A cabinet, decorated with fans and tomoe crests, late 18th Century.

The cabinet encloses three graduated drawers and is decorated with scattered fans bearing a variety of symbolic motifs from the natural world, and tomoe crests (comma shapes in a circle), which reflect the fact that this small cabinet would have been made originally for the Japanese domestic market, 35cm by 24.6cm by 21.8cm.

1835 Inventory: “Japan Closet, Glass case opposite the window, A Chest with three drawers Gold Japan with embossed Fans”.

1867 Inventory: “Cabinets, No 88 Japan Closet, A gold japan chest, embossed fans, with 3 drawers.”


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