19C Japanese Carved Frog and Waterlily Wooden Box

19C Japanese Carved Frog and Waterlily Wooden Box.

19C Japanese Carved Frog and Waterlily Wooden Box

PRESENTING a GLORIOUS piece of Japanese carving and treen from circa 1890.

This is a lidded wooden box, on a stand, made of what appears to be camphor wood. A hardwood native to Japan.

The carving is EXQUISITE on this piece………the box is carved on the lid and sides and the lid is carved with a frog on a waterlily.

The carving is 3 Dimensional, as the frog and stem of the lily are raised and contoured with the rest of the piece.

The Chinese are famous for their carving…..but in our humble opinion…….NOBODY was better at carving than the Japanese !

The attention to detail, quality and finesse is second to none !

The piece is in 3 parts: (1) The Lid, (2) The Box and (3) the Base.

Cinnamomum camphora (commonly known as camphor tree, camphorwood or camphor laurel) is a large evergreen tree that grows up to 20–30 m (66–98 ft) tall.[1] The leaves have a glossy, waxy appearance and smell of camphor when crushed. In spring, it produces bright green foliage with masses of small white flowers. It produces clusters of black, berry-like fruit around 1 cm (0.39 in) in diameter. Its pale bark is very rough and fissured vertically.

Cinnamomum camphora is native to China south of the Yangtze River, Taiwan, southern Japan, Korea, and Vietnam, and has been introduced to many other countries.[1]

In Japan, where the tree is called kusunoki, five camphor trees are known with a trunk circumference above 20 m, with the largest tree (Kamou no Ohkusu) reaching the circumference of 24.22 m.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinnamomum_camphora




The sculpture of Japan started from the clay figure. Japanese sculpture received the influence of the Silk Road culture in the 5th century, and received a strong influence from Chinese sculpture afterwards. The influence of the Western world was received since the Meiji era. The sculptures were made at local shops, used for sculpting and painting. Most sculptures were found at areas in front of houses and along walls of important buildings.

Most of the Japanese sculptures derived from the idol worship in Buddhism or animistic rites of Shinto deity. In particular, sculpture among all the arts came to be most firmly centered on Buddhism. Materials traditionally used were metal—especially bronze—and, more commonly, wood, often lacquered, gilded, or brightly painted.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_sculpture


19C Japanese Carved Frog and Waterlily Wooden Box.


This piece is part of the Lida Calvert Hall Obenchain/McMillan Collection.

The Figurine was located in the 19th Century Dutch Colonial Home of Lida Calvert Hall-Obenchain located at Armstrong Parkway in Highland Park, Dallas.

Lida Calvert Hall along with her daughter in law Scotta McMillan (daughter of Judge McMillan, a very prominent Waxahachie Family) collected a large number of high quality antiques and in particular French Antiques, by buying from local High-End Antique Dealers and also High-End Local Auctions in the early 20th Century.


19C Japanese Carved Frog and Waterlily Wooden Box.

Provenance: From the Lida Calvert Hall-Obenchain/McMillan Collection

Condition: Overall in SUPER condition. There are two very minor repairs to the rim of the lid, professionally repaired and hardly noticeable.

Dimensions: 3" tall, 5.6" wide and 4.5" deep

Price: $1,275.00 Sale Price Now: $950.00