Pope-Hennessy box
Pope-Hennessy box
Pope-Hennessy box
Pope-Hennessy box
Pope-Hennessy box

Pope-Hennessy box

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Cinnabar lacquer box


Japan, 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
fixed 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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