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A lacquer cabinet, late 17th Century.

Landscapes 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, 90.4cm by 69cm by 52.5cm.
The cabinet is possibly that 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.”
The 1804 Burghley Inventory records: “No. 64 Green Dressing Room… a large japan cabinet on a gilt frame.”


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