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On View Charles Goddard Weld Hall, level 3

Object description

  • Japanese cabinetmaker
  • Cabinet, about 1630
  • Lacquer, wood, mother of pearl, gold
  • Japan
  • H: 12 1/4 in, W: 16 7/8 in, D: 15 in (H: 31.1 cm, W: 42.9 cm, D: 38.1 cm)
  • Museum purchase, 1997
  • AE85343


Japanese export lacquer cabinet, decorated in gold and silver hiramakie, takamakie, okibirame, and inlaid in aogai on a nashiji ground. The top, sides and back decorated with a landscape with birds, flowers on roironuri ground, shaped panel. The front with two doors, mounted with an elaborately carved and pierced silver lockplate, opening to reveal ten various-sized sunk-panelled drawers, each with a shaped roironuri ground panel with a rocky landscape or trees on nashiji ground, their interiors in red lacquer. The inside doors with flowering cherry trees, kikyo, ominaeshi and bush clovers, the inside drawers in red lacquer, with finely chiselled silver kanagu, each face surrounded by an aogai inlaid lozenge pattern border. Silver carrying handles on either side. Top corner edges and bottom side edges with silver brackets. | According to the notes of Mr. and Mrs. Shigeru Fujisawa (made during a visit to PEM on 18 June 1997), this is a pristine example of "late Namban lacquerware" with original nails, escutcheon, and corner guards. The nashiji background lacquer work is perfectly executed and the hiramaki-e landscapes are of the best quality.

Exhibition History

  • Upcoming Exhibition, Peabody Essex Museum; 2015 through Present
  • Japanese Art Gallery, Peabody Essex Museum; January 06, 2003 through Present
  • Worlds Revealed: The Dawn of Japanese and American Exchange, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; November 17, 2000 through March 18, 2001