A Nanban lacquer coffer Edo period (1615-1868), circa 1615-1630 45cm x 97cm x 40cm (17¾in  x 38 1/8in x 15¾in).
Lot 309* TP
A Nanban lacquer coffer Edo period (1615-1868), circa 1615-1630
45cm x 97cm x 40cm (17¾in x 38 1/8in x 15¾in).
Sold for £10,625 (US$ 14,213) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Nanban lacquer coffer Edo period (1615-1868), circa 1615-1630 45cm x 97cm x 40cm (17¾in  x 38 1/8in x 15¾in). A Nanban lacquer coffer Edo period (1615-1868), circa 1615-1630 45cm x 97cm x 40cm (17¾in  x 38 1/8in x 15¾in). A Nanban lacquer coffer Edo period (1615-1868), circa 1615-1630 45cm x 97cm x 40cm (17¾in  x 38 1/8in x 15¾in).
A Nanban lacquer coffer
Of conventional form with hinged curved lid, the top, front, back and sides all bordered by bands of formal floral ornament imitating shell inlay, the top and front with a further ogival border, surrounding a black-lacquer surface decorated in gold, silver and coloured lacquer and kirigane, with floral motifs including omodaka (water plantain), tachibana (mandarin orange), and kuzu (kudzu vine), the top and each with two hares, the interior lacquered black and painted inside the lid with a spray of camellia wrapped in a silk cloth, the corners of the lid and body applied with engraved copper-gilt fittings, the sides each with a swing handle, the front with an elaborate lock-plate and clasp.

Footnotes

  • The present form of coffer with domed cover, nicknamed kamaboko (fish sausage) by modern commentators, was only briefly fashionable and gradually gave way to the flat-topped chest during the second and third decades of the seventeenth century as the Portuguese presence in Japan waned and Dutch traders began to play a more prominent role.

    For similar types, see Oliver Impey and Christiaan Jörg, Japanese Export Lacquer 1580-1850, Amsterdam, Hotei Publishing, 2005, pp.153-154, nos.343 and 344.
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