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Nine Years of Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

10.09.2010

Find of the Day: Kimono Boxes

[Images via J.F. Chen.] 


This pair of 19th-century Japanese lacquered kimono boxes from J.F. Chen caught my eye for two reasons: Sunday, October 10th is the last day to see Fashioning Kimono: Art Deco and Modernism in Japan at the Birmingham Museum of Art, and I'm currently working on a project inspired by the tradition of placing Asian boxes on stands. (Hopefully it will be post-worthy.)


The antique rectangular J.F. Chen boxes are black lacquered and gilt decorated with a leaf motif. Click here to see more.

Related reading: The In Box.

14 comments:

Rebecca Ward said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing your find!

Francine Gardner said...

Beautiful kimono boxes. I once carried lamp shades and pillows made with vintage kimonos.I was once at a friend's wedding in Tokyo and the women wore spectacular kimonos with such grace...

Mary Ellen said...

Those are fabulous pieces! The gold, copper and black lacquer is stunning! I don't get to see pieces like these very often... I'm sure your project will be "post worthy". Totally looking forward to it!
-ME

Emile de Bruijn said...

The leaf motif seems to be a jaunty, free-style version of the Paulownia mon, or feudal badge, associated with the Tokugawa family. Google it and you will see the more formal, hieratic versions. Lovely boxes.

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Oh now those are treasures in themselves -especially a PAIR! really spectacular.

Petra Voegtle said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love chests and I especially love Japanese closets and chests - the hinges and metal fittings are always so artistically created...

Ragland Hill Social by Gwen Driscoll said...

These are amazing & just beautiful. Hope you have a great week.

My Dog-Eared Pages said...

These are just lovely... wow!! ; )

Style Court said...

Loving everyone's enthusiasm for the boxes!

Mary Ellen -- you are kind. We'll see :)

Emile -- appreciate the lead, as always.

Style Court said...

Francine -- sounds lovely.

Style Court said...

Gwen --

Thanks! Same to you.

LINDA from EACH LITTLE WORLD said...

Stunning!

Have you seen the square and round wood stands that are available in the Gumps catalog?

Style Court said...

Linda -- Forgot about those! Thanks so much for the reminder.

Area Rugs said...

Gorgeous!!! I love everything about these!!!