Large Japanese Black Lacquer Dowry Trunk, Nagamochi

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Made for a member of the Japanese Imperial Family, as indicated by the sixteen petal chrysanthemum which appears in several elements of the relief carved shakudo and gold metal work on the trunk. The raised lacquer imperial chrysanthemum seal, of which only abstracted remnants remain, was probably intentionally abraded when this particular branch of the family was divested of its title during the American Occupation of 1947.
Of unusually generous proportions, with a slightly domed lid. Large handles on the side were used for carrying the the bridal trousseau. The hinges are constructed in such a way that the lid can be slid off after opening, for easier access.
Provenance: The estate of Ann Landers, Chicago, IL.
Details
Of the Period
Meiji
Place of Origin
Japan
Date of Manufacture
Late 19th Century
Period
Late 19th Century
Materials and Techniques
Lacquer
Condition
Good. Overall good condition, slight scratches and distressing to the lacquer; imperial chrysanthemum lacquer mon has been intentionally abraded. .
Wear
Minor fading
Dimensions
31 in. H x 63 in. W x 31 in. D
79 cm H x 160 cm W x 79 cm D
Dealer Location
Austin, TX
Number of Items
1
Reference Number
U101129894773
Address
Lotus Gallery
1009 West 6th Street
Austin TX 78703
US
(512) 710-0036
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