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A Japanese Export Mother-of-Pearl Inlaid Black and Gilt Lacquer Secrétaire à Abattant

Nagasaki, circa 1820

Estimate
10,00015,000
JUMP TO LOT
196
A Japanese Export Mother-of-Pearl Inlaid Black and Gilt Lacquer Secrétaire à Abattant

Nagasaki, circa 1820

Estimate
10,00015,000
JUMP TO LOT

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A Japanese Export Mother-of-Pearl Inlaid Black and Gilt Lacquer Secrétaire à Abattant

Nagasaki, circa 1820

the frieze drawer above a fall front enclosing a fitted interior, and a pair of cupboard doors; decorated in the Kyoto-Nagasaki style with a harbor scene.
height 5 ft.; width 32 1/2 in.; depth 17 1/4 in.
(152.4 cm; 82.6 cm; 43.8 cm)
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Catalogue Note

This secrétaire was produced for the Dutch East India Company (VOC) based on the island of Deshima, Nagasaki, Japan.  Owing to the Napoleonic wars, Dutch trade with Japan was virtually non-existant between 1796 and 1816.  What little trade that did take place often was conducted through neutral parties.  Evidence for this is provided by a dressing cabinet of very similar form and decoration in the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, collected in Nagasaki in 1801 by Samuel Gardner Derby, the captain of the Margaret (see, O. Impey, Japanese Export Lacquer 1580-1850, Amsterdam 2005, p. 324, fig. 631).

A pair of similar secrétaires one of which is in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the other in the Maritime Museum Prins Hendrik, Rotterdam, depicting Dutch-English battle scenes and signed by the lacquer maker Sasaya is also thought to have been made shortly after the resumption of trade after 1816 (see O. Impey, op. cit. p. 58).

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