Kurono x Hiroshige

Tamenuri Maki-e Box (Preorder)



Kurono Tokyo is proud to present Kurono x Hiroshige – a new line of artisan-made collector-grade accessories that introduce time-honored artistic traditions, historical craftwork and materials at affordable price points. This new line of products is a reminder of our humble beginnings, and aspires to incorporate the very best of 
Edo-period art and reinvent them into a fresh, avant-garde aesthetic.

The 'Tamenuri Maki-e' box - Bringing together what we think are the best in traditional Japanese art and handcraft into a single product: Urushi lacquer, Kuro-tamenuri lacquering technique, and Maki-e of an original ukiyo-e artwork by Hiroshige.

Kurono acquired a piece of Ukiyo-e artwork – ‘Japanese Bellflower’ – a woodblock-on-paper original by Hiroshige that he drew circa 1840, which still remains in exceptional gallery condition even after 180 years. It depicts Japanese bellflowers in full bloom, drawn with a purposeful and almost vector-like manner that looks avant-garde even by today’s modern design sensibilities. At the top is a handwritten poem by Hiroshige, loosely interpreted as ‘The moon indulges into the night in various ways.’ The artwork is signed by Hiroshige and carries his emblematic seal.

The box is first constructed in wood, made to kuro-tamenuri urushi standards and then left for limited curing. A further process of maki-e is then applied to the box with the ukiyo-e ‘Japanese Bellflower’ design and script by Hiroshige. An additional layer of urushi is applied, before being left for full curing. 

Product Specifications 

  • Dimensions: 265mm x 80mm x 35mm
  • Single watch box 
  • Wood exterior with felt interior
  • Two-part box (lid & base)
  • Red akane-urushi base, with suki-urushi layers
  • Hiroshige's original 'Japanese Bellflower' artwork in kaga maki-e
  • Signed: Kurono logo in gold, Hiroshige emblem
  • Handmade in Kanazawa
  • Limited to 250 pieces
    (*this product is for the single-watch box only, and does not include a watch)
    Additional Handling
    - Internal product will be ozone-disinfected prior to shipping

    Price: JPY 33,800 (US$319)

    DELIVERY: March/April 2021
    (Price excludes shipping and any applicable taxes in your country)

    Conditions of this pre-order:
    Kurono has a strict no refund policy. Please ensure that you are certain in your purchasing decision before commencing to pay this preorder deposit. Finalizing and paying for your order will mean that you understand and accept that you forfeit the right to cancellations and refunds. As this is a limited edition item that is in high demand, this policy allows us to prevent hoarding/fraud and ensures that the product reaches the wrists of real buyers and fans. Any deposits previously paid will be forfeited, and donated to the chosen charity for the season in your name. 

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