Imperial presentation lacquer tebako signed Jitoku
Circa 1910-1920, Japan
Height: 14.8 cm, 5.75 inches Length: 28 cm, 11 inches, Width: 23.5 cm, 5.74 inches
Granulated ground with takamaki-e and shell – other surfaces rich nashiji, silver rims. Shakuyaku (peonies) and sixteen-petalled chrysanthemum.
Signed under lid in gold hiramaki-e Akatsuka Jitoku tsukuru (made by Akatsuka Jitoku, 1871-1936).
Jan Dees, Japanese Imperial Presentation Boxes, Oriental Art, Vol.43, no.1 (1997), pp.2-9
Baur Collection Geneva, F20, p62