A rectangular box decorated with chrysanthemums, 19th Century.

Chrysanthemum sprays in gold flat makie and gold paint on a pear-skin ground cover the lid and three sides of the body of this box; the design depicts the sprays from different angles, with some of flowers and leaves being seen from the underside, 14.4cm by 8.7cm by 4.6cm. The box would have satisfied the stringent demands of the Japanese domestic market.

The 1835 Burghley Inventory records: “Japan Closet, Glass case opposite the window, A long Box Gold Japan”.

The 1867 Burghley Inventory records: “Cabinets, No 88 Japan Closet, A long gold japan box”.


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