A very unusual Japanese wood O-natsume “tea caddy” carved from one block with three children decorated in pure gold and mother-of-pearl supporting it.
Three lobed panels of natural scene decorated in Usunuki-takamakie gold design with kin-keuchi and Shibayama-saiku details.
Cover carved with maple-leaf motifs called “kito”, in Japanese it means “calm” or “in peace”.
Signed Shosai on red lacquer under the base.
Meiji period late 19th century
Condition report: Good condition