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

The box, inlaid in silver and gold with a spray of chrysanthemums, contains an interior tray and was originally fitted with three covered boxes; two boxes without lids remain, the third box is missing but the lid remains, 8.5cm by 5.4cm by 2.2cm.
The 1835 Burghley Inventory records: “Japan Closet, Japan in the Glass case opposite the door(s), sic, 2 long square boxes with smaller ones inside Gold Japan”.
The 1867 Burghley Inventory records: “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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