A shallow square Japanese export lacquer box and cover, Japanese, 18th Century.

The box is decorated with a cockerel on a diaper ground of repeating lozenges; the inside of the lid bearing an unusual design of three rows of butterflies facing in alternating directions, 8cm.

The 1835 Burghley Inventory records: ‘Japan Closet, Glass case opposite the window, A Square Box with Cock. G.’

The 1867 Burghley Inventory records: ‘Cabinets, No 88 Japan Closet, A gold Japan square box with cock.’

Exhibited: ‘Export Lacquer: Reflection of the West in Black & Gold Makie.’ 2008, Kyoto Museum & Suntory Museum, Tokyo, Cat. No.205.


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