A Japanese export lacquer box and cover, late 19th Century.

The brown lacquer box, with applied leaf decoration, is in the form of a peach, with red lacquer interior and three fitted sake cups in red lacquer decorated with various gold lacquer designs, 9.7cm.

The 1835 Burghley Inventory records: ‘Japan Closet, Japan in the Glass case opposite the door(s), sic, A Box, fruit shaped with 3 trays inside. Brown & red.’

The 1867 Burghley Inventory records: ‘Cabinets, No 88 Japan Closet, A brown and red japan fruit shaped box, with 3 trays inside.’


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