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    Sale 7553

    The Bob Moore Collection of Japanese Art and Design

    5 - 7 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 258

    An export chest


    Price Realised  


    An export chest
    Momoyama period (16th century)
    The rectangular chest with drop front opening to reveal various sized drawers including a central drawer normally in architectural style but here replaced with a period panel depicting IHS [Jesu Hominum Salvator] possibly from a mistle stand, the exterior decorated in gold hiramaki-e and inlaid in mother of pearl with ho-o birds, the sides with further birds and deer, copper gilt fittings on a European Oriental style stand
    135cm. high, 46.4cm. wide by 88cm. long

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    In Portuguese company records, these chests are called 'Scrutores'. Cabinets identical to these in form but varying in decoration were made at many of the Portuguese settlements in the East- in India and China as well as Japan- yet there is no known prototype or parallel in any indigenous oriental tradition. European models were used of which there are indications that the prototype was ultimatley of German origin. In 1610 the Frenchman Pyrard de Laval described among furniture exported to the East Indies 'cabinets of all patterns in the fashion of those made in Germany - a la mode de ceux d'Allegmagne...' This claim of German origin is supported by other evidence. For instance it is known that German cabinets were popular in Spain and Portugal in the 16th Century and it is recorded that Queen Isabella of Spain imported many 'escritorios' and cabinets from Germany

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    Please note: the measurements for this lot are 135cm. high, 46.4cm. wide and 88cm. long.

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