Lacquer box by Yamamoto Satoshi
Japan, Showa period, dated 1984
A square lacquer box with sleeve cover, the slightly bowed top and the sides of both box and cover are inlaid in raden technique with neatly arranged mother-of-pearl bands that together form a checkerboard pattern. The silver-coloured pattern is inlaid into a glossy green ground. The inside of both box and cover is covered in a layer of gold flecks in the nashiji technique. The base is lacquered black. The piece is contained within the original wooden tomobako, the top of which is inscribed Ginsen raden kobako, koshi (A small box in Raden inlay with silver lines, with a design of lattice) and the inside Showa gojukyu-nen shoshu, kinoe-ne, Nanto shikko, Satoshi saku (Made in the early autumn of Showa 59 (1984), in the year of kinoe-ne, a lacquer artist in Nanto (Nara), made by Satoshi). The two legible seals in red read Furoka (eternal youth flower) and Yamamoto Satoshi. The third seal is undeciphered.
The artist Yamamoto Satoshi was born in Ikoma City, Nara prefecture. He is known for his raden (shell inlay) works. In 1977 he graduated from the philosophy department of the Kwansei Gakuin University. He studied lacquer raden art in Nara under Tarui Yoshiyuki, an artist who is known for his raden works. In 1981 Yamamoto Satoshi became an independent artist and started exhibiting at the Kinki region branch of the Nihon kogeiten. He received many awards, including the Tanko Biennale Tea Art Exhibition. His works were exhibited at the Japan Crafts Art Association Exhibitions (Nihon kogeikai tenrankai) numerous times since Heisei 5th (1993). He took part in a restoration project at the Kasuga shrine in Nara.