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Japanese Lacquer Kyodai or Mirror Stand on Small Chest

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Lacquer: Pre 1900: Item # 1091256
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A 19th century Japanese kyodai (mirror stand) comprised of the stand on two drawer chest. Decorated with gold hiramaki-e and nashiji lacquer techniques depicting pines, prunus and grasses in rocky landscape. The prunus blossoms rendered in oxidized silver haku-e with gold details. Engraved metal terminals adorn scrolled elements and the base of the holder. Two metal insets with Paulownia Mon also adorn the mirror holder as well as the two drawer pulls. Gilt mostly worn from the metal ornaments but with noticeable traces on the Mon insets. The Paulownia Mon has been said to rank second only to the Chrysanthemum. The mon was used by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, conferred by him to successful generals and is associated with branches of the Matsudaira clan among others. Kyodai (mirror stands) were an important part of a wedding trousseau. Condition is adequate for a study piece and for a dramatic and presentable decoration. The mirror holder is in relatively good condition, the drawer fronts in reasonably good restored condition, but the sides of the chest with some distress and losses (a worthy conservation project if one is inclined.) With the mirror holder removed, fading (from light and wear) can be observed between the covered area and the rest of the top [see our enlargement 9]. We will be happy to e-mail full size copies of any of our enlargements in response to requests for greater detail. Overall height: 24 3/4 in (62.86 cm). Chest height: 10 1/4 in (26 cm). Length and Width both 10 3/4 in (27.3 cm). Note that mirror holder detaches but will still require a fairly sizeable box to ship safely (shipping and packing extra.)