This is an unmarked Japanese Satsuma box dating to the Meiji Period, after 1891.
The box weighs 1.1 pounds. It is 4 1/8" high and 3 7/8" wide. The box is round and rests on three gold covered feet.
I think everything I sell in my shop is beautiful, so I rarely comment on how nice an item or set is, but gosh, this box is really nice. Be sure to look at all of the photos closely.
The sides are black and with intricate designs, so a black ground with layers of black on top to form the designs. I am impressed by the artistry.
Around the side of the lid is a band of white, layered with a green vine outlined in white enamel, similar to moriage. The top edge of the lid has a gold band. The top of the lid shows a lot of intricate artistry. The top is black and it is black enamel on black, hard to see in the photo, but can certainly be felt with the fingers. There is a male face, beautifully executed, with a gold cap. The bottom is a red-orange color with raised enamel in gold and circles of raised enamel in blue, green and white with red center. More raised enamel is on the gold cap.
The inside of the lid, the inside of the box and the bottom of the box are glazed, however the glazing is not crazed. It doesn't mean the box is modern, just that the glaze hasn't crazed, or it doesn't have the crackle glaze.
The rims of the lid and bottom are not glazed.. Also, there is a hand painted symbol, or perhaps the number four, on the unglazed rim of the both the lid and the bottom to match the two pieces.
There are marks on the underside of the bottom. There is the impressed word of Japan, which was used around 1891 and through the 1890s. There are two red lines bisecting inside a circle. And there are black Japanese letters inside a black lined orange oval.
There are no nicks or chips. There are some light scratches on the black.