Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
Antique Japanese Rimpa Style Lacquer Writing Box
Inlaid blossoms of polished white shell glow on the burnished gold branches of a winter plum swirling across the red tame-nuri surface of this small suzuri bako writing box dating from the early 20th century and enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Hayaume-zu Maki-e Suzuri-bako (Writing box with Early Plum Blossom). Inside the lid is a Togidashi image of snow-covered Hiragi (Japanese Holly) bearing red berries. Inset into the floor of the box are a drip shaped suzuri ink stone and gold colored water dropper in matching tray. The box is 12.5 x 20 x 3 cm (5 x 8 x 1 inches) and in overall excellent condition. THer is wear on the underside consistent with use.
The Rimpa revival of the early 20th century emphasized visual splendor, decorative patterns, and harmonious compositions reflecting nostalgia for the past. However, it was not a strict replication of the past. Artists involved in this movement integrated modern techniques and materials into their work, allowing for a fusion of traditional aesthetics with contemporary artistic practices. This approach enabled artists to create innovative interpretations of the Rimpa style that resonated with the changing times.
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