This superb cabinet Japanese cabinet was almost certainly bought by the collector and connoisseur, John, 4th Marquess of Bath (1831-1896) for Longleat, Wiltshire. The 4th Marquess inherited the great Elizabethan seat of the Thynne family when he was still a small child. During his lifetime he indulged his passion for collecting and remodelled the interior of the house in an Italianate style, with the help of the decorator John Dibblee Crace. The cabinet would have been an appropriate addition to the lacquer furniture purchased by his grandfather, the 2nd Marquess, including a Regency cabinet-on-stand possibly by George Oakley and a magnificent pair of Empire side cabinets by the Jacobs. All of these items were included in the Longleat sale, Christies, London, 13 June 2002, lots 326, 329 and 330.