A Tsuiki Jippo Cloisonne Enamel Writing Box (Suzuribako),
Ando Company, early 1930’s .
The box is formed from heavy gauge copper, the lid decorated with tsuiki-jippo enamels in relief
on a raised design of a Shinto shrine in a wooded setting, a Torii and lantern also present. The interior has been applied with a coarse cloth lacquered with both clear and red lacquer in an abstract design and contains a hardwood tray with fitted inkstone and tsuiki-jippo water-dropper. The base exterior has the seal and symbol of the Ando studio.
The technique of applying transparent enamels over embossed designs on copper was invented by the Ando factory in 1928. See shippo-kogei-no-kindai , Museum of the Imperial Collections, Sannomaru Shozokan (2004), plate 28, page 49 for an Ando tsuiki-jippo example.
Approximately 26.7 x 18.3 cm. Weight = 1515 gm. Fine condition with only slight wear from normal use.
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