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Walter C. Eells Collection

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Constructed with an outer frame designed to neatly encase a fitted four-section stacking box and accompanying flask, the surfaces decorated in gold and silver hiramaki-e (raised sprinkled metal and/or pigment) against variously toned solid back or brown grounds, the flask displaying a continuous design motif of the moon rising over Musashi, complimented with various patterns of flowering plants or cranes to each separately decorated box section , topped by three paulownia mon (crests or sigils) to the box lid, the black lacquered outer case featuring a pair of gilt prunus (as type of tree) and lightning motif crests beneath the applied silver handle. Has own box 3" x 5" note card found inside box states: "Lunch set, Tea container and five trays for rice, fish, etc. 11064-10." Some minimal cracking on outside of trays and edges. Accession File states: "Picnic set - 5 trays and container for liquid (sake) in rack with handle. Dark brown lacquer ground with plants and cranes in gold and silver lacquer. Tip of tray stack has gold paulownia mon design; top of rack has gold cherry blossom crest; some small cracks in lacquer of all pieces." Meiji period - 19th century.


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Wood, Lacquer, Metal

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Dr. Walter Crosby Eells


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