A JAPANESE LACQUER TRANSITIONAL-STYLE CHEST IN THE EARLY PICTORIAL-STYLE, WITH A LID, DOORS, DRAWERS AND PILASTERS ON THE CORNERS
Nagasaki or Kyoto, 1630-1650
Black lacquer decorated in hiramaki-e and takamaki-e, he hinged lid on top of the box is decorated with a cock and chicken in a landscape under a gnarled pine tree enclosed by a cash pattern border in the typical Namban style, the sides decorated with ducks in a watery landscape, underneath is a cupboard set in from the sides with two sideway-opening doors fit in the same border as the lid and decorated with a bird sitting among bamboo and chrysanthemums when opened revealing four drawers decorated in gold and red with flowers.
H. 41.5 x W. 42.5 D. x 32.5 cm
The inside of the lid probably had a mirror as can be found in jewel boxes (see Oliver Impey & Christiaan Jörg, Japanese Export Lacquer, 1580-1850, ill. 388 and 389). Also, the pilasters on the corners are typical for so-called jewel boxes. At the moment the only other known Transition example of a box with a lid, doors, drawers and pilasters is in a private collection in Oxford ( Japanese Export Lacquer, ill. 311).