A Nanban lacquer coffer The chest Japanese, Momoyama period (1573-1615), the stand English, early 19th century  (3)

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Lot 385W
A Nanban lacquer coffer
The chest Japanese, Momoyama period (1573-1615), the stand English, early 19th century

Sold for £ 22,500 (US$ 28,291) inc. premium
A Nanban lacquer coffer
The chest Japanese, Momoyama period (1573-1615), the stand English, early 19th century
Of conventional form, the domed, hinged lid, body and sides divided into panels separated by horizontal and vertical bands of shell-inlaid patterns of shippo-tsunagi (linked cash), semi-circular waterwheel and other geometric motifs, the cover with two front panels depicting respectively pheasants and confronting fighting cockerels, the front of the chest with two panels of grazing and frolicking deer with birds in flight above three integral drawers, the interior of plain black lacquer and fitted with an en-suite removable compartmentalised tray, the inside of the lid embellished in gold hiramaki-e, and inlaid in shell with two long-tailed exotic birds among clematis scrolls, the remaining panels, sides and reverse lacquered with typical Nanban tendrils, on a detachable, later rectangular wood stand. The chest 60cm x 100.5cm x 48.1cm (23¾in x 39½in x 19in), the stand 36cm x 104cm x 50cm (14 1/8in x 41in x 19¾in). (3).

Footnotes

  • Nanban coffers were among the first export objects crafted in Japan and this form was only produced for a short period, since the fashion in Europe later evolved towards more compact chests with flat covers. The inclusion of drawers close to the base is also one of the more unusual features of Nanban coffers.

    A similar coffer also with three integral drawers in the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA is illustrated by Oliver Impey and Christian Jörg, Japanese Export Lacquer, 1580-1850, Amsterdam, Hotei Publishing, 2005, p.148, no.320. For other examples of similarly decorated Nanban coffers from the same period, see Impey and Jörg, ibid., p.286, no.565, in the Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, Madrid and p.321, no.623, in the Royal Collections, Gripsholm Castle, Stockholm.
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A Nanban lacquer coffer The chest Japanese, Momoyama period (1573-1615), the stand English, early 19th century  (3)
A Nanban lacquer coffer The chest Japanese, Momoyama period (1573-1615), the stand English, early 19th century  (3)
A Nanban lacquer coffer The chest Japanese, Momoyama period (1573-1615), the stand English, early 19th century  (3)
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