A Very Unusual Signed Japanese Lacquer Box with Associated Tomobako. Showa Period 1930s
Lacquer box 10 3/4 x 7 3/4 x 5 ins. (27.3 x 19.6 x 12.7 cms) The box has inlaid panels of white silk, the top of which has a Chinese-style painted design of bamboos and rocks with a 6 character signature. The interior is entirely red lacquer, inside the cover is a long text, probably a poem, wiritten in buff lacquer simulating gold. The interior of the tomobako (the signed outer box) has the same signature as the signed painting on the cover. We have been defeated by the signature except that the 2 lower kanji read shujin, Master of the House.
Condition is good, one of the silk panels has a water stain and the top panel has slight foxing marks, two panels are slightly darkened and a side panel has minor bubbling to the silk. As can clearly be seen in the photos there is a crack in the base with some resulting loss of lacquer. The outer box has some shrinkage cracks and minor worming.
The box is probably a presentation piece, we have never seen anything like it before.