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

The incense box (kogo) and stand are decorated in gold and silver hiramaki-e with pavilions in a rural landscape; the box with 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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