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PROPERTY FROM A JAPANESE COLLECTION

A MOTHER-OF-PEARL INLAID BLACK LACQUER MEDICINE BOX MING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 11,875 USD
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PROPERTY FROM A JAPANESE COLLECTION

A MOTHER-OF-PEARL INLAID BLACK LACQUER MEDICINE BOX MING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 11,875 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Important Chinese Art

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A MOTHER-OF-PEARL INLAID BLACK LACQUER MEDICINE BOX MING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY
of rectangular form with two mounted metal handles suspended at the sides, the latched cover opening to reveal an integral tray, the front panel latched and secured with a key lock, the exterior of the cover and sides each meticulously inlaid with shaped and incised segments of mother-of-pearl forming a central lobed cartouche enclosing an auspicious scene of the Eight Immortals, boys at play, or scholars at leisure in a garden all reserved against an inlaid diaper ground, the interiors of the cover and front panel inlaid with calligraphic inscriptions, an inlaid floral scroll wrapping the bottom edge of the box, the interior with an upper tray over one long and four short drawers (Japanese and later-added), the metal key with a fabric pouch both attached by a cord, the five inlaid interior drawers Japanese and later-added, inscribed Japanese wood box (11)
Height 8 5/8  in., 21.9 cm; Width 10 7/8  in., 27.6 cm; Depth 7 5/8  in., 19.4 cm
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Provenance

Japanese Private Collection.

Catalogue Note

According to an inscription by Sakuma Shōzan (1811-1864) on the Japanese wood box, the present inlaid lacquer medicine box was in the collection of Dai Mangong (1596-1672), a late Ming dynasty scholar-monk from Hangzhou, who moved to Japan in 1653 and practiced medicine there. Dai was also known as Dokuryu Shoueki. According to the same inscription, the medicine box was subsequently in the collection of Mr. Shibuya. The last line of the inscription includes the date it was written: tenpo sinchu natsu satsuki, corresponding to May 1841.

Important Chinese Art

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