Subject:Japanese lacquer bowls - box inscription translation?
Posted By: TimG Sun, Nov 17, 2019 IP: 2603:3010:14b8:0:d89
I bought this Japanese set of lacquer bowls some years ago and always wondered what the inscriptions on the wood box say. I would appreciate the help.
The person I bought them from stated that her relative was married to Charlie Chaplin, I believe his 3rd wife, but my memory is not clear.
The claim was that Chaplin was very interested in Asian art, but his wife was not, so he gifted his collection to family members.
I can't find any info linking Chaplin to having ever been a recognized collector of Asian antiquities.
The box has remnants of a Japanese newspaper dating to 1934, but despite my very poor photo of one of the bowls, the Make-i gold lacquer is very delicately done - the set has never been used, so despite some bowls warping slightly, the condition is superb.
I suspect Meiji period, but my hope is that the writing will identify the artist, date, and maybe whom the bowls were originally gifted.