20 November 2008,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 21,250
Estimate GBP 6,000 - GBP 10,000
A JAPANESE MOTHER-OF-PEARL INLAID, BLACK AND GILT-LACQUER COFFER ON A BLACK AND GILT STAND
THE COFFER MOMOYAMA PERIOD (LATE 16TH EARLY 17TH CENTURY), THE STAND ENGLISH, LATE 17TH CENTURY
The coffer decorated overall with cartouches of watery landscapes within mother-of-pearl borders, divided by flowered trellis bands, the domed lid enclosing a black-painted interior decorated with golden pheasants, the sides with carrying-handles, on a stand with pierced scrolling foliage with putti, the angles with putti emerging from foliage, on scrolled feet, the inner hinge replaced, with traces of the original purple silk lid restrainer, the stand redecorated and originally silvered, restorations to the coffer decoration
41 in. (104 cm.) high; 47 in. (119.5 cm.) wide; 20½ in. (52 cm.) deep
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Related Japanese chests are at Corsham Court, Wiltshire and in the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem (O. Impey and C. Jorg, Japanese Export Lacquer, Amsterdam, 2005, figs. 320 & 339).
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