Repurposing Nostalgia

Repurposing Nostalgia
November 3, 2014 Robyn Buntin of Honolulu
Collection of Japanese Boxes

glamour mag editor

Back in the early 20th century, cigarette smoking was definitely considered chic.  It was a thing of style and beauty to store your favorite smokes in hand-crafted artistic containers. Using these jewel-like boxes showed that you were a person of style and sophistication, and gave a sense of glamour to the mundane. Collection of Japanese Boxes

 All 11 boxes in this collection were created in the early years of the 20th century from Japan, China, and America. Finely wrought metals of silver, bronze, copper, and gold are adorned with inlays of ebony, enamels, and lacquer.

Today these beautiful works of arts can be utilized in so many practical ways. Some uses are as simple as a catch-all for your dressing table, an earring box, or a key holder. Consider a beautiful Art Deco designed box for your desk to hold clips or zip drives. The practical uses are endless and the boxes themselves are timeless treasures. They show the care and thoughtfulness that went into making beautiful objects that we rarely see in today’s fast paced 21st century world where so many things are disposable

Art Deco Box by Anonymous

Classic Art Deco style – Silver and Wood Highest Quality Craftsmanship

Art Deco Box
Item #17742   Taisho Period (1912-1926) $3,700

Small Bird Design Cloisonne Box by Anonymous

Exquisite Cloisonné , Unique 6 leg metal box , breath taking scene

Small Bird Design Cloisonne Box
Item #17810   Late Meiji Period (1868-1912) $800

Small Floral Cloisonne Box by Anonymous

A true beauty, floral motif of exquisite detail and design.

Small Floral Cloisonne Box
Item #17811   Late Meiji Period (1868-1912) $800
Small Floral & Crane Cloisonne Box by Anonymous
Small Floral & Crane Cloisonne Box
Item #17812   Late Meiji Period (1868-1912) $800
Copper Flower Box by Anonymous
Copper Flower Box
Item #17813   Taisho Period ca 1920  $650
Copper Grape Box by Anonymous
Copper Grape Box
Item #17814   Taisho Period ca 1920  $700
Small Tiffany Cigarette Box by Anonymous
Small Tiffany Cigarette Box
Item #18001   ca 1930  $2,400
Small Silver & Enamel Box by Anonymous
Small Silver & Enamel Box
Item #18002   Qing Dynasty ca 1900  $650
Small Bronze Box with Metal Overlays by Anonymous
Small Bronze Box with Metal Overlays
Item #18003   Taisho Period ca 1920  $625
Small Box with Mt Fuji by Anonymous
Small Box with Mt Fuji
Item #18004   Showa Period ca 1940  $575
Iris Lacquer Box by Anonymous
Iris Lacquer Box
Item #18011   Meiji Period (1868-1912)  $4,200