A rectangular lacquer casket and hinged cover, late 17th Century.

This is a jewellery casket, of a type produced for export from around the 1640s, and usually made in pairs. The roof-shaped cover is fastened to the back of the casket with metal hinges, while decorative columns embellish the four corners. The uppermost panel of the lid slides out, revealing a space for storing smaller accessories and a frame for inserting a mirror, whilst a side panel slides out to reveal a secret drawer at the bottom of the casket, which is exquisitely decorated overall with landscapes, pavilions and symbolic flora and fauna, width 38.3cm, height 31.5cm, diameter 29.2cm.



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