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Writing table

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1620 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood, covered with gold and silver <i>takamaki-e</i> (high sprinkled picture) and <i>nashiji (pear-skin ground)</i> lacquer, with gold and silver details; silvered metal fittings

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Misses Alexander

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Japan, Room 45, The Toshiba Gallery, case 14

Physical description

Writing desk, wood covered in gold and silver lacquer, decorated with a deserted palace by the sea, Japan, ca. 1620.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)


ca. 1620 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Wood, covered with gold and silver takamaki-e (high sprinkled picture) and nashiji (pear-skin ground) lacquer, with gold and silver details; silvered metal fittings


Height: 9 cm, Length: 59.7 cm, Width: 35 cm

Descriptive line

Writing desk (bundai), wood with gold and silver lacquer takamaki-e (high sprinkled picture) with nashiji (pear-skin ground) of a deserted palace, Japan, 17th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Baker, Malcolm and Richardson, Brenda, eds. A Grand Design : The Art of the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: V&A Publications, 1997. 431 p., ill. ISBN 1851773088.

Subjects depicted

Landscapes (representations); Buildings; Palaces; Trees


Images Online; Woodwork; Furniture


East Asia Collection

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