London, South Kensington
28 November 1996
A Japanese gold lacquer rectangular box and cover
decorated in green, brown and silver hiramakie with flowering irises on a faint square ground, the interior in nashiji -- 5½.in (14cm) wide, the base inscribed "With compliments from K. Arimoto Import Dept, Kyoto".
See Colour Plate.
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Chinese Works of Art specialist Olivia Hamilton reckons this pair of superb sculptures — around 1,300 years old — are ‘the finest I've seen come up for sale‘