Very Rare Japanese Lacquer Screen

  • This item was purchased by Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Very rare Japanese six-fold lacquer screen. Late-17th century.

Height  67½"  (1,71.5m).
Width of each leaf  21½"  (54.5cm).

Provenance :-  The Dukes of Hamilton, Lennoxlove, East Lothian. Now in the Victoria & Albert Museum (Museum No. FE.50-1980).

On this occasion at least the description ‘very rare’ is not misplaced, as this has been said to be the only Japanese export lacquer screen known to exist.(1)

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Footnote

1. Oliver Impey and Christiaan Jörg, Japanese Export Lacquer, 1580-1850, 2005, figs. 457a, b, c, p. 191 and p. 192.

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