The boxes are decorated with pavilions and large motifs of pine and plum branches and sprays of camellia, rose and daffodil, 6.5cm high, diameter 10.5cm.
The 1835 Burghley Inventory records: ‘Japan Closet, Glass case opposite the window, Two pentagon Boxes with Trays inside Black & Gold.’
The 1867 Burghley Inventory records: ‘Cabinets, No 88 Japan Closet, 2 black and gold japan pentagon boxes with trays inside.’
It seems entirely possible that these five-lobed boxes reflect this entry; the trays having been lost.
Exhibited: ‘Export Lacquer: Reflection of the West in Black & Gold Makie.’ 2008, Kyoto Museum & Suntory Museum, Tokyo, Cat. No.197.