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Polychrome lacquer box

Polychrome lacquer box
Ryukyu Islands
Edo period,18th century

The four sides profusely carved with a solid ground of flowering peony (representing honour and prosperity) above a “greek key” border highlighted in gold. The top appliquéd with stylised Eriobotrya japonica (Japanese plum) and butterflies over an impressed swastika background washed in gold.

Provenance:
Christies, New York, Sale 8334, 10th January 1996, lot 31 “The Collections of Sir John Pope-Hennessy” (label affixed to underside). Pope-Hennessy was former director of both the Victoria & Albert Museum and the British Museum.

Compare with a tray of similar design and technique in Derek Clifford, Chinese Carved Lacquer, 1992, Bamboo Publishing, London, plate 130.

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