THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
A CLOISONNÉ BOX AND COVER, TAISHO PERIOD, 20TH CENTURY
the rectangular box with flush-fitting cover and rounded corners, decorated in various coloured cloisonné enamels and thicknesses of silver wire on a greyish ground, with rice farmers in a field before distant hills, the rim with oak leaves and acorns, brocade lining, silver mounts
18 cm., 7⅛ in. long
- Good condition.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Presented to Mr and Mrs Duncan Mackenzie Macfarlane, OBE, by HIH Princess Chichibu. Duncan L.M. Macfarlane (1907-1998) moved to Japan in the 1930s and became representative in Kobe of MacDonald Hunter and Co., a shipping company. He retired in 1962 and was awarded the OBE for his services to shipping and British interests in Japan, and the Order of The Sacred Treasure from the Japanese government. He was a vice chairman of the Japan Society, England, 1963-1981.