AN EDO PERIOD (1603-1868) LACQUERED CABINET ON A WILLIAM AND MARY (1688-1694) PARCEL GILT AND GESSO STAND, JAPANESE AND ENGLISH, 17TH/18TH CENTURY, in the transitional late Baroque/early Rococo taste, the rectangular Japanese export cabinet with two cupboard doors each mounted with six repeating pierced quatrefoil gold lacquer varnished metal strap hinges, each panel with hiramaki-e and takamaki-e lacquerwork, the exterior with bouquets, flowering vases, and leisure kite flying, centering an arabesque escutcheon with sea village scene, opening to an interior now fitted for use as a gentleman's tobacco pipe, leaf and drinks cabinet, lined with original panels and mirrored surfaces, with lacquer scenes of a village by the sea, pairs of geese, architecture in landscape, nesting hens and a villager at work. Height: 59.88" Width: 40" Depth: 22"
Apparent restorations and in painting throughout, the most recent sometime in the early 20th century, the cabinet modified for smoking parlor use, heavy losses to lacquer and carving, old exposure to woodworm, rubbing and losses of gilt varnish lacquer on hinges, some losses of bronze mounts, but overall in fair to good condition, wear commensurate with age. Simpson Galleries strongly encourages in-person inspection of items by the bidder. Statements by Simpson Galleries regarding the condition of objects are for guidance only and should not be relied upon as statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty, or assumption of liability by Simpson Galleries. All lots offered are sold "AS IS.”