Japanese Red and Parcel Gilt Karabitsu Trunk
Our large Japanese karabitsu (27 x 40 x 20 in; 69 x 102 x 51 cm) dates from the early to mid twentieth century and features gilded designs of bamboo and peony flowers on a an orange red ground and lacquered finish, with family crests depicted on three sides, incised metal hardware to the corners and legs, and thick braided rope knotted at top.
There are small nicks and scratches to the top, tarnish and some lifting to the metal surfaces, some inpainting to the finish on the interior (and possibly elsewhere). Craquelure is noticeable on all sides, with obvious finish losses on the left and right sides. This lovely karabitsu would be an ideal candidate for restoration to its japanned/lacquered finish.