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Antique Japanese Samurai Helmet Box, Tenbun Period, 1532-1555 | From a unique collection of antique and modern scholar's objects at https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/asian-art-furniture/scholars-objects/

Antique Japanese Samurai Helmet Box, Tenbun Period, 1532-1555 | From a unique collection of antique and modern scholar's objects at https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/asian-art-furniture/scholars-objects/

Writing Box with Design of a Cherry Tree and Waterfall Period: Edo period (1615–1868) Date: 19th century Culture: Japan Medium: Gold and silver maki-e on black lacquer

Writing Box with Design of a Cherry Tree and Waterfall Period: Edo period (1615–1868) Date: 19th century Culture: Japan Medium: Gold and silver maki-e on black lacquer

Tiered Box (Jûbako) with Design of Summer and Autumn Fruits Shibata Zeshin (Japanese, 1807–1891) Period: Edo (1615–1868)–Meiji period (1868–1912) Date: ca. 1860–90 Culture: Japan Medium: Powdered gold and silver (maki-e) and colored lacquer on brown lacquer

Tiered Box (Jûbako) with Design of Summer and Autumn Fruits Shibata Zeshin (Japanese, 1807–1891) Period: Edo (1615–1868)–Meiji period (1868–1912) Date: ca. 1860–90 Culture: Japan Medium: Powdered gold and silver (maki-e) and colored lacquer on brown lacquer

Writing Box with Design of the Tatsuta River. Edo period (1615–1868) Date: 19th century

Writing Box with Design of the Tatsuta River. Edo period (1615–1868) Date: 19th century

Inrô with Sparrows in Snow-covered Nandina  Hara Yôyûsai  (Japanese, 1772–1845)  Artist: After a design by Sakai Hôitsu (Japanese, 1761–1828) Period: Edo period (1615–1868) Date: early 19th century Culture: Japan Medium: Lacquer with gold and silver makie, coral, and applied stained ivory Ojime: bead with stylized medallions; green stone with gold makie lacquer Netsuke: round box with iris design

Inrô with Sparrows in Snow-covered Nandina Hara Yôyûsai (Japanese, 1772–1845) Artist: After a design by Sakai Hôitsu (Japanese, 1761–1828) Period: Edo period (1615–1868) Date: early 19th century Culture: Japan Medium: Lacquer with gold and silver makie, coral, and applied stained ivory Ojime: bead with stylized medallions; green stone with gold makie lacquer Netsuke: round box with iris design

Spice box  W. R., London ca. 1602 - silver. The intricate ornament on this scallop-shaped box reflects the late Elizabethan taste for Antwerp Mannerism; indeed, many specialized workers active in London’s goldsmiths’ trade came from the Spanish Netherlands. Although shell-shaped boxes such as this one are sometimes referred to as spice boxes, according to early seventeenth-century inventories, they were used for serving sugar, an expensive delicacy.

Spice box W. R., London ca. 1602 - silver. The intricate ornament on this scallop-shaped box reflects the late Elizabethan taste for Antwerp Mannerism; indeed, many specialized workers active in London’s goldsmiths’ trade came from the Spanish Netherlands. Although shell-shaped boxes such as this one are sometimes referred to as spice boxes, according to early seventeenth-century inventories, they were used for serving sugar, an expensive delicacy.

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