A sandbar-shaped box, 18th Century.

The three lobed box is decorated with a view of geese by a bank of reeds which are depicted in gold thinly raised makie, silver flat makie and gold painted lines; the combination of geese and reeds being a traditional motif. The same theme is found on chests of drawers and coffers made for export. It is 8.4cm wide 6.3cm high.

The 1835 Burghley Inventory records: “Japan Closet, Glass case opposite the window, A trefoil shaped Box. Gold”. The box was exhibited at the 2008 exhibition ‘Export Lacquer: Reflection of the West in Black & Gold Makie.’ at Kyoto Museum & the Suntory Museum, Tokyo.


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