Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
19th Century Lacquered Jubako Stacking Box
A striking, seemingly contemporary design, covers all surfaces of this eye-catching stacking box set dating from the later Edo to early Meiji period (early to mid 19th century). Called a Jubako, stacking boxes such as this were used on festive occasions to contain food. Even today one can see them on tables across the island nation at New years. Here a brazen design of variously colored precious gold lines stagger in lightning streaks across the rectangular forms. On top is a crest reading Konotori (the character for the Oriental White Stork) and a family crest of Myoga (Japanese Ginger). The entire design is performed in Togidashi, Nashiji and Hira-Maki-e with the crests in Hira Maki-e further adorned with and Keuchi golden details. It is 24.3 x 23 x 47 cm (9-3/4 x 9-1/4 x 19 inches) and in overall fine condition with minor losses typical of age and use.
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