This is quiet a large Writing Chest / Box. It is Japanese export and dates from the late 19th century, Meiji period. It is black lacquer with delicate Japanese style painting on all sides of the box, and inlaid mother of pearl on the top. The top opens to reveal a removable tray with compartments and a mirror under the lid. There are two drawers underneath and a bottom drawer that pulls out and unfolds to become the writing slope. Please see the photographs to give you a better idea of the detail of the chest. It would look lovely as a desk top item or it could also be used as a Vanity Box for jewelry.
There are two locks, one opens the draw to the writing slope and the other for locking the top lid. There is a key which works both locks but these Japanese locks are delicate and temperamental and locking is somewhat hit and miss - there is a certain knack to it. The top catch on the lid is a replacement.
Overall the lacquer is in good shape, there are a few worn bits on the edges and little indentations here and there. There is some fading, with age, of the lacquer in patches where the original high shine black lacquer has dulled. The gold painting has worn in places and there is wear to the mother of pearl inlay. Only seen on very close inspection, one of the back metal corner pieces has been replaced.
You should be able to see from the photographs that the box is overall a handsome piece that looks good on display. Please examine these to help you make your assessment of the box’s appearance and condition, and if you need further photographs or information please do not hesitate to contact me.
It measures 11 inches (28cm) x 7.5 inches (19cm) x 6.5 inches (16.5cm) high.
The shipping rate I have noted is for the USA. Please contact me for shipping costs to other places in the world. An example is for Europe the shipping starts at $20 ( to France).
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