Momoyama namban chest with key
Lot 3096
An export lacquer chest Momoyama period (late 16th century)
Sold for US$ 15,000 inc. premium
Auction Details
An export lacquer chest Momoyama period (late 16th century) An export lacquer chest Momoyama period (late 16th century) An export lacquer chest Momoyama period (late 16th century) An export lacquer chest Momoyama period (late 16th century) Momoyama namban chest with key Momoyama namban chest with key
Lot Details
An export lacquer chest
Momoyama period (late 16th century)
Rectangular with a drop front door containing seven drawers and a central locking compartment, decorated in two shades of gold and silver hiramakie and inlaid mother-of-pearl, designed on the exterior top and sides with diamonds containing flowering tachibana plants within a scattered mother-of-pearl ground or contained in a rectangular reserve with four family crests and bordered by additional family crests on a mother-of-pearl ground, the exterior of the door with a diamond divided into four panels each with a butterfly within a rectangular shagreen reserve, the surrounding areas crushed mother-of-pearl with family crests at the corners and bordered by stylized chrysanthemum and mother-of-pearl geometric patterns, the back decorated with leafy tendrils, the interior of the door shagreen covered in black lacquer with a mother-of-pearl and flower head border, drawers all decorated with crushed mother-of-pearl and lacquered on the edges with scrolling vines, the frames alternating mother-of-pearl and lacquer chevrons, hardware carved with vines, lock plate and hinges later replacement, the box set on a later base; with key
20 1/2 x 14 1/4 x 13 7/8in (52.1 x 36.2 x 35.2cm)
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