Lot 112. An important suzuribako [writing box], signed Shosai, Meiji period, early 20th century; 23 cm., 9 1/8 in. Estimate £150,000 — 180,000. Courtesy Sotheby's.
the rectangular writing box with flush fitting cover and pewter rims decorated in gold, silver, black and red hiramaki-e, takamaki-e, kinpun, hirame, kirikane gold and silver on a fundame ground with numerous different chrysanthemum flowers and leaves, almost all an individual design, the interior fitted as a writing box with inner frame supporting a slate, all on a ground of scrolling design waves in gold hiramaki-e and nashiji, fitted inner and outer wood boxes, tomobako signed and sealed Shosai.
Sotheby's. Fine Japanese Art, London, May 14, 2019, 10:00 AM.