A pair of rectangular boxes for incense selection, late 17th/mid18th Century.

Decorated with motifs of ‘The Tale of Genji’, a classic work of Japanese literature, written by a noblewoman in the early years of the 11th Century, which gives a unique depiction of contemporary court life, 3.3cm x 4.9cm x 4cm.
The 1835 Burghley Inventory records: “Japan Closet, Glass case opposite the window, Two small Boxes. Gold Japan”.
The 1867 Burghley Inventory records: “Cabinets, No 88 Japan Closet, 2 small gold japan boxes”.

REFERENCE: JWA09015

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