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A Japanese export lacquer gilt-metal mounted cabinet, late 17th Century.

Landscapes in gold takamaki-e and hiramaki-e on the black lacquer ground, decorate the top panel, the sides of the cabinet, the front and reverse of the doors and the front of the ten interior drawers.

Unusually, a pair of mandarin ducks and some  butterflies in flight are the only forms of fauna to appear in the decoration.

The cabinet has very fine engraved gilt-metal strap hinges, corner mounts and escutcheon plate and is on a contemporary English carved gilt-wood stand.
The cabinet 91.5cm wide, 69cm high, 53cm deep. The stand 102 cm wide, 75cm high, 54cm deep.

It is possibly the cabinet listed in the 1688 Burghley Inventory: ‘The Lower Gallery rooms…6th Roome…1 Right Indian Jappan Cabinett, with Guilt fframe.’

The 1738 Burghley Inventory records: ‘Lady Exeter’s Dressing Room…A fine old Japan Cabinet, the Frame carved and gilt.’

Exhibited: ‘Export Lacquer: Reflection of the West in Black & Gold Makie.’ 2008, Kyoto Museum & Suntory Museum, Tokyo, Cat. No.83.


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