The interior of the lid is decorated in very finely-painted gold and silver lacquer with a scene of fish swimming among seaweed. A small rectangular red lacquer signature in seal form is seen on the left margin of the painting. The base of the box is also signed by the artist in gold lacquer. The interior is covered overall with sprinkled gold. Good condition with minor wear and tarnish to the silver rim.
Diameter: 8 in., Height: 4 ¼ in.