A rectangular Japanese export lacquer box, 19th Century.

The gilt lacquer box is decorated overall with chrysanthemum sprays in gold flat makie and gold paint on a pear-skin ground.

The design depicts the sprays from different angles, with some of the flowers and leaves being seen from the underside, 14.4cm by 8.7cm by 4.6cm.

The box is of a sophistication which 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.’

Exhibited: ‘Export Lacquer: Reflection of the West in Black & Gold Makie.’ 2008, Kyoto Museum & Suntory Museum, Tokyo, Cat. No.211.


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