A pair of five-lobed boxes and covers, 18th Century.

Decorated with pavilions and floral spray, H. 6.5cms, Dia.10.5cms.

1835 Inventory: “Japan Closet, Glass case opposite the window, Two pentagon Boxes with Trays inside Black & Gold”. (See comment below).

1867 Inventory: “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, which also refers to the number five).
Exhibited: ‘Export Lacquer: Reflection of the West in Black & Gold Makie.’ 2008, Kyoto Museum & Suntory Museum, Tokyo, Cat. No.197.

REFERENCE: jwa09011

Related collections