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A set of three Edo period gold Maki-e cups representing the three friends of winter, plum, pine and bamboo enclosed in a period wooden box dated the sixth month of Tenpo 7 (1836). They are 4 inches (10 cm) diameter and consecutively smaller, and in fine condition. Although we cannot decipher the first character, the box is titled ? Kin Taka Maki-e, Mitsukumi (? Gold Takamaki-e, Set of Three). Inside is written the date followed by the presenter Shiotani Daishiro yori Hairyo, followed by the recipients name Kawaguchi Fujiuemon? Masanari. Judging by the depth of the box there was likely originally a stand for the cups also contained, no longer present.