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Large Japanese Marquetry Table Cabinet, Meiji Period, Late 19th Century, Japan



A fine and unusually large Japanese table cabinet or jewelry chest with yosegi marquetry work and lacquer paneled doors, Meiji period, late 19th century, Japan. The oversized table cabinet of irregular octagon shape, with a lift top featuring a black lacquered compartmentalized section over two drawers. Two large doors open to reveal a series of six drawers. An additional three drawers below complete the chest. The two doors inset with maki-e decorated lacquer panels. One door depicting rushing water among pine trees and rocky outcrops. The other door with a dynamic scene of an eagle attacking a monkey under pine trees. The pine is a symbol of strength, endurance, and longevity. The image of the eagle attacking a monkey is a symbol of overpowering strength. The imposing cabinet with amazing marquetry work of various precious woods, a technique known as yosegi in Japanese. The skilled artisan has used contrasting woods to created geometric and figural patterns throughout the cabinet, including a bat and a stylized longevity character. The fittings all of white brass, embossed with a delightful scrolling vegetal and floral design. The sides and back of the cabinet in black lacquer with golden spots of maki-e.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 24.5 in. (62.23 cm)Width: 17.5 in. (44.45 cm)Depth: 8.75 in. (22.23 cm)
  • Style
    Meiji (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1890
  • Condition
    Repaired: The back with three horizontal repaired splits. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor structural damages. Minor fading. One door and lacquer panel with a vertical split. The lift top slightly warped, with a gap to the back left side. The sides and back with evidence of heat damage to the lacquer. Minor separation to the sides. Please see photos. No key.
  • Seller Location
    Austin, TX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU894724165012

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About the Seller
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Located in Austin, TX

Founded in 2001, Lotus Gallery offers a carefully curated selection of furniture, jewelry, sculpture and works of art spanning millennia, continents and cultures. Although it seeks out beauty in all its forms, they specialize in Asian antiquities, especially Chinese pieces from the Han and Tang dynasties and chinoiserie. Based in Austi...

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