A UNIQUE DUTCH-COLONIAL JAPANESE BLACK-LACQUER CABINET CHEST WITH SILVER MOUNTS
Edo period, last quarter 17th century
Hinoki and keyaki wood, black lacquer and silver mounts, with two doors behind which a set of drawers of which two with lock, the sides with handles.
H. 71.5 x W. 86 x D. 48.3 cm
Jonkvr(ouw) Ricardus by legacy to “Gasthuis Delft”, donated to Museum Delft, auctioned in Utrecht in 2019.
Undecorated Japanese lacquered cabinets with silver mounts are highly unusual. The present one was undoubtedly explicitly ordered by a Dutch VOC official based in Japan, on the small artificial island of Decima. In the mid-17th-century black ebony furniture with silver mounts was popular in the Netherlands