Luxuriously decorated tea caddy (natsume) made by Kakinoki Akira (1926-2009). The exterior is finished in polished black lacquer (roiro) and elaborately decorated with gold and silver takamaki-e cherry blossoms and sprinkled (nashiji) maple leaves on golden leaves of aralia. Interior black lacquer. Rims are in gold and subtly decorated with abstract floral patterns. Sealed underneath on the golden base: Akira 章. Fitted wooden box inscribed: Maki-e kōyō sakura natsume, Akira saku 蒔絵紅葉桜棗章作.
Kakinoki Akira (1926-2009) was one of the leading Japanese lacquer artists of the last century who gained large recognition. He was awarded by the Japan Minister of International Trade and Industry in 1964 and received many prices at the Japan National Exhibition Nitten throughout his career. At Nitten exhibition he was also receiving highest honors in 2004.