A hexagonal Japanese export lacquer box for incense selection, with a stand, late 17th/early 18th Century.

The incense box, or kogo, and stand are decorated in gold and silver hiramaki-e with pavilions in a rural landscape; the box with a fitted tray and three interior boxes, 14.7cm by 16.3cm by 16.3cm.

The 1835 Burghley Inventory records: ‘Japan Closet, Glass case opposite the window, A Sexagon Box with a tray & three small Boxes inside, on a stand with six legs. Gold Japan.’

The 1867 Burghley Inventory records: ‘Cabinets, No 88 Japan Closet, A gold japan sexagon box with a tray and 3 small boxes inside, on a stand with 6 legs.’

Exhibited: ‘Export Lacquer: Reflection of the West in Black & Gold Makie.’ 2008, Kyoto Museum & Suntory Museum, Tokyo, Cat. No.223.


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