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Cabinet

Cabinet

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    1885-1900 (made)

  • Credit Line:

    Margary Gift

  • Museum number:

    W.23:1-1969

  • Gallery location:

    Japan, Room 45, The Toshiba Gallery, case 4 []

The Ōzeki Company was one of Japan’s most successful purveyors of high-quality crafts. It had branches in Tokyo and Yokohama, and commissioned its products from a variety of specialist workshops. The decoration of shell, ivory and horn on this cabinet is the work of the Shibayama workshop, whose products were extremely popular with westerners.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

1885-1900 (made)

Descriptive line

Wood and black lacquer cabinet with three drawers, with carved decoration depicting cocks, 1885-1900, Japan.

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

J. Earle (Edit), Japanese Art & Design: the Toshiba Gallery Guide, (V&A, 1986). Photograph on p.197

Labels and date

Cabinet with cockerels
1885–1900

The Ōzeki Company was one of Japan’s most successful purveyors of high-quality crafts. It had branches in Tokyo and Yokohama, and commissioned its products from a variety of specialist workshops. The decoration of shell, ivory and horn on this cabinet is the work of the Shibayama workshop, whose products were extremely popular with westerners.

Signed ‘Made by Ōzeki’ for the Ōzeki Company
Tokyo or Yokohama
Wood covered in black lacquer with gold lacquer decoration; shell, ivory and horn; silver fittings
Margary Gift
Museum no. W.23-1969
[04/11/2015]

Production Note

The three signatures seem to refer to the Shibayama work, the lacquer, and the silver mounts

Materials

Wood; Lacquer

Categories

ELISE; Lacquerware

Collection

East Asia Collection

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