A lacquer cabinet, late 17th Century.

The doors of the cabinet are decorated, on the front, with a continuous motif of pavilions on a shore and a pair of cranes, and on the reverse, with flying wild geese,  bamboo and bellflowers. The interior has eight drawers which are decorated with various symbolic flora and fauna, as are the sides of the cabinet, and the rectangular top is also decorated with pavilions and trees in a rocky landscape. There are very fine engraved strap hinges, corner mounts and an embossed escutcheon and the plain black stand is early 18th Century, 71.4cm by 59.5cm by 43.6cm.

Possibly the 1804 Burghley Inventory which records: “Green Dressing Room …a Large Japan Cabinet on a Black frame.”



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