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THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN GENTLEMAN

AN IMPORTANT PORTABLE CHRISTIAN SHRINE MOMOYAMA PERIOD, 16TH CENTURY
Estimate
120,000180,000
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109

THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN GENTLEMAN

AN IMPORTANT PORTABLE CHRISTIAN SHRINE MOMOYAMA PERIOD, 16TH CENTURY
Estimate
120,000180,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Fine Japanese Art

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AN IMPORTANT PORTABLE CHRISTIAN SHRINE MOMOYAMA PERIOD, 16TH CENTURY
the shallow rectangular frame and a curved architectural top and two hinged doors and inner frame, with copper gilt fittings engraved with chrysanthemum mon, the interior of the doors decorated in gold hiramaki-e and inlaid in mother of pearl with panels of fuyo bordered by a rare design of stylised flowerheads, the exterior with tachibana and wild pinks bordered with similar flowerheads and hanabishi, the top with a roundel depicting a crucifix surrounded by a geometric design, the reverse in black lacquer, the frame containing a Western painting in oils, probably South American, of the Virgin and Child surrounded by the Apostles and angels playing instruments, the Holy Dove above
49 cm., 19 1/2  in. high. 
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Catalogue Note

The painting is based on a Spanish or Portugese engraving, the scene depicts amongst others, Saints John, James, Peter, Catherine, Alexandria, Anne and Mary Magdalene. It is possible the pigments were overpainted in Mexico as Nanban lacquers including shrines were sent from Japan to Manila and thence to Nueva España (Mexico). There is a Momoyama frame containing a similar painting in a Private Collection (See Christie's Thursday 8th December 2016 Art of Japan, lot 72)

Fine Japanese Art

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