A rectangular box for incense selection, late 17th /early 18th Century.

Containing an interior tray, originally fitted with three covered boxes, two boxes remain without lids, the third box is missing but the lid remains; decorated with a spray of chrysanthemums, 8.5cm by 5.4cm by 2.2cm.

1835 Inventory: “Japan Closet, Japan in the Glass case opposite the door(s), sic, 2 long square boxes with smaller ones inside Gold Japan”.

1867 Inventory: “Cabinets, No 88 Japan Closet, 2 long square gold japan boxes with smaller boxes inside”. There is now only one of these boxes at Burghley, but they were often produced in pairs and it is possible that the above entries relate to this piece.

REFERENCE: JWA09024

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