Lot 11
  • 11

A Japanese gilt-decorated lacquer guardian figure, Meiji Period, late 19th century

20,000 - 30,000 GBP
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  • Pine, lacquer, Coral, mother of pearl, ivory
  • overall approximately: 200cm. high; 6ft. 6¾in.
mounted with ivory, glass and metal on a lotus carved base raised on a stepped square plinth with an associated faux marble European box stand


Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford, 1st Baron Redesdale, of the second creation, (1837–1916) possibly presented by Emperor Meiji (1852–1912) of Japan;
thence by descent

Baron Redesdale acquired this extraordinary statue in Japan circa 1870. In 1866 he was appointed 3rd Secretary to Japan by the British Government and in 1868 he became Secretary of the British Legation there. He was honoured at the Japanese Imperial Court by the young Emperor Meiji in the same year. He also wrote Tales of Old Japan in 1871, drawing on the folklore of a country he loved.