Writing box with design of a cedar forest

Meiji era
Uematsu Hôbi (Japanese, 1872–1933)


Overall: 4.3 x 17.2 x 23.3 cm (1 11/16 x 6 3/4 x 9 3/16 in.) Lender Accessory: 26.5 x 20 x 8 cm (10 7/16 x 7 7/8 x 3 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood; lacquer with maki-e decoration and silver rims

On View

Walter Ames Compton, MD Gallery (Gallery 280)




Lacquer works


1900, made by the artist for the Exposition Universelle, Paris; by 1907, property of James Orange of Hong Kong; October 31, 1984, sold at Sotheby's, London (lot 225); March 28, 2006, sold to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston at Christie's, New York (lot 391) (accession date: April 26, 2006).

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds by exchange from the Charles Goddard Weld Collection, Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund, a Gift of Yamanaka & Company, Boston, William Sturgis Bigelow Collection, Bequest of Mrs. Thomas O. Richardson, a Gift of Francis Gardner Curtis, a Gift of Mrs. Roger Cutler, a Gift of Mrs. Charles Goddard Weld, and a Gift of Misses Louisa W. and Marian R. Case