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A Red Lacquer Lamp
A Red Lacquer Lamp

EDO PERIOD (DATED 1752)

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A Red Lacquer Lamp Edo period (dated 1752) Of rectangular form, the paper sides with shaped openwork panels, with one side hinged to open to the interior, mounted with a hinged iron overhead handle, the vertical square support members joined to a tall chamfered base fitted with two drawers, electrified 28in. (71cm.) high
Literature
Victor and Takako Hauge, Folk Traditions in Japanese Art (International Exhibitions Foundation, 1978), fig. 193.
Exhibited
"Folk Traditions in Japanese Art," shown at the following venues: Cleveland Museum of Art
Japan House Gallery, New York
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

Lot Essay

Lamp stands (andon) were widely used in the Edo period. Two basic shapes were the cube-shaped kaku-andon seen here and the cylindrical andon. This elegantly simple example bears the date of Horeki 2 (1752). It may have been used to illuminate the rooms of a brothel in the pleasure quarters.

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