Accessory Box (Tebako) with Mimosa

Accessory Box (Tebako) with Mimosa

1912-26
Artist
Ikari Choji
Country
Japan
box
Lacquer, hemp fabric and pewter on wood
Funds from the Sam F. and Freda R. Davis Charitable Trust
2012.2A-B
Ikari Choji. Accessory Box (Tebako) with Mimosa. 1912-26. Lacquer, hemp fabric and pewter on wood. Funds from the Sam F. and Freda R. Davis Charitable Trust. 2012.2A-B.
Dimensions
height: 4.75 in, 12.0650 cm; width: 11.25 in, 28.5750 cm; depth: 13 1/8 in, 33.3375 cm
Inscription
Choji Saku
Department
Asian
Collection
Asian
Accessory Box (Tebako) with Mimosa by Ikari Choji (1887-?) Japan, Toyama Prefecture about 1912-26, Taisho period Lacquer, hemp fabric and pewter on wood Funds from the Sam F. and Freda R. Davis Charitable Trust 2012.2a,b The curved dry lacquer (kanshitsu) body of this box was formed on a mold with hemp cloth that was then covered with layers of translucent, amber-toned lacquer (shunkei nuri). Ikari Choji rendered the mimosa design with raised lacquer (taka makie), distinguishing the crispness of the blossoms from the soft focus of the leaves. He was born in Takaoka in Toyama prefecture and later served as head of the Takaoka Craft Art Association.
Known Provenance
At least 2011-2012, Kaigedo Japanese Art, Seattle WA, acquired at auction in Japan; 2012, DAM collection, museum purchase.