Accessory Box (Tebako) with Mandarin Orange Branches

Accessory Box (Tebako) with Mandarin Orange Branches

1912-26
Artist
Unknown
Country
Japan
box
Lacquer and pewter on wood
Sam F. and Freda R. Davis Charitable Trust
2011.284A-B
Unknown. Accessory Box (Tebako) with Mandarin Orange Branches. 1912-26. Lacquer and pewter on wood. Sam F. and Freda R. Davis Charitable Trust. 2011.284A-B.
Dimensions
height: 6.25 in, 15.8750 cm; width: 8.75 in, 22.2250 cm; depth: 10 in, 25.4000 cm
Department
Asian
Collection
Asian
Accessory Box (Tebako) with Mandarin Orange Branches by unknown artist Japan, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture about 1912-26, Taisho period Lacquer and pewter on wood Funds from the Sam F. and Freda R. Davis Charitable Trust 2011.284 The rounded shape of this dry lacquer (kanshitsu) box was formed with linen placed over a domed mold. Pewter inlay was used to represent mandarin oranges that have raised lacquer (taka makie) leaves. The artist used the play of textures and colors to evoke fruit branches seen against a summer sky. Although unsigned, the box most likely came from the Kanazawa area.
Known Provenance
At least 2011, Kaigedo Japanese Art, Seattle WA, acquired in Japan at unknown date; 2011, DAM collection, museum purchase.